Alla User conference della settimana scorsa SAP ha presentato lo status di Galaxy, che rappresenterà la futura offerta SAP per il BPM. Benchè Galaxy non sia ancora disponibile SAP lo sta spingendo con l'obiettivo di congelare la scelta da parte dei propri clienti in attesa del rilascio.
Ecco alcuni commenti da parte di esperti del settore (Ray Wang, Sandy Kemsley, Dennis Howlett, Madan Sheina) :
1) "It will probably take a couple of iterations to get to the point where they're happy with it and the customers are happy with it," said Ray Wang, an analyst with Forrester Research. While the embedded nature of SAP's BPM tools presents certain benefits, the benefits may be diminished for customers with highly heterogenous environments, Wang said: "If your world revolves around SAP, this is a great tool. If you've got other kinds of stuff you want to support, you might try something else. "http://www.techworld.com/applications/news/index.cfm?newsID=101436&pagtype=all
2) Sandy Kemsley: My immediate impression is that in the near term, they’re creating a BPM platform that’s fairly loosely coupled (via web services) with core SAP applications, which doesn’t appear to provide any advantage over using a third-party BPMS with SAP applications; in fact, more mature BPM suites are likely to provide greater functionality.
3) Dennis Howlett (Irregular Enterprise): I was less than impressed, given that unless customers are ‘green field’ sites, then there is limited value to be derived from this offering compared to what is already on the table from SAP or from competitors Lombardi and others. http://blogs.zdnet.com/Howlett/?p=386
4) Madan Sheina (Ovum): The basic functionality provided in the first release of NetWeaver BPM also raises an important question - what advantage does it provide over using best of breed BPM products like Lombardi in conjunction with SAP applications. While NetWeaver BPM provides reasonable level of out-of-the-box functionality that will satisfy its existing customer base the more mature BPM suites on the market still provide richer capabilities.