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Cordys wins lucrative broadcast BPM deal

Red Bee Media, a UK broadcast services provider, has selected a business process management (BPM) platform from Cordys in support of its media management services for major broadcasters.

With over 1,400 staff, Red Bee Media is the largest broadcast channel management business in the UK. Clients include the BBC, UKTV, Channel 4 and Virgin Media TV.

With the Cordys Business Operations Platform, Red Bee Media says it will be able to automate business processes faster and more effectively using a service oriented architecture (SOA). The value of the contract was not disclosed.

Red Bee Media will use the Cordys platform to help manage its media logistics operations, from ingesting material and schedules, to managing the production of promotions and subtitles, through to delivery.

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“As the broadcast, communications and information technology markets converge, we are moving to a service oriented architecture that is increasingly based on integrating systems to provide a flexible platform on which to deliver new services,” said Dr Sue Farrell, head of architecture at Red Bee Media.

“Cordys demonstrated a clear understanding of the dynamics of our operation based on their experience of managing complex business processes in other industries,” said Farrell.

The Cordys Business Operations Platform is claimed to enable organisations to dramatically improve their business agility, enabling rapid changes and allowing them to alter the way they innovate their business operations to embrace a customer-centric philosophy.

“Red Bee Media was looking for a strategic partner to help them automate their workflows across a range of processes and systems,” said Jon Pyke, chief strategy officer of Cordys. “They went outside the traditional broadcast sector to find a solution to meet their particular requirements.”

Cordys, founded by Jan Baan of Baan Software fame, says its Business Operations Platform (BOP) is a suite bringing together BPM, business activity monitoring (BAM) and a set of tools and technologies including a Composite Application Framework (CAF), master data management (MDM) and a SOA Grid.

Headquartered in the Netherlands, Cordys has offices in the USA, the UK, Germany, China, India and Israel. In the BPM space it competes with the likes of Oracle, Metastorm, Pegasystems, Lombardi, Savvion, HandySoft, Tibco Software and IBM.
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