By: Neil Ward-Dutton, Research Director, MWD Advisors
Published: 14th January 2014
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Today saw the launch of Effektif, a cloud-based work co-ordination platform built by Tom Baeyens (erstwhile leader of the jBPM and Activiti open-source workflow engine software projects) working in close collaboration with Signavio (report).
Effektif combines two work co-ordination models in one platform: a loose, ad hoc task management model where users can very quickly create lists of tasks, collaborate with others on tasks and assign tasks to others; and a more structured workflow management model where tasks are created and assigned according to a pre-defined flow. The service is being launched in stages, with much of the functionality required for a rounded BPM platform still in development and scheduled for later in 2014; today’s launch focused on the release of the base collaborative task management functionality.
I had a briefing from Tom a few days ago where we walked through the service that’s now available, as well as short-term plans for Effektif. We’ll be publishing an ‘On the Radar’ report on Effektif out of that briefing in the next couple of weeks, and that will go into quite a bit more detail on what’s available and what’s planned.
In advance of that, though—is Effektif just another BPM technology in an already crowded marketplace? Let’s face it; many pundits believe the BPM technology marketplace is already pretty mature and has maybe even stagnated. Is there a real opportunity for Effektif?
In brief, the answer is ‘yes’. There are four reasons why Effektif is not “just another BPM technology platform”, and why it’s worth considering as an outfit with some real value to add and potential in the marketplace:
As I said, we’re expecting to publish a more in-depth analysis of Effektif in the next few weeks; watch this space! In the meantime, I’d love to hear what you think about the potential for services like Effektif. Is this just a flash in the pan?
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