Metastorm BPM 7.x projects are still coming our way these days although Metastorm BPM 9 has been launched a while back in 2009. Metastorm BPM 9.x has changed a lot since then and migrating a Metastorm BPM process from version 7.x to version 9.x can be a long project, there maintaining large scale processes seem to be much easier for many companies than moving to the next version.
So, why should you start thinking of migrating your existing processes instead of maintaining the very well running e-work or Metastorm BPM 7.x processes?
In our oppinion the following are 5 strong reasons why you should start as soon as possible.
Software Vendor Maintenance
As an Opentext customer using Metastorm BPM (or Opentext MBPM) you are paying annually for your maintenance. This includes software support, new software versions and the use of the Metastorm Community. But there is one problem. Every version has a specific end of life date. Once the software support has offically discontinued you might be in a risky situation when your IT infrastructure changes and e.g. new database systems are not supported with the version you are running. This is just one example of many problems which can occur. It can be absolutely fine for you and nothing goes wrong. But do you like to put your business at risk based on hope? if you want to pay for extra support.
Metastorm BPM Training
Opentext, as most software vendors, os offering training courses for their products. But in most cases only on the latest versions and technologies are on the course program. If you are still running Metastorm BPM in an older version and need resources to deliver the project, you can not get them trained on the old version anymore. You would rely on existing staff to pass on the knowledge or need to bring in external consultants who might have this knowledge.
Metastorm BPM Consultants
The longer the new version is available it is more likely that you struggle to find BPM consultants who can deliver services for all your Metastorm BPM or e-work versions. The earlier your start migrating your processes to the new version the better are your chances to get help when you need it most.
New version, new features
With the new version of Metastorm BPM 9.x you can use some great new features to design your processes and to improve the user experience. Reporting is an important element of BPM projects and now you can use the built in Report Designer instead of building reports with e.g. SQL Server Reporting Services. The social component in Metastorm BPM makes it possible to chat with other process user when they are online. And of course, many many more.
Enable your processes for the mobile world
Since the Metastorm BPM 9.1 release you can use the new Metastorm BPM Mobile Client. With the mobile client you can easily allow your mobile workforce to interact with the available processes using e.g. iPhone, iPad, Blackberry or Android smartphone. As the client is based on HTML5 it will basically work in any HTML5 browser in the same way.