Butler Group: Papyrus Platform Technology Audit

I am pleased to inform you that Butler Group has announced the findings of its well-known Technology Audit for the Papyrus Platform. The process was quite lengthy and I was surprised at the depth of questions and research.  I was even more astounded when I saw the first version of the audit, because it was extremely detailed and technical. Butler Group Analyst Mike Thompson had worked into the core functions of our very broad system. I actually had to ask to use some less technical language (i.e. business objects instead of object-oriented metadata model). This research is clearly directed towards CIOs, IT experts, project managers and not the business user.

The report is either available through Butler Group or can be requested from ISIS. Here are some relevant passages from the research:

Product Analysis:
The ISIS Papyrus Communication & Process Platform (Papyrus Platform v7) is a consolidated solution that brings together Enterprise Content Management (ECM), Business Process Management (BPM), Business Rules Management (BRM), and operational Business Intelligence (BI) using data federation to create composite knowledge applications with front- and back-office collaboration.

Product Operation:
The Papyrus Platform manages a Business Architecture meta model in its central WebRepository and uses an application life-cycle change-management infrastructure to deploy the model metadata into its productive servers, portals and end-user PCs via the completely transparent Enterprise Service Bus that connects all platform nodes.

The Papyrus Platform has been designed to ease the integration with existing IT infrastructures and applications; it enables the creation of reusable objects that map processes to existing applications, and it facilitates rapid process development and immediate distributed deployment. These document and process templates are stored and deployed throughout the enterprise from the Papyrus WebRepository to mainframe, UNIX, PC, and Web environments without conversion, reprogramming, or even recompilation.

These cost-intensive integration aspects of creating process-centric service applications is all too often overlooked; as though simply abstracting the processes will somehow remove the pain of integration and mapping the process activities to underlying source systems. By using a business-architectured model, ISIS Papyrus has not only addressed many of the unanswered questions posed by BPM, but also implemented a workable solution.

Product Emphasis:
The ISIS Papyrus Platform has been designed to hide the deeply technical nature of the solution (and the problems it solves) behind a set of technologies that create an environment that is both user friendly and user valid. The solution crosses a number of boundaries and that is one of the issues that ISIS Papyrus has to overcome in moving the solution to market; it does not fit neatly into a recognised space, but that does make it any less useful nor any less relevant to the market, it is simply a question of helping the market understand the true depth of the problem.

Mike Thompson also fully understood the problem that we face with bringing a radically new solution to the market. I certainly hope that over time we will be able to make the market see that powerful business solutions do not have to be complex and difficult to implement. Nor do they need to come from the big vendors …

Sir Walter von Ockam had defined his famous ‘Occam’s Razor’: “All things being equal, the most simple solution to a problem is most probably the right one.” The Papyrus Platform is a lot simpler than most other options to implement consolidated ECM, BPM and CRM environments.

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