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|COSA Workflow V4.1 (COSA
Solutions) COSA Workflow joins a powerful
organization model featuring multiple group hierarchies to a Petri net
formalism to describe the procedure. The Petri net formalism implemented
enables powerful and flexible process definition with parallelism and
synchronization of multiple flows. A distributed engine handles case
migration. COSA offers an HTML worklist handler and Lotus Notes integration.
Activities can be scripted or programmed through a comprehensive API. COSA
Workflow was selected by Baan in 1999 as the standard workflow product
integrated into its ERP product.
Complex organization with Units, Groups, Projects,
and many roles
Complex or very complex procedures with many
Powerful time control mechanisms using calendars
Reasonable throughput requirements
4.1.7, (Akazi) FlowMind is written in Java
with Java APIs and orientation. FlowMind supports all phases of process
management: process modeling, IT integration, deployment, use,
administration and continuous optimisation. FlowPoint™, the business process
modeling interface, combines multiple windows, tree-based presentation,
graph layout, forms entry and drag and drop with a minimal number of process
concepts for easy modeling. FlowComposer, the technical modeling interface
focuses on enriching models produced with FlowPoint™ with comprehensive
process modeling constructs. FlowMind generates activities interfaces as
HTML forms, and provides a web based worklist handler. Java orientation is
key to its deeper integration into applications.
- Easy analysis and design of web based processes.
- Integration of BPM features into an application
- Developments are based upon Java
- Internet based operation and deployment
FileNET P8 BPM Suite,
P8 BPM Suite is the J2EE evolution of the first workflow ever developed:
Workflo from FileNET. It leverages the scalability of the P8 platforms’
distributed architecture, its EAI capabilities through CrossWorlds, and a
Java/COM API for tailored developments and integration. P8 BPM has a
"production capable" process model, with an "ad-hoc capable" process
definition tool running from a Web-browser. It supports concurrently:
Web-browser-based install-define-and-run simple processes with document
integration; as well as versioned production processes with Java/XML (and
COM/SOAP) tailored interfaces, tuned applications integration, and event
driven interactions. P8 BPM Suite natively cooperates with its companion
products Content Manager, and Web Content Manager.
High throughput and scalability for production
- Ad-hoc define-and-run workflow applications for end
- Integration of P8 content management
- All Web-based from process definition to
- EAI through CrossWorlds
6.0 (Fujitsu) i-Flow
from Fujitsu offers a clean and simple to use user interface and a process
definition than can be completed and changed at run time. Conditions and
expression can be expressed as business rules through the ILOGs’ JRule
engine. I-Flow is written in Java and uses adapters classes (that can be
sub-classed) for accessing facilities like file system and directories. It
exposes a comprehensive Java API. Adapters for applications integration
include Taviz EAI support, listeners for SOAP and Files transfer. Interfaces
(including process definition one) are web browser based with a thin HTML
version and a thick one built from Java Applets accessible to the Java
interface developer. Those combined capabilities makes i-Flow an engine of
choice for those that want to embed an engine into a Java application.
- Applications where dynamic changes are important,
- Workflow feature to be added as a component of an
- Workflow capability to be added to a Java
- The processes are defined by (power) end-users.
Webflow (SAP) with
a true object-oriented design, Webflow offers a high level of re-usability. MQ Series
Workflow concentrates on procedure management and powerful organization modeling while
leaving activity implementation to the programmer. It is tightly integrated with Lotus
Notes. Workflow engine can directly co-operate with applications and other workflow
engines through XML encoded MQSeries messages.
- Robust, complex production workflow with applications integration.
- Procedure independence relative to organization changes
- Large number of different procedures and activities with re-usability
- Activities are complex and must be programmed to fit requirements
Staffware Process Suite (SPS) offers a good balance
between production and administrative workflow requirements while delivering
very high production and path through throughput. Interactive activities
implementation uses form definition and a scripting language. Automatic
activities can use EAI adapters for scripts, SQL database access, and Tuxedo
transactions. SPS provides an EAI adapters to BEA and Actional Control
Broker. SPS supports distributed configurations and delivers activities in
Lotus Notes and Microsoft Exchange environments. An OO development toolkit
offers a comprehensive RAD environment. A Process Monitoring tool covers
both operation and management needs.
- A true production workflow with excellent
- Comprehensive set of features covering most
- Low development cost in prototyping mode, and for
usual administrative procedures.
- Interface to EAI tools with high throughput for
production and path through applications
InConcert integrates object-oriented
technology, document management, and a process model enabling users to
quickly build and tailor workflow. Users can modify process instances
on-the-fly as exceptions and changes might require. It offers easy
definition of procedures that can be deployed through client/server, Java
and HTML-based clients. With a clean OO API offered in C,C++, OLE, and Java,
InConcert works with TIBCO IntegrationManager orchestration engine and TIBCO
RendezVous messaging for efficient and reliable applications integration.
TIBCO BPM Designer support both InConcert process and IntegrationManager
- A product of choice for dynamic changes in a
- A well architectured engine with clean Object
- Extensive event mechanisms to handle exceptions.
- Robust Rules engine
- Business templates and integration software for
telecom operators, high-tech manufacturing, and B2B e-commerce.
MQ Workflow 3.4 WebSphere MQ Workflow is entirely built on top of
WebSphere MQ application and messaging infrastructure, including
communications between servers and clients. With a true object-oriented
design, WebSphere MQ Workflow offers a high level of re-usability. It excels
on process management and organization modeling. Activities can be defined
or implemented with the assistance of ActiveX objects and Java APIs and
using Web Client technology for rapid application development, as well as
automated generation of JSP files based on process definitions. With IBM
WebSphere Business Integration Modeller and Monitor (former Holosofx BPM
tool) MQ Workflow has a strong business process analysis, simulation and
development tool in one box, as well as a comprehensive monitoring
environment. It interface with users through WebSphere features as forms and
- Robust, complex production workflow with
- Procedure independence relative to organization
- Large number of different procedures and activities
- Rich process analysis and monitoring functionality.
W4 3.0 (W4)
Designed for use on the Internet from the beginning, W4 provides an
excellent level of functionality with production workflow throughput. HTML
forms (as well as JSP, ASP, and ASP.NET) are automatically generated and can
be re-drawn graphically using an HTML editor. W4 offers simple mechanisms
enabling flexible procedures with easy handling of unforeseen situations. W4
has a comprehensive API provided in Java, C, C++, COM, C#, VB.NET and XML
messages. Integration is supported through Message queue (Oracle and
WebSphere MQ) and application adapters including an SAP adapter and an
EntireX adapter. Its Internet based distribution architecture enables
support of virtual enterprise world-wide.
- An Internet native product, with low TCO
- Supports complex procedures with re-usability of
procedures and activities
- Wide scope of applications from production to
- With good flexibility for collaborative like
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