There are a lot of vendors emerging from the European space in recent times and Spain seems to be a hot place right now and I’m not talking about the weather. AuraPortal and Polymita are two such examples of BPMS vendors making a play for a bigger market share with their own unique solutions and I’ll concentrate on the latter for this initial review.
Polymita have a complete integrated environment encompassing a process repository, simulation, modelling suite, workflow execution and data management as well as an integration layer that allows it to call other services into play. According to Gartner they have the shortest implementation cycle in the market so I’m sure that’s a testament to how tightly integrated their solution is.
I won’t focus on the modelling features in this review due to the fact that since v6 of the suite they now have integrated the Ekuar BPM tool into Polymita and you can read about those features in it’s own review on the website already. Saying that it’s a nice addition and investment in providing an integrated cloud-based modelling solution which already boasts some social BPM features.
Again, Polymita is an example of a comprehensive BPMS which introduces a zero-coding approach to composing process-based business applications and executable workflow, building the user interfaces from a form builder which is a menu driven and drag and drop environment. I was lead through a demonstration of a purchase order process built in Polymita by Pedro Zapata, R&D Manager and Cesar Pinto of the UK office and whilst the form building capabilities is a fairly standard WYSIWYG affair with support for HTML, AJAX , Java APIs to call web services, and able to define the properties of the data behind the form, building in data validation and persistency through the interface with no programming what I discovered was that the solution has some powerful dynamic data and content management and business rule capabilities which would make it stand out a little more from some other similar suites.
Any data entity that is defined during modelling and when building the application can be managed via the data management tool, relationships can be fully defined and can be reused across the platform. I especially liked the visual nature of how some of the data mapping was performed. Internal and external data is managed and validated through the management repository and Polymita gives the user power over this through a suite of tools. However this doesn’t stop here, because they’ve included the ability to create and generate documentation in Word, PDF or RTF format from the environment and data using a reusable templates repository and designer which integrates with the BPM suite and process information. It even supports multi-language formatting explained Cesar and certainly looked slick in operation.
The integrated business rules engine looked fairly comprehensive and quite powerful allowing for the ability to configure predictive inputs and analytics to drive automated decision making. Users have the capability to create and set up ‘scenarios’ which are rules which can be invoked at any point or triggered in the future and variables from the process can be mapped from the context of the process into the rules engine. The rules engine is capable of taking both internal data to Polymita and external via its integration layer.
Polymita features centralised admin of it’s portal environment which is essentially how the users log on and interact with the system, with their views governed by their role profile so portals (or Portlets) are fully customizable per audience. Again it’s all configuration based with no programming required to pull a new portal together for a new user or role, using a variety of styles from templates and skins.
It wouldn’t be a full BPMS without the ubiquitous BAM module and it’s fairly rich in features, I’ll not dwell too much on it as essentially any piece of data can be reported on and any process instance in execution can be tracked. Reports are customisable and again creation is a very straightforward process. There are more features with I didn’t get time to see so I’m hoping to see the tool again in more detail at a later date.
In all, the Polymita solution is very comprehensive and complete BPMS. Between it’s cloud-BPM tool via integration with Ekuar, rules engine, data and content management features and BAM, there’s not a lot you’ll be left wanting for.