IBM Looks to Map and Run Business Processes with BlueWorks
October 12, 2010 Alex Woodie
Move over, e-mail–IBM has a new way to make businesses run. Unveiled last week, the new BlueWorks Live software service is aimed at helping businesses get a better handle on the processes that make their organizations function. IBM says that, when workers collaborate on business processes within the BlueWorks Live Web portal, their managers get better visibility into projects, and important details aren’t lost in confusing e-mail chains anymore.
According to IBM, BlueWorks Live gives customers tools that enable them to discover and document business processes that make their organization run. Drawing the processes is easy with the built-in Business Process Modeling Notation (BPMN) workflow diagrams, IBM says. The software is so easy to use that computer novices can map simple processes, and even complex processes can be modeled with the software.
Once the processes are documented in a shared repository on the Web, all workers will be able to contribute to process improvements through social networking features, such as instant messaging, live news feeds, and the ability to leave comments. BlueWorks Live also includes a template library filled with best-practice processes. Users can export their BPMN models to WebSphere Business Modeler for more detailed modeling.
New or changed BlueWorks Live processes can be implemented through WebSphere Lombardi Edition, another new offering unveiled last week. Or they can be implemented with WebSphere Dynamic Process Edition or FileNet Business Process Manager.
For more information, see IBM United States Software Announcement 210-358 (pdf).