One after another Business Process Management Suite vendor ist bying a Busines Rule Engine vendor to complete their suite. Yesterday Progress Software announced the akquisition of Corticon which I have seen on Gartner´s BPM Summit in the beginning of this year:
Dr. John Bates, chief technology officer, Progress Software said: “Within modern responsive businesses, the need to make informed and accurate decisions ‘in the moment’ is critical. High quality real-time decisions are key to avoid fraudulent transactions, to comply with complex and evolving regulations and to generally make the right decision for the business at the right time. The acquisition of Corticon reinforces Progress’ commitment to deliver operational responsiveness by helping customers build highly agile, responsive business systems with models and tools that maximize simplicity and accelerate time-to-value.”
Dr. Mark Allen, founder and former chief executive officer of Corticon, now a member of the office of Progress’ CTO, added: “[...] rules alone are sometimes not enough; to meet the holistic needs of customers, a number of technology areas need to converge [...]“
To remember: IBM bought iLog in the beginning of last year.
This may show two things:
- More and more BPM Suiten are covering more flexibility for changing small rules by the business users for the more medium to non-structured processes, see as well Adaptive Case Management
- Bussiness Rule Engine vendors may not be able to cover this small field of application without as strong partner