The news has really created quite a buzz and almost everyone who is following BPM is excited about this announcement. Why would IBM, an arguably formidable player in the BPM market in its own right, acquire a pure-play BPM product like Lombardi? Lombardi has reported record performance in recent years. Blueprint itself has worked up a good momentum around the cloud offering and has gathered thousands of customers. Compare this with BPM Blueworks that IBM had initiated earlier this year….
SAP’s Gravity demo is indicative of what is likely to happen to collaborative activities in process discovery. Not that no one has thought of it before – most every BPM vendor offering a cloud version has already introduced feature elements of social networking. Lombardi BluePrint for example allows multiple process stakeholders to participate in process discovery and consolidates each change to the process – be it insertion of a comment, change in a workstep attribute, addition of a performer, etc….