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BPM tool takes project management task

BP Logix's latest release, BP Logix Process Director, is designed to integrate project planning and business process management. The product is targeted at business analysts.

When you get deep enough into a technology problem, it usually begins to look like a project management problem....

This is true of BPM. You line up your processes in the business, and then you assign tasks to people or machines.

BP Logix, a firm with initial roots in the document and knowledge management space that transitioned over several years to focus on workflow and eventually BPM, is increasingly addressing BPM at a project management level. The company's latest release, BP Logix Process Director, is designed to integrate project planning and business process management. It joins other BP Logix products such as Workflow Director.

"We target to the business analyst," said Joby O'Brien, vice president of development, BP Logix. "Our software is geared toward the graphical interface. It also comes with an embedded SDK for .NET developers that want to expand beyond the out-of-the-box capability."

If business analysts are a target, what does O'Brien think of BPMN, the industry standard Business Process Management Notation that has just reached version 2.0?

"With Process Director we haven't embraced BPMN yet, but we are going to," O'Brien said.

"With BP Logix's Workflow Director users model workflow in a manner similar to using a flow chart, which O'Brien sees as very similar to how BPMN creates "steps." Process Director works on a different paradigm.

"With Process Director, we have fused project management methodologies into the BPM base," said O'Brien.

The new product's purview is familiar to anyone familiar with a Gantt chart. It deals with notions of duration and dependencies.

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