IBM Announces IBM BPM Blueworks

IBM just announced a new community and set of tools for BPM called IBM BPM Blueworks.

They define it as:

A cloud-based set of strategy and business process tools.
BlueWorks provides business users with the collateral they need to implement business strategies within their organizations based on industry-proven business process management techniques.

It basically proposes

  • tools to model BPM in a public cloud
  • a community built around BPM
  • allows users to share best practices, insight around BPM

There is a 4 step approach:

  • learning section for learning about BPM
  • allows users to experience BPM by trying designs tools
  • allows users to load models (theyused “strategy maps”, but I am not sure what they mean by that) and share with others outside of your own company (clients, partners)
  • a community to share and communicate with a larger set of experts

Once I have more information I will update this post with details and links.

Update [2009-04-30 18h00 EDT]: The press release is now available at http://www-03.ibm.com/press/us/en/pressrelease/27392.wss¬†although the BPM Blueworks component is not very detailed. I’m waiting for more info on that to come out soon.

Upcoming Events of Interest

  • IBM Impact 2009:
    • Dates: May 3, 2009 until May 8, 2009
    • Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
    • Web Site: http://www-01.ibm.com/software/websphere/events/impact2009/
    • Although it is focused on SOA, there are tracks that discuss:
      • Sub-Track: Dynamic Business Processes, Rules & Events
      • Sub-track: Business Process Management Enabled by Smart SOA (Process Entry Point)
  • The October Rules Fest 2009:
    • Dates: October 26, 2009 (tutorials) and October 27, 2009 until October 30, 2009
    • Location: Dallas Texas
    • Web site: http://www.octoberrulesfest.org/
    • Organised as a gathering of inventors and scientists behind the rule technologies, this conference is more technical than the Business Rules Forum
  • Business Rules Forum:
    • Dates: November 1, 2009¬†until November 5 2009 (probably 2 days of tutorials and 3 days of conference)
    • Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
    • Web Site: http://www.businessrulesforum.com
    • Co-located with the Enterprise Decision Management Summit, this conference is less technical than the October Rule Fest but still very interesting