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BPM Tools Evaluation 2015 - Survey & Review by the Global Community of Practitioners

BPM Tools Evaluation 2015 - Survey & Review by the Global Community of Practitioners

Six years back we started with a noble idea of recognizing organizations who are applying Enterprise, Business & IT Architecture as a means of creating better and viable Enterprise.

In the last 5 years, iCMG Architecture Award Competition driven by independent jury has become a global benchmark of acceptance as the leading companies from USA, Europe, Asia, Middle East, Africa, South America have participated in this competition. The iCMG Award competition provides a neutral, peer-driven evaluation opportunity for some of the biggest names such as S&P Capital IQ and S&P Dow Jones Indices, Deutsche Bank, Royal Bank of Scotland, BNP Paribas, ING, ABSA, The Hartford, EADS, Schneider Electric, Procter & Gamble, Intel, SAP, Cisco, British Telecommunications etc.  We have also witnessed a growing participation from Govt. agencies from across the globe including USA, Canada, Switzerland, UK, South Africa, Australia, Singapore, UAE, etc. Some of the Govt. Agencies include Singapore Ministry of Defense, Westminster City Council UK, Abu Dhabi Judicial Department, Dutch Immigration Naturalisation Service (IND),  Protestants Church Netherlands. Here, is the quick link to winners of Architecture Award competition.

 Winners 2014  Winners 2013  Winners 2012  Winners 2011 Winners 2010

Similarly on the lines of Architecture Award competition, we are happy to announce our new initiative related to Tools that forms an important backbone for leading Enterprises.

BPM Tool EvaluationBPM tool review will be first in this series. We are happy to announce the first edition of the community driven Global BPM Tool Evaluation.

The idea of this survey & review is to provide a platform for annual ranking that will provide a global benchmark for assessment and decision making by Enterprises.  Also, this will help vendors to assess their tools in the context of market readiness & redefine product roadmap.

This new initiative which will combine the best of community participation, iCMG tool team combined with reviews by editors with first-hand experience with tools.

Value for Enterprise

Recently, I was discussing with a Chief Architect, who had just completed BPM Tool evaluation and finalized on two products. This was followed by prototype to be created by the two chosen teams to showcase actual working of the tool and its features to support Enterprise requirements. Isn’t it true for most Enterprises today? Go through the long RFP process, over a dozen vendor presentations, multiple prototypes before making a decision. The problem is every year thousands of Enterprises are going through this exercise.  If you do some basic calculation, you will find that a company spends around $20,000 - $75,000 worth internal resources for BPM tool evaluation.

Is it possible to minimize this colossal waste of Enterprise costly resources yearly?

The answer is “yes”.  

You can review and interact with people who have shared their feedback. Also, BPM Tool Editor will be creating a report that will provide necessary details for decision making.

Value for Tool Vendors

We do know that there are few services firms who do provide product charts highlighting strength and weakness. Unfortunately, most of those listings are “paid” listing with a bill running as high as $120,000. Good for getting an entry or some branding, but it creates the chasm, doesn’t establish “authenticity” of the product maturity with your buyers. That’s why each and every buyer is going through their internal evaluation process. In fact, never your sales cycle got shortened because you are listed in some quadrant. Rather, you will find evaluation team working extra hours on such products. This initiative will help you to see and compare differences, prioritize the changes and respond to customers need quickly. We are sure that your participation here will enhance your product competitiveness and market standing.

Value for reviewers (Community participation)

In the knowledge economy, “community participation” is one of the most effective ways to seek insight (including minor or major differences). In fact, most of us spend at least 5-8 hours every week discussing and challenging ideas with peers or experts. I have found this to be the single most sustainable way of growing one’s knowledge in real time.

Your participation in this review will clearly establish you as a practitioner against hundreds of preachers. IMHO, this is best opportunity to showcase your tool prowess to your peers in the industry. Of course, community contribution will go a long way in establishing you as a subject matter expert.  

Your inputs will not only help organizations around the world to save their precarious resources, but also become nimble and agile. Your contributions will provide insight for the tool vendor to create future-ready products. Can you afford to miss such opportunity to define and shape future? All big thinkers and visionaries are invited.

BPM Tool Review – Criteria and scale

This BPM Tool Evaluation has nearly 28 rating criteria. Also, we have established a rating scale of 1 to 5 with the increment of 0.5 that will be used for assessment. We haven’t assigned different weights to rating criteria. In fact, users can see the reports or compare products by selecting a particular rating criterion. Here is the list of evaluation criteria:

Process modeling
Process modeling Support for creating process diagrams
Generate target process from AS-IS diagram Can we create target process from AS-IS?
Visual difference between AS-IS and Target Visual difference
Process statistics Such as number of message flow, roles, cost etc.
Process simulation Does it support BPSim?
Business rules Can we configure business rules?
Data modeling Is it possible to do data modeling?
Process automation
Form design Form creation based on process diagrams
Execution capabilities Ability to support process execution
Real time monitoring Real time monitoring of activities
Frameworks & Architecture support
Modeling strategy frameworks Support for modeling frameworks such as BSC, Value stream
IT Architecture Support for Network Models, Application Models, UI Models
Enterprise Architecture Support for Zachman Framework, TOGAF etc.
User Administration Does it allow User set up and administration for multi user access at varying levels?
Lock Process Diagram Support for locking a process diagram or part of diagram from editing
Desktop OS Windows & Linux
Mobile OS Android, iOS
Model import & export XPDL support
Diagram sharing and live discussion Share the diagrams with team members and review
Content publishing Content publishing into HTML, Word, PDF
Cloud deployment Cloud based deployment & access
Web based modeling & editing Does it support web based modeling & editing?
Repository Support for model repository
Version management Support for version management of process models
Ease of use
Team collaboration Real time editing, model sharing
Ease of use Overall ease of use
Extending models Ability to add new concepts and modeling notations
Vendor Support
Support Rate the support from vendor

Top rated tool lists will take into account both the average rating and the number of reviews that a tool will receive for more accurate results. BPM Tool listings can also be ordered by rating for each rating criteria. So for example, you will be able to find top rated BPM Tools based on the support for “Simulation” alone, instead of by average of 28 plus parameters.

As a visitor, you will be able to vote on reviews and use the review search functionality to find reviews that match keywords.

We also have Editor Reviews that are made by our expert users and are shown, and averaged, separately from the registered user reviews.

What are the various tools being considered in this evaluation?

Here, is the list of BPM Tools that are included for review. We have used the Wikipedia BPM Tool listing as a starting point. In case you are aware of a BPM Tool which is not listed here, please share the product details and URL. We will be happy to include them in our evaluation.

ActiveVOS Activiti Modeler Altova UModel ARCWAY Cockpit ARIS Express
AuraPortal Axon.ivy Designer Bizagi BPM Suite Bizagi Process Modeler BiZZdesign Architect
Bonita BPM Camunda Modeler Cubetto Cubetto Toolset
Eclipse BPMN2 Modeler Sparx Enterprise Architect GenMyModel HP Process Automation IBM BlueWorks Live
IBM Rational System Architect iGrafx Flowcharter, iGrafx Process Imixs-BPMN INNOVATOR for Business Analysts Intellileap Solutions
iServer jBPM IYOPRO jBPMN LucidChart
LucidChart Logizian MagicDraw Pega Systems Modelio BPM QUAM QPR ProcessDesigner RunaWFE SemTalk
Signavio Process Editor TIBCO ActiveMatrix Visible Analyst W4 BPMN+ Yaoqiang BPMN Editor

Frequently Asked Questions:

Q. This is interesting, but I don’t want to add my reviews.  What can I do?

Thanks for visiting the site; we have several great features for you.  You can create your favorite list, easily compare multiple tools on the site or submit an enquiry to a Tool owner. You can share the link with your friends and colleagues who are working in this area.

Q. Who are the editors? Can I become an Editor?

Editor reviews allow our “experts” the ability to post reviews that are shown, and averaged, separately from the user reviews. In order to become an Editor, please write to Asel Zamirbekonna


Q. Can I include videos, photos, audio and attachments in my reviews?

Yes, you can add videos and photos (screen shots) to your reviews. Each media type is automatically recognized and videos and audio files are automatically converted to HTML5 compatible formats so they play in all browsers. You can import media files directly from other sites and automatically embed videos from the most popular video sharing sites.


Q. Can I search BPM Tools listing?

Yes, you can search and find exactly what you need. Our advanced Search allows you to quickly find what you are looking for, including the ability to search BPM Tool listings by rating. You can use the default Advanced Search page where one can search listings by the defined search fields.

The Live Search feature improves the user experience by loading results in real time as you type in keywords or make selection from the Advanced Search Module.

Our Advanced Search is also capable of performing proximity searches using postal codes, partial or complete addresses.

You will be able to sort the BPM Tool listing based on most reviewed listings; top user rated listings as well as editor rated listings.


Q. I don’t see the Tool that we are using? Can I add the Tool for the evaluation?

Yes, please share the product details and URL with Asel Zamirbekonna


Q. Our BPM Tool is listed in your Review section, why should I claim ownership?

As a Tool owner, you can claim “listing” ownership so that you can manage your own listing and update product description etc. This will also help you in receiving direct sales “enquiry” from visitors who are reviewing your product.

Please send email to Asel Zamirbekonna and we will do the needful.


Q. How to use “Compare” feature?

You can use the compare feature to see the values for the selected tools in an easy to visualize format.


Q. Can I display BPM Tool Evaluation in my site?

Yes, you can use iCMG Review widgets that will display the Review site content on your websites.


Q. Can I see my reviews in Architects Corner profile?

Yes, we have added “Reviews” as a new Cloud App (cloud-based application) in the Architects Corner. The first major use of “Reviews” will be for BPM Tool Evaluation. You can see all your reviews and ratings within your profile as well.


Suggestions for Review and Comments

Every tool has strength and weakness. Every tool has certain features that make them special and economically viable. So, try to be objective with your comments and ratings. Remember it doesn’t take long to realize the “bias” one has for a tool ;-). Please avoid the use of words or phrases which could hurt the sentiments of existing tool users. Let your experience working with tool be the only factor guide your conscious while sharing reviews.

So, identify key features, mention key areas that are helpful, and any experience with a vendor that was worth sharing. Please remember, your inputs can shape the future as vendors will translate your knowledge into action.

Go ahead and start with your rating BPM Tools Review 2015.


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