Microsoft forms alliance to spread BPM to midmarket

Microsoft Corp. Monday announced the formation of a new alliance under which 10 vendors have agreed to incorporate support for Microsoft's business process management server into their BPM products. The 10 vendors in the alliance will use Microsoft's .NET 3.0 Framework to build support for the Biztalk server into the BPM tools.

The vendors in the new Microsoft Business Process Alliance (BPA) are showing their "hard commitment to .Net [Framework] 3.0 and tight integration [of their products] with BizTalk server," said Steven Martin, Microsoft's director of product management in the Connected Systems Division.

In addition, Martin noted that the alliance shows that business process management has reached an inflection point where midmarket companies are taking notice.

"Our goal is to help drive solutions that can go significantly farther down the chain to small- and medium-sized organizations," he said. "The market is ready for driving mass adoption for BPM solutions."

The initial members of the BPA are AmberPoint Inc., Ascentn Corp., IDS Scheer AG, Fair Isaac Corp., Global360 Inc., InRule Technology Inc., Metastorm Inc., PNMsoft, RuleBurst Ltd. and SourceCode Technology Holdings Inc.

The alliance will focus on business process modeling and analysis, business rules management, human-centric workflow, process simulation and service-oriented architecture life-cycle management, Microsoft said.