While my two separate blog post series about workflow automation and Business Process Management (BPM) and about the long tails of supply chains were coming to their respective ends, one event that is curiously pertinent to both topics has meanwhile taken place in the market.
Namely, at the end of July 2008, IBM acquired ILOG, a specialized software provider with headquarters in France and the
strategic network design product. i2 Technologies ( ironically, also soon to be part of JDA Software ) did as well dating back to the Intertrans Logistics Solutions Limited (ITLS) acquisition 10 years ago. However, for some of the most complex SCM products (i.e., inventory optimization and manufacturing scheduling/sequencing), both Manugistics and i2 have developed proprietary algorithms (oftentimes heuristic-based ones). BPM Is in Play Here, Duh! Software tools, rather than enterprise applications,