Metastorm Updates Business Process Management Platform

Version 6.5 of e-Work offers executive dashboards, advanced business rules management, BPEL support

  • Executive Dashboard and Real-Time Monitoring — Building on the product's existing Business Activity Monitoring (BAM) capability, users can now monitor and manage processes through an executive dashboard interface that provides a visual view of key process data. The dashboard will provide a user interface from which executives, managers and process owners can monitor key performance indicators and drill-down into critical process alerts to take preventative or corrective action. e-Work Version 6.5 can monitor and present process data regardless of its origin, the provider said, allowing visibility into a process across departments, applications and external organizations.

  • Advanced Business Rules Capability — A supplement to Metastorm's existing Rule Builder, the e-Work 6.5 Advanced Rules Module is built around the Microsoft BizTalk Server 2004 Rules Engine, enabling users to build and maintain rules in BizTalk and use them in any e-Work process. Metastorm said that its OEM relationship with Microsoft allows the company to embed, package and sell the BizTalk Server 2004 software, providing a single vendor, best-of-breed option for customers. "Automation of core business rules is critical to streamlining processes, improving productivity, and reducing errors," Metastorm said. "Centralized maintenance of complex business rules ensures consistency across processes and lowers the overall cost of ownership."

  • e-Work Message Queuing Adaptor Kit — Provides a secure and assured way of sending documents and transitioning work within a process from one system to another by providing packaged integration to leading message queuing technologies, according to the solution provider. "The guaranteed delivery of information is essential when e-Work is being used as a mission-critical application or is supplying information to mission-critical systems," Metastorm said. The solution now offers support for Java Messaging System (JMS), Microsoft MQ (MSMQ) and IBM's WebSphere Messaging (MQ Series).

  • Business Process Execution Language Support — e-Work Version 6.5 provides support for the OASIS Business Process Execution Language (BPEL). Processes built in BPEL can be imported into e-Work, and processes built in e-Work can be exported as a BPEL process for use by other systems. BPEL is becoming an industry standard for business process system integration and is one of the key standards shaping the future interoperability of enterprise systems, according to Metastorm.