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BPM and ECM: The war that never was!

Today I read a very well written and entertaining post from Adam Deane, titled “BPM and ECM – The War Begins”

Unfortunately it’s the “Dad’s Army” (aka the vendors…) view of the war. In the real world (Line-of-business) ECM and BPM have made peace years ago and for the last 20 years there have been very few ECM implementations without process elements, and vice-verse, very few BPM implementations that don’t involve documents, forms, images, or other forms of interaction with the knowledge workers and the customers. The only “pure-play” BPM solutions that don’t involve elements of ECM are straight-through-processing and application integration projects.

The “war” Adam is describing is a SuperMarket war:  Inevitably you need to eat both protein and fruit… Will you buy your ECM and BPM rations from IBM, Oracle, EMC, Microsoft, your local FairTrade Co-op (is that Alfresco?) Or will you support the local economy by shopping at the smaller local pure-play traders buying separately from the butcher’s, the baker’s and the greengrocer’s?

As a consumer, it’s always good to have a choice! 🙂


  1. July 21, 2010 at 7:42 pm

    Truly, the last thing you want is to buy, ECM and BPM seperately and then having to integrate it with ERP and CRM and BRM and BI and …

    So, I don’t see a war. I just see a lot of businesses being taken for a ride by vendors and integrators …

  1. June 8, 2010 at 7:56 am
  2. March 2, 2016 at 1:45 pm

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