New IBM Offerings Help Clients Optimize Business Processes, Improve Agility

Thirty new products, services tackle business process management

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IBM has unveiled new offerings aimed at helping organizations achieve business agility by optimizing their processes to increase efficiencies, reduce costs, and grow their businesses. The company also released results of a survey of senior executives that sheds new light on what organizations need to do to increase their ability to compete in the global marketplace.

The new software expands IBM's presence in the business process management (BPM) market. As Craig Hayman, general manager, application and integration middleware at IBM noted, “Through better business process management, organizations can manage ad-hoc and automate time-intensive tasks, freeing employees to do higher value work and providing consistent, repeatable and more efficient outcomes.”

According to a new study from the IBM Institute for Business Value (IBV), entitled “A New Way of Working: Insights from Global Leaders,” which surveyed 275 global executives, those companies that are significantly outperforming in their industries have focused on driving business agility, through work practices and business processes that help their organizations become more dynamic, collaborative, and connected.

The study also found that today’s market leaders are twice as likely to have used modeling and automation to understand and improve their business processes and are three times more likely to use collaborative workspaces.

These findings demonstrate that business processes are essential to enable the smooth and timely completion of everything from hospital admissions to product design and distribution, bill payment and claims processing.

IBM announced enhancements to the joint Center of Excellence between its Software Group and Global Business Services to help clients achieve greater agility and business performance. The enhancements support the delivery of new industry solution accelerators that provide industry-specific templates to help clients in banking, insurance, healthcare, telecommunications, and industrial product lifecycle management accelerate their BPM projects. The offerings are based on industry standards and can be can be customized to meet an individual client’s unique business needs.

IBM is also introducing more than 30 new products and services including:

  • IBM Business Process Management Suite: The suite has been expanded to include IBM WebSphere Lombardi Edition and enhancements to IBM WebSphere Dynamic Process Edition

  • IBM WebSphere Lombardi Edition: Provides visibility and real-time control to help process owners react and adjust quickly to market pressures, regulatory changes, or other external forces

  • IBM WebSphere Dynamic Process Edition: New feature packs provide enhanced functionality and new capabilities to enable increased productivity and smarter insight

  • IBM BPM Blueprint: A new, Web-based offering designed to help employees, partners, and suppliers participate in communicating and improving business processes, ideas, and initiatives

  • IBM ILOG Business Rules Management System: Includes easier and more comprehensive rule authoring for business users to automate the decision-making process

  • IBM WebSphere Commerce: A customer-interaction platform that allows retailers and shoppers to share information, events, wish lists, and more on social networking sites

  • IBM Rational Automation Framework for WebSphere (RAFW): Provides a customizable and extensible framework to automate environment administration for the WebSphere product family

For more information on all of the new products and services or for details on how IBM is helping enterprises make smarter, faster decisions by using BPM and SOA, visit www.ibm.software/websphere.