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Last month, IBM (news, site) announced that it was getting ready to launch Blueworks Live, its rebranded and upgraded version of Blueprint. The new launch will enable users with the ability to create ‘lite’ BPM apps. Having come out of beta this week, Blueworks Live is now on general release.

While the original Blueprint app, which enabled users to model and refine processes, is still available for free, the new service, which provides users with the ability to create and run processes, costs US$ 10 per user/month.

It also enables team collaboration on daily tasks that would normally be carried out by less easily managed applications, like email. Users can automate all processes and benefit from Process Apps templates that contain checklists and approvals.

Simple, Social BPM

What this does, is make business processes social, one of the key elements of creating agile BPM’s but with none of the weight or installation problems that are normally associated with large BPM suite deployments.

Whether users decide to use it in a public or private cloud, there are three simple ‘work’ areas:

  • Community Area: where process will be identified
  • Work area: where users can develop Java-based process apps
  • Library: where BPM apps are stored for later use or refinement

IBM and BPM

While this may the first time that IBM has ventured into the area of cloud-based BPM, it has considerable history in the BPM arena. In September, it upgraded its FileNet Business Process Manager, one of the targeted software packages in the IBM acquisition of FileNet.

In it, it consolidated five BPM products into one offering with cost reduction and ease of use in mind. The content-centric BPM bundle now includes FileNet Process Monitor, FileNet Business Process Framework, FileNet Connector for Microsoft Visio and FileNet eForms. Addressing monitoring capabilities, IBM Cognos Now! is also part of the deal.

It’s not a surprise that it has been so attentive to its BPM portfolio. In the first-quarter of 2010 alone, IBM reported double-digit revenue growth in BPM and integration software.

Blueworks Live will keep all the features from BPM Blueprint -- process discovery, mapping, documentation, analysis and built-in collaboration -- as well as add social community features from IBM BPM BlueWorks Beta. If you want to try it out, you can get a 30-day free trial here.