Scientific, Oak Grove Speed Business Workflow

Scientific Software and Oak Grove Systems prep tools to help speed BPM.

Business process management software developers Scientific Software Inc. and Oak Grove Systems Inc. are promising to ease integration of processes across applications.

Each company is planning to release this month a BPM offering that officials at both companies claim will bring major returns on investment by speeding workflow within customers businesses.

Scientific Software this week is announcing software called Business Process Manager, which integrates with its Enterprise Content Manager offering and incorporates process design capabilities based on Microsoft Corp.s Visio 2003. The new application integrates the latest versions of Adobe Systems Inc.s namesake Designer for electronic forms for processing and data capture, which lets users participate in and report on workflows, Scientific Software officials said.

The Pleasanton, Calif., companys Business Process Manager includes content and data sources and consists of a workflow engine that has an open API and Web services interfaces for integration with applications. Scientific Software is also providing a developer kit for building workflow activities and applications, officials said.

Built on an SOA (service-oriented architecture) and Microsofts .Net framework, Business Process Manager provides tools for process modeling and configuration, as well as process and activity auditing, workflow reporting and analytics.

Meanwhile, Oak Grove this month will ship an upgrade to its Reactor BPM software that features an engine customers will use to automate and execute business processes. Reactor 6.0 streamlines work flow and features new capabilities that enable Web services orchestration and process integration.

The upgrade provides interoperability between .Net and Java environments using a Web services interface and is implemented in Java with Enterprise JavaBeans, XML and SOAP (Simple Object Access Protocol) APIs for better flexibility with existing infrastructures, according to Oak Grove officials in Calabasas, Calif.


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