In case management solutions built on ActiveMatrix BPM 3.1, the process isn’t the central object, the data is. Moving from process-centric solutions to data-centric solutions changes everything, including designer productivity and expectations. ActiveMatrix BPM 3.1 has made several changes to improve ease of use and process designer productivity. Here’s one example:
Live Development in ActiveMatrix BPM 3.1 lets you design, then immediately test updates. With Live Development alone, process designers can eliminate a huge chunk of the process-design cycle. Forget about arduous process package rebuilding and redeploying.
Live Development lets you cycle through design-test-design-test quickly, testing all changes in real time directly from the design environment or through the new out-of-the-box client in ActiveMatrix BPM 3.1. When you have a change, you can make that change and get immediate feedback from end users or testing teams.
First reactions to Live Development include that a case management solution, which previously might have needed seven days to complete, can now be done in just two days. Multiply that time savings by however many processes and case management actions you have, and it’s easy to see the value. You and your entire organization can now be much more nimble in less time.
Note that Live Development enhances the use of Agile software development with your BPM projects. A library of process fragments can be tested separately, or together. You can use an Agile method to show end users project progress as fast as possible, in real time, with no more long weeks of wait time. The Agile process can also help eliminate misunderstandings among teams and arrive at a better solution faster. Designers can spend far more time on innovating, a very crucial role for competing today.
Some have said that BPM 3.1 should have been 4.0, not just a “dot release” because it has so much more functionality and ease-of-use capabilities. What do you think?