Mountain View, CA (June 6, 2007) – Ascentn Corporation, a leading provider of Microsoft .NET, next generation, business process management suites (BPMS) for Global 2000 companies, was included in the “Cool Vendors in Business Process Management, 2007, Janelle B. Hill, Marc Kerremans, March 8, 2007” report by Gartner, Inc. This was in recognition of Ascentn’s unique value proposition that in Gartner’s report was characterized as:
“Ascentn brings dynamic, adaptable processes to the Microsoft application base and any SOA assets through integration with Visual Studio for encapsulating services and managing processes. Its use of Visio for modeling is unique in that models are executed directly with no recompilation. These two aspects provide developer flexibility and business user empowerment in the use of dynamic adaptable processes.”
By positioning process as the common language or abstraction visible to both business and IT and executing the process model directly for dynamic, adaptable process applications, Ascentn significantly advances the Microsoft business process platform. Ascentn combines the Microsoft strengths in developer tools, Office productivity and enterprise application integration into an application composition platform and SOA business services repository based on the tool most accessible by business analysts, Microsoft Visio.
“Ascentn addresses the dynamic, adaptable; processes that are 80% of the opportunity within a business to drive agility, competitiveness and results with a BPMS. These processes are the valuable exceptions to the current method of doing business that drive responses to changes in the marketplace. The other 20% are well understood financial and operational transactions that are attractive opportunities for efficiency gains through structured automation as Gartner points out. Ascentn also believes these automations should be also easily encapsulated by developers in a SOA business service repository and made available to process owners within IT governance,” said Keith Sharp, Director of Solutions Marketing for Ascentn.
There is a need for a different approach for wide spread adoption of SOA and BPM technologies. Last generation tools still rely on fixed models, represented in XML, which must be compiled into rigid, executable code. Some vendors extend this approach with business rules to enable some change of some run time behavior. But many high value processes can’t be predicted ahead of time in a specification and use case or are processes that must change dynamically in response to business context and transactions. In these cases, as Gartner points out, compilation before execution inhibits dynamic change and is not easily defined by structured automation.
“Ascentn AgilePoint is a modern Business Process Management system that allows business users to innovate around process and IT to excel at provisioning services. Built entirely on the .Net and XML, AgilePoint leverages the best of your Microsoft infrastructure by integrating with Visual Studio, SharePoint, BizTalk, Exchange, OpenXML, Windows Workflow Foundation and web services. Since the diagram is the application, unlike other BPMs that generate rigid programming code, it can be immediately deployed, shared and combined with other best processes and practices throughout the enterprise. AgilePoint’s metadata driven, dynamic framework architecture, combines the scalability of expensive J2EE solutions with the usability and price/performance of Microsoft .Net platforms. You can unlock the potential of your people and information assets by enabling business user innovation inside an IT controlled ecosystem with AgilePoint,” said Jesse Shiah, president and CEO of Ascentn.
About Gartner’s Cool Vendors Selection Process
Gartner’s listing does not constitute an exhaustive list of vendors in any given technology area, but rather is designed to highlight interesting, new and innovative vendors, products and services. Gartner disclaims all warranties, expressed or implied, with respect to this research, including any warranties of merchantability or fitness of a particular purpose.
Gartner defines a cool vendor as a company that offers technologies or solutions that are: Innovative, enable users to do things they couldn’t do before; Impactful, have, or will have, business impact (not just technology for the sake of technology); Intriguing, have caught Gartner’s interest or curiosity in approximately the past six months.
Founded in 2002, Microsoft Gold Certified Partner Ascentn brings more than a decade of experience in creating large scale J2EE-based enterprise-class workflow management solution to the Microsoft space. Ascentn pioneered the AgilePoint suite, an enterprise-class BPMS solution based on Microsoft’s .NET framework. AgilePoint empowers business managers to realize new levels of process values by assembling reusable IT assets and common services into executable process models that serve as either a workflow or a composite application. This advancement enables business managers to innovate more freely and to deploy, manage, and continuously improve business operations on demand. From financial services, manufacturing, communications through healthcare, companies are turning to AgilePoint to drive process excellence, reduce costs and improve business agility. Ascentn’s solutions drive the BPM initiatives of many leading global organizations including Siemens, Pfizer, Chinatrust, Cellcom, Elbit Systems, DaisyBrand and most recently, for the world’s largest computer maker. Ascentn has offices in North America, Asia Pacific (Taiwan, China, Japan) and EMEA (Belgium and Spain). For more information about Ascentn, please visit our Web site at www.ascentn.com, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call us at +1-650-968-6789.
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