Why Read This
Despite Microsoft's best attempts to position the SharePoint platform for content and collaboration, many people still see it as a business process management (BPM) platform. The process management features of SharePoint 2010 are better than MOSS 2007, but they're more limited than most modern BPM suites. Why? SharePoint 2010 processes are constrained by Windows Workflow Foundation (WF). When developers build process-oriented applications that leverage WF, they often find themselves hard-coding static, brittle interfaces that add to the total cost of ownership (TCO). To use SharePoint 2010 as part of an enterprisewide BPM strategy, customers must add a comprehensive, SharePoint-oriented business process management suite (BPMS), which will raise vendor license costs, but lower overall TCO and risk. Vendors to consider include AgilePoint (was Ascentn), Global 360, K2, Metastorm, and Nintex.