BPMS vendor Cordys enabling business with eye to cloud development

Rob Barry

Netherlands-based BPM vendor Cordys this month struck a reseller partnership with large services and system integrator CSC. Cordys offers BPM software as a service (SaaS) that leverages a service-oriented architecture and comprises various pieces all built from the same set of Web services.

"We looked at the Cordys technology as a layer of enablement," said Andrew Levine, Director, Financial Services for Global Business Solutions at CSC [check this]. "Cordys has provided one global bank we deal with visibility and transparency into just what it is doing for their customers. It's not just a transaction company anymore."

"The whole product is built around stateless objects that maintain their states internally," said John Pyke, chief strategy officer at Cordys. "It's totally SOA-based and there's no client software. The whole thing is completely cloud deployable."

The company likes to call their offering a "Business Operations Platform." They offer a SaaS deployment framework wrapped around a BPMS and Business Activity Monitoring. These sit under the Cordys Process Factory, which provides an application development environment for cloud-based processes. Pyke suggests there are baked-in service orchestration capabilities created with cloud computing in mind.

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Human resources management SAAS provider HumanWave started using Cordys in 2007.

"We were considering a cloud solution and being successful doing that you need a couple of things," said Bart Aarsen, CEO of HumanWave. "You need a strong BPM platform."

The company was looking for a platform with a strong capacity for multitenancy on which entire applications could be built and used. At the time, Aarsen said Human Wave looked at offerings from a number of vendors, including Tibco and Microsoft.

"We chose Cordys because it offered the complete suite," said Aarsen. "If we got trained in that, the progress we could make is much greater. Plus Cordys is an independent platform. If you go for other vendors you automatically chose them for part of your application platforms as well."

Now HumanWave uses four times less of its engineering capacity to get a product to market. Also, the company's business consultants now have a more direct role in composing products.

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