Excel crowned top BPM tool by leading research firm Statler & Mason

In a surprise move which sent shockwaves through the traditional BPM and BPA players, Excel has been voted ‘most adaptive BPM tool’ in Statler and Mason’s annual Tsunami Pentangle industry report.

Toppling perennial favourites like IDS Scheer, Metastorm, Pega and even Microsoft’s own landscape gardening planning tool, Visio, Excel was seen to provide most of the features of expensive suites with an unparalleled ease of use.


“We surveyed a lot of people, I mean A LOT,” states an S&M Research Director, “and all came back with the same main points: 

  • Excel provided drawing capabilities out of the box without the need for complex drag and drop interfaces
  • Excel is suited to simulation conditions with it’s powerful formula engine
  • Process repositories are now in the hands of the business user with easy to use Worksheet tabs and cell linking
  • Robust change control features and lockable elements
  • Form based workflow using trusted VBA coding means business process applications can be created easily
  • Handy ‘Undo’ button

“When we took into account all these points and the attractive price point we clearly had a winner against more expensive propositions,” he went on to say. “Our survey base covered a wide cross section of industries like florists, bakers, door to door insurance sales and the odd fishmonger and all the common themes were coming back at us. No-one was remotely interested in BPMN compliance, and half our respondents couldn’t spell it anyway.” 

Where this leaves the industry is unknown. A spokesman for one of those knocked off the top slots said, “We’ve poured millions into making our tools look like Twitter after listening to the other analysts and how all they want is Excel ? I’m shocked but hats off to Bill Gates for creating a sleeper hit, it’s caught us all off guard. I’m off to download OpenOffice and see if we can integrate it with our suite now.”

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4 responses to “Excel crowned top BPM tool by leading research firm Statler & Mason

  1. Well, herein lies the greatest challenge for BPM community. Any tool that helps businesses do their job better could as well get swept under BPM. For a small business, MS Office Tools have always been very effective tools for documentation, and execution of process. But, can it be called BPM?Workflow management sits at the core of BPM. Ability to throw tasks at the users, and to make them work on their task lists, ability to complete or transfer work items, escalations, notifications, and so on and so forth – all are critical functionality expected from anything that can be called a BPM tool. Those having partial support are tending to be one!I understand the premise of their rating in that it is a useful tool that helps execution of business. Hello! That’s what tools are supposed to do! Agree, that you can program a whole lot around VBA and MS Office tools, but that will make them any tool, let’s also call them ECM, Collaboration, communication tools then.And, let’s also not get carried away that anything that helps define and maintain process definitions would be a BPM tool. Closest would be BPA!MS Office are pretty damn useful tools, but let’s not forget what BPM actually is supposed to mean!

  2. Nice prank Theo! I realized it could be an April Fool’s prank when I started writing a blog and guess what title I came up with? — Excel as BPM Tool? C’mon, is it an April Fools’ Prank?As it turns out, looks like it is!!! Well, I’m an April Fool! 🙂

  3. After an hour my subconscious mind was working on your post: Yes, this must be an Arpil joke. And a really good one. Because there is a bit of truth in it. The most SMBs are working with Excel for analyzing there business data. And similar, E-Mail is here the basis to handle workflows.

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