IBM Brings Cloud BPM To Partners

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IBM is adding new capabilities to its business process management (BPM) offerings and giving partners the ability to offer cloud-based BPM as a service with the upcoming launch of the Blueworks Live suite.

Blueworks Live, which IBM will make available to the channel next month, gives users access to a 20,000 member-strong community while providing the ability to automate simple processes. IBM said more than 200,000 processes are already modeled and documented.

The cloud service lets users create lightweight BPM applications for expense management, document approval and other tasks while adding the ability to structure and automate ad-hoc processes in 90 seconds -- processes that are currently run over e-mail and attachments. And the channel can deliver Blueworks Live in a single offering that starts about roughly $10 per user per month. Blueworks Live is expected to be available on November 20.

IBM Blueworks Live is the next evolution of Blueprint, IBM's SaaS BPM offering that lets users discover, map, document and collaborate on business processes. Blueworks Live takes that ball and runs with it, allowing processes to be automated and enabling processes to become more "social" by adding social networking elements that let users collaborate with others online across teams, departments and organizations while also providing access to online business process communities.

"Seventy-five percent of our customers' processes today are conducted using email or spreadsheet and document attachments," Marie Wieck, IBM General Manager for Application Integration Middleware, said in a statement.


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