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HP aims BI at process insight

The Palo Alto, California-based computer and systems software maker is working with Business Objects SA, Cognos Inc, Hyperion Solutions Corp and SAS Institute Inc jointly deliver solutions that melds BI analysis with process management to optimize IT and business operations.

The partnerships revolve around HP’s Business Process Insight (BPI) software, which is part of the firm’s OpenView product line. BPI was introduced last year and is based on HP’s Change Engine process management technology. The software effectively tackles a specialized data integration problem – capturing information related to a given process and correlating it to an abstracted view that surfaces the key data relationships in that process.

BPI uses third-party data connectors and adapters (from the likes of iWay Software) to pull out process information from enterprise applications, modeled in a business process management engine, or sourced directly from the white space that exists between applications.

HP and its BI partners plan to roll out several new solutions over the next 3 months, that integrate OpenView BPI with BusinessObjects XI, Cognos 8 Scorecarding, Hyperion Business Performance Management and SAS 9B BI Platform.

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You can think of these solutions as early warning systems for business processes, said Yale Tankus, vice president of partnerships and alliances for HP’s Management Software business.

We’re adding a new dimension to BI, taking the output of automated and non-automated process insights and correlating it back to operational performance or planning metrics.

Enterprise see what visibility into the processes based on the metrics that run it and IT organizations get a specific view into the health of the process as it runs across applications.

Mr Tankus said the solutions will be sold as separate licensed products, either as an upgrade or a new product listing. We’ll have true revenue generating products to offer via our BI partners by the end of December.

At a later stage HP will also be able to purchase these solutions for HP’s global systems integrator partners.

This is a very different thing from business process management tools. We believe that the confluence of BI and process management BPI is one instantiation of our vision for enabling the adaptive enterprise, Mr Tankus said.
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