Tibco, webMethods tout BAM

Tibco Software and webMethods are both boosting their profiles in BAM (business activity monitoring). Meanwhile, Oracle revealed plans to jump into the BAM fray later this year.

Tibco recently shipped OpsFactor 1.0, which provides insights into business operations being orchestrated by the company's BusinessWorks business integration software.

OpsFactor features dashboards that display real-time information and performance indicators that reflect business goals. The offering allows IT managers to proactively adjust resources to meet business objectives, Tibco said.

BAM differs from BI in that information is accessed directly from the message infrastructure rather than from a data mart, said Scott Fingerhut, general manager of business optimization at Tibco.

BAM leverages the concepts of BI from an information and analytics perspective, said Mark Smith, CEO and senior vice president of research at Ventana Research.

"But (BAM) goes beyond this and includes event management, rules, and workflow that enables intuitive methods to discover events that are relevant and actionable," Smith said.

OpsFactor includes an embedded version of Tibco BusinessFactor 4.2, a palette design module, and a browser-based desktop.

Meanwhile, webMethods has introduced Business Process Report Card, providing visibility into real-time operations of business processes, with a baseline of performance metrics to determine how well users are meeting business commitments.

Oracle will unwrap Business Activity Manager later this year. The BAM module can correlate and analyze separate events such as RFID scans or application events.

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