Changing the future of

By Renee Boucher Ferguson  |  Posted 2005-03-14 Print this article Print

Web services"> With SAP and Microsoft using Aris as their modeling environment, and all Web services in each vendors domain interoperating and functioning through the IDS Scheer tool, "then you have to write [the Web services] in a similar fashion," said Greenbaum in Berkeley, Calif. "From a developer standpoint, this radically changes the future of Web services."

The effect could be broader still. According to IDS Scheers Kirchmer, officials of Oracle Corp., in Redwood Shores, Calif., contacted the company earlier this month to restart conversations PeopleSoft Inc. had been having to integrate Aris into its application infrastructure. Oracle acquired PeopleSoft earlier this year.

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"What is emerging is a completely new category of software, a business process management system," said Howard Smith, chief technology officer for the European division of IT outsourcing company Computer Sciences Corp. and co-founder of the Business Process Management Initiative. "For IDS Scheer, its a huge opportunity."

SAPs Enterprise Services Architecture and Microsofts Project Green are not expected until 2007 and 2008, respectively.

The endgame of providing interoperable components doesnt come without its own set of issues. CSCs Smith, in London, cautioned that the ability to consolidate processes must come from a complete process management system. "The option [to consolidate processes] does exist, but it is a function of the platform, not of the modeling tool," Smith said. "The significance of a modeling tool can be overstated. Bringing the diagram to life is where the value is."

Aris tool set
  • Design platform Design, analysis and optimization tools
  • Implementation platform UML (Universal Modeling Language) design tool; process-to-application tool; integration tool
  • Controlling platform Process Cost Analyzer and Process Performance Manager
  • Scouts Links industry-specific consultants to Aris methods and tools Check out eWEEK.coms for the latest news, reviews and analysis about productivity and business solutions.


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