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What is the difference between "Business Execution Software" and Business Performance Management Software"?

We are in the market for a BPM solution but SuccessFactors seems to be trying to change the terms in the space. Is there a real difference (other than marketing speak)? If I'm looking at one category, should I de facto be looking at the other category?


Stephen Wolford
Title: Technology Solutions Partner
Company: Frank, Rimerman + Co. LLP
(Technology Solutions Partner, Frank, Rimerman + Co. LLP) |

They are essentially the same. What SuccessFactors has realized, through some fairly compelling research, is that there is significant unrealized value by organizations using BPM solutions.

Historical BPM solution usage has focused on employee performance management. This is a critical component in a BPM initiative. However, the full value of BPM solutions cannot be realized if organizations are not enabled to align organizational objectives with business unit and individual employee goals.

My sense is that SuccessFactors sees a need to re-brand their BPM application suite to emphasize the importance of this goal alignment concept. If you would like to discuss this further or need any additional information please contact me at (408) 535-8071 or swolfordatfrankrimerman [dot] com.

Best regards,
Steve Wolford

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