Fujitsu and Staffware plan BPM software updates

Software updates are on the way from Staffware PLC and Fujitsu Software Corp., both of which will soon release new versions of their business process management (BPM) software suites.

Staffware, based in the U.K., plans to launch version 2 of its Staffware Process Suite (SPS) this week at its annual user conference, in London. SPS is a modular set of applications for running, modeling and managing business processes such as staff tasks and supplier interactions.

A key new feature in SPS 2 is Dynamic Process Orchestration, which allows different processes to be called on the fly in response to signals from other applications and events. The technology adds flexibility, allowing designers to draw on predictive features to control complex processes, rather than having to hard-wire all possible process coordination steps, according to Staffware.

SPS 2 is also updated for compliance with the latest Java and Web services standards, Staffware said.

Available worldwide, SPS 2 carries a price tag that varies depending on a project's size and configuration, but that starts around US$100,000, according to a company spokesman.

Next week, Fujitsu Software will release the latest edition of its Interstage i-Flow Web-based BPM engine. I-Flow 6.0 adds new analytics features, along with improved error handling, simplified forms creation technology, and a tool for creating and modifying encoded business rules without having to write additional code, Fujitsu said.

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