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Enabling the Intelligent Enterprise: 2005 Editors' Choice Awards

Our seventh annual take on The Dozen most influential vendors driving the intelligent enterprise. Plus, we name 48 Companies to Watch in 12 categories including enterprise apps, BI and special "vanguard" company selections.

Information Strategy | Enterprise Applications | Application Integration | Business Intelligence | Performance Management | Business Execution | Customer Intelligence | Information Management | Application Management | The Vanguard | On-Demand Leadership | Unstructured Intelligence

Business Execution

Software companies must help their customers win victories in the endless battle against complexity and inefficiency. Thus, business process management (BPM) is the rising star, promising to let companies integrate multiple functions for end-to-end success. BPM dominated our selections, although supply chain management, workflow and business rules engines are included in this category. A key influence on business execution is the current need for regulatory compliance; this has been a successful focus for some of the vendors featured here.


Strong workflow and content management are critical to business execution. The smartest enterprise content management (ECM) players are thus moving adroitly toward BPM leadership. With its P8 architecture, FileNet infuses content management applications with process management. Launched by business events, collaborative content or records management applications can trigger additional workflows. Cleanly automated processes that can change when business conditions change: That's the objective FileNet is assembling its software to help companies achieve.

Companies to Watch in 2005

Action Technologies. Action's business interaction solutions enable large organizations to automate hundreds of mission-critical processes. Embracing performance management, the company has added modules for getting processes in sync with business goals.

IDS Scheer. "Thought leader" comes to mind to describe IDS Scheer. The company has a strong relationship with SAP, making its ARIS tools and methods standard for many business execution platforms.

Metastorm. A workflow veteran with an eye for ease of use, Metastorm has more than 700 customers. Its process management suite supports strong business/IT alignment.

Savvion. Embracing a plug-and-play SOA, Savvion's BPM software helps customers unshackle processes from legacy systems and point them toward an agile future.

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