One long-standing truism about the software industry is that vendors can develop new, advanced feature sets much faster than customers can consume them. This phenomenon seems to raise an obvious question: If customers can’t make full use of the feature sets they’ve already got, why are vendors developing more advanced ones?
Bragging rights or yearly projections?
One answer might be bragging rights—“we are the true power player in the space, having the most advanced technology, so customers should choose us.” And that logic may work on the statistical few who can actually benefit from all those Über sophisticated new features.
The better answer, though—and, more often than not, the real one—is that software vendors have yearly growth projections to hit, and their goal when developing ever more sophisticated technologies is to drive existing customers into higher margin products. This phenomenon creates a gap between the bulk of the market—which has no need for over-the-top sophistication—and incumbent market leaders.
Disruption is afoot
Another truism is this: The gap between the real-world needs of customers and the highly sophisticated, extremely expensive products offered by market leaders opens the door for other vendors to change the rules, offer a different value proposition at a radically lower price, and, in the process, siphon off business from the incumbents, a group which most likely will be ill equipped to compete in this new, price-driven world.
Market leaders are out of reach
This gap may already exist in the Business Process Management (BPM) space. And while it may be a bit early to count out the likes of Pegasystems, Appian, and IBM’s Lombardi—Gartner MQ Leader’s, all—the reality is these systems are beyond the means of most organizations in terms of up-font cost, length of ramp-up cycles, and ongoing maintenance expense. The multi-billion-dollar BPM industry seems to have an exposed flank, so to speak, and, as is always the case, nimble vendors operating in entirely different value networks than the incumbent giants will be looking to disrupt the status quo.
AgilePoint—a disruptor on the horizon
One such company is AgilePoint, which launched AgilePoint NX, a cloud-based platform for developing responsive applications, in February 2015. Not only does AgilePoint NX, offer virtually all of the essential sophistication of the market leaders, it does so at a tiny fraction of the upfront price. Furthermore, AgilePoint NX can be deployed in weeks, rather than months or years and upkeep costs are minimal, relatively speaking.
The most compelling part, though, is that AgilePoint NX changes the rules of the BPM game, enabling customers to design business applications that are highly configurable, can adapt on the fly to changing business conditions, and can be embedded in virtually any web application, whether on premises or in the cloud, including SharePoint, Office 365, SalesForce, SAP, Oracle, and any number of other line-of-business systems and custom web applications. In other words, AgilePoint NX offers a heretofore unavailable level of application portability.
AgilePoint NX: the iBPMs for everyone
AgilePoint NX is a bulldozer for the price of a lawn tractor, affording any organization the luxury of elite BPM functionality. AgilePoint NX’s new browser-based design tool is slick. Its forms designer is powerful and easy to use. Customers can be up and running in hours and have the option of hosting applications on-premises, in a private cloud, or in AgilePoint’s NXone cloud.
To really get what I’m talking about, you need to see AgilePoint NX in action.