Intelligent Enterprise 2008 Editors' Choice Awards

Intelligent Enterprise unveils its take on 'The Dozen' most influential vendors that will drive the intelligent enterprise in 2008. Plus, we highlight 36 'Companies to Watch' in five categories.

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ILog. A leader in business rules management technology, ILog is innovating in the area of decision services that can be quickly composed and deployed and then rapidly adapted and modified by nonprogrammers as business conditions and priorities change.

Lombardi Software. This innovator unites performance management and process management with path analysis, wizard-driven optimization and scenario analysis. Lombardi's easy-to-use, role-based portal gives users a view into processes, and it can flexibly adapt processes to handle exceptions. The on-demand Blueprint modeling environment, introduced in 2007, eases collaborative process discovery.

Metastorm. One of Microsoft's closest BPM (business process management) partners, Metastorm has demonstrated — through multiple acquisitions, strong partnerships and organic development — that it is intent on leading with a complete technology suite and a global footprint.

Pegasystems. Pega's SmartBPM Suite offers a unified rules-and-process engine that binds process fragments, business rules, integration calls and security controls. Pega's Ajax-based portal provides intelligent, goal-centric interfaces. SmartBPM can be tougher to learn and deploy than other BPM suites, but the benefit is more power and, ultimately, more flexibility.

Savvion. This vendor's BusinessManager suite is easy for business people to use, but it also gives IT the tools it needs for the robust integration of workflows with back-end systems. Savvion's Business Expert BAM (business activity monitoring) component tracks work in process and suggests actions that managers can take to keep performance on track.

Software AG. Many SOA (service-oriented architecture) infrastructure players are moving into BPM, but Software AG jumped ahead of several competitors in 2007 with its acquisition of webMethods. The latter's BPMS (business process management system) offers strong integration and simulation capabilities, while the services-based tie to Software AG's CentraSite ensures SOA governance capabilities.