IBM goes Egyptian for BPM tools

13 September 2002 Software giant IBM has


Holosofx’s product line-up
Holosofx produces a suite of three main products: BPM Workbench, BPM Server and BPM Monitor. These enable users to build business process models and implement them on IBM’s WebSphere application server and messaging software.

BPM Workbench provides four main tools. Business Modeler enables users to graphically depict their business processes, before export to UML Modeler, a unified mark-up language (UML) modelling tool for fine-tuning.

XForm Designer enables users to quickly draw up application interfaces and forms. Finally, XML Mapper enables users to describe the data flows between applications using the XML standard.

BPM Server is a collaboration tool principally intended to help the management of building and maintaining the corporate business processes put together with Holosofx’s software. It comes in two parts: Web Publisher and Repository.

Finally, Holosofx’s BPM Monitor enables users to examine business process data in real-time.



acquired business process management software vendor Holosofx. The company’s technology will compliment the CrossWorlds integration software, acquired in January 2002, and WebSphereMQ messaging software, previously known as MQSeries.

The financial details of the deal were not disclosed.

Holosofx will immediately be integrated with the IBM Software Group. The company’s software is already closely integrated with IBM’s WebSphere Business Integration platform, which includes the WebSphere application server, CrossWorlds integration software and WebSphereMQ messaging software.

The purchase of Holosofx is the latest in a string of software acquisitions by IBM during 2002. In January, IBM bought enterprise application integration (EAI) software vendor CrossWorlds for $129 million (€131.5m) in cash; in June, IBM bought directory integration specialist Metamerge for an undisclosed sum.

Earlier in September, IBM acquired provisioning management software vendor Access360.

Holosofx was founded in 1989 by Egyptian entrepreneur Hassan S. Khorshid. Although it has headquarters to El Segundo, California, research and development is carried out in Cairo in Egypt. The company sold its first software packages in 1994.

Like many current business process management (BPM) software vendors, Holosofx originally focused on Workflow software, but shifted to exploit the new, related opportunity offered by BPM. However, Holosofx was billing its products as “Complete Business Process Software” as long ago as 1997 – long before the BPM became fashionable.

Holosofx customers include investment bank Morgan Stanley Dean Witter, car maker Toyota and Australian telecoms operator Telstra.

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