System Standards and Integration
The BPM industry is chocked full of specific standards. There is BPMN, BPEL, and XPDL all being pushed by different organizations, like the Object Management Group (OMG), the Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards (OASIS), and the Workflow Management Coalition (WfMC). BPM 2.0 is a more recent addition. Though not an official standard, like the others it defines what it believes to be the “best in class” characteristics of a BPM System.
We are all entitled to an opinion. Our opinion of the “so called” BPM Standards is no secret. (If there truly was a BPM standard, shouldn’t there be just one?) We have written a couple of blog articles questioning their value and intent. However, we understand that prospective clients need to know whether and what we comply with……and what alternatives to standards we provide.
So….Does HighOrbit support any of the BPM Standards?
HighOrbit supports a variety of universal standards; standards that truly bring value to our system and customers. While we are not against standards compliance, we do not support those listed above.
Why don’t we comply with any BPM standards?
It’s simple. They conflict with our business model and target markets. You cannot provide a Fast, Easy, and Affordable solution and chase multiple, ongoing, ever-changing BPM standards compliance. If we did, our development staff would have to at least triple in size and licensing prices would be exponentially higher, all while the system becomes overly complex. That is not what our average customer wants. Our customers are small/medium sized organizations or departments of large corporations looking for a simple yet powerful BPM that is not totally reliant on IT resources. They want the option to take ownership of their workflow automation projects; designing, testing, deploying and maintaining it themselves. That is exactly what we provide.
Our development is customer driven, not dictated by the latest standard revision. By listening to our users, we continually enhance the system to comply with the reality of business by developing features and capabilities organizations truly need to automate and manage their processes. We do “BPM the HighOrbit Way”.
So…..What standard does HighOrbit Support?
We support universally adopted standards, which are well-known and accepted standards such as JDBC, LDAP, XML, HTTP, SOAP/Web Services, and Server Access Beans (Java API). These standards provide the ability to integrate with nearly any database or application. This is what our customers want; an easy and affordable system that has the technically advanced capabilities when process needs dictate their utilization.
Process Design Example with Web Service & Database Integration: