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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