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BEA Systems Unveils Top Five BPM Trends in the State of the BPM Market

SAN JOSE, Calif., Feb. 19 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- BEA Systems, Inc., a world leader in enterprise infrastructure software, today announced the release of its 2008 State of the BPM Market white paper. The new paper synthesizes hundreds of analyst reports, industry articles and market surveys into a practical guide designed to help customers navigate a fast-paced, dynamic market. The report reveals that both business and IT executives see process improvement initiatives as their number one priority for 2008, above launching new products, controlling costs and geographic expansion. The report also shows that the BPM market is rapidly changing under the influence of mainstream adoption, vendor consolidation and convergence with other markets, including service-oriented architecture (SOA) and complex event processing. This original paper is available for download at http://www.bea.com/bpmstateofthemarket.

SAN JOSE, Calif., Feb. 19 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — BEA Systems, Inc., a world leader in enterprise infrastructure software, today announced the release of its 2008 State of the BPM Market white paper. The new paper synthesizes hundreds of analyst reports, industry articles and market surveys into a practical guide designed to help customers navigate a fast-paced, dynamic market. The report reveals that both business and IT executives see process improvement initiatives as their number one priority for 2008, above launching new products, controlling costs and geographic expansion. The report also shows that the BPM market is rapidly changing under the influence of mainstream adoption, vendor consolidation and convergence with other markets, including service-oriented architecture (SOA) and complex event processing. This original paper is available for download at http://www.bea.com/bpmstateofthemarket.

"Because many BPM suite installations have been purchased on a 'toe dipping' basis rather than as enterprise-wide reengineering, we expect growth to result both from the expansions of initial deployments to additional processes and locations and from new deployments," said Maureen Fleming, program director for business process, integration and deployment software at IDC.

BEA customers were also surveyed and the results featured in the white paper show more than 81 percent of BEA AquaLogic(R) BPM customers expect to see return on investment (ROI) in the first three years of their deployment. Customers expect the greatest ROI to come from automating or accelerating highly manual processes, and increasing visibility, improving control, simplifying complexity of hundreds of previously unmanaged processes.

Drawing on industry benchmarks, statistical and analytic data from the last twelve months the report details key findings, including:

— Rapid Market Growth: The BPM market is one of the fastest growing software markets, estimated to grow ten-fold in five years from around $500M in 2006 to an estimated $6 billion in 2011. — Market Consolidation and Technology Convergence: The BPM market is consolidating from around 150 vendors recognized in 2006 to just 25 in 2007. Large enterprise-class vendors are replacing the small "pure-plays," offering more holistic solutions that combine BPM with collaboration, portal, document management, SOA, event-driven architecture and business intelligence. — Quickly Bridging Gaps: BPM is increasingly being used to manage processes that span multiple packaged applications. BEA's customer survey shows 65 percent of BPM deployments integrate three or more systems and 60 percent of customers deploy their first process in under six months. — Critical Success Factors: In both market and BEA customer surveys, respondents indicate that organizational challenges such as internal politics, change management, lack of skilled business analysts and organizational alignment outweigh technical challenges that may impede successful BPM deployments. Organizations with successful BPM deployments don't just focus on the technology, but see continuous process improvement as an imperative business strategy. — BPM, Collaboration and Social Computing: New tools can allow business users to participate in building, managing and monitoring applications like never before. Leading BPM products support a wide range of collaborative and social process activities that today are lost in email, documents, and hallway discussions. In today's information economy, organizations must capture these unstructured interactions to improve productivity and leverage best practices.

"Our research showed the lack of flexibility, high costs of change, and IT-centricity of traditional applications has led to explosive growth in the BPM market," said Jay Simons, vice president of marketing at BEA Systems. "With BPM, companies can deploy and change processes rapidly, helping to fulfill end-to-end process needs that span systems, geographical and organizational boundaries."

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