Business process management (BPM) vendor Staffware last week enabled integration with .Net and Linux with the release of the third version of its Process Suite.
A new component, Staffware Server Objects for Microsoft's application development framework, is designed to provide an interface to the Staffware iProcess engine, enabling developers to write BPM functionality into .Net application frameworks.
The company also plans to port Process Suite v3 onto a Linux environment. John Pyke, chief technology officer at Staffware, said the software would initially run on Red Hat used with Intel-based platforms, and that further roll-outs would be shaped by customer demand.
Database support has been extended to IBM's DB2 database. And Process Definer, the v3 workspace component, has been given an overhaul, with a new user interface and additional integration tools for Java environments.
Pending shareholder approval, US data integration specialist Tibco is to pay £123m for Staffware in cash and shares. But the vendor is set to continue as an independent Tibco subsidiary, with Process Suite v3 the main backbone of its portfolio.
John O'Connell, chief executive of Staffware, said: "[The Tibco acquisition] is not a consolidation play; it's a growth play. We have complementary technologies."
Staffware also unveiled results of independently commissioned research which showed a growth in BPM use to deliver process-driven change and productivity gains.
The report suggested that the top BPM benefits were increased process cycle times, productivity gains and development cycle times.
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