When evaluating BPMS vendors beware of the eye candy. Many of the pure play vendors have some of the finest charts, graphs, simulation tools, and optimization tools. The real value in BPMS tools is the modeling and integration capabilities. This is where the stack vendors excel. The eye candy can really get the attention of the business users but those features only account for about 10% of what the tools will be used for. At the end of the day, the software must integrate with your back end systems and your business and process analysts must be able to be productive with the modeler.
So buyers beware. Take off the rose colored glasses, roll up your sleeves, and look under the hood. Don't buy the fancy wrapping, buy the goods inside the box.
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