Well, it looks like the analysts are coming round to the view that:
- “Business Processes” and their supporting technologies cover more than just simple flow-diagrams of activities
- BAM, BI, BRMS and CEP are all “process technologies”, with varying degrees of management control, human interaction, etc.
This is reflected in “BPM vendors” like TIBCO. TIBCO has an excellent (BPMN flow diagram, workflow-oriented) BPM product that targets high scalability workflows, but also has (separate, interfaced, with different use cases) BI and CEP etc technologies and associated product lines which provide different process capabilities (e.g. BI: analytics on data – both used in processes and data about processes; CEP: continuous event-oriented low-latency processes). All can be viewed from a BPM perspective (TIBCO’s “BPM+”). Plus there are multiple patterns of combining these together (especially BPM and SOA with CEP).