Aquima started as a business unit about 15 years ago by Everest (a consulting firm) and began developing a software solution. It now provides a complete business process management software solution with support for processes, intelligent forms, case management etc built around a powerful business rules engine. They have a strong presence in the Netherlands, especially in financial services and government, and are part of the holding company TSS (1,700 FTE and $260M or so in turnover). Customers include ABN AMRO, many Dutch government agencies, Deutsche Bank and ING.
The software has a history beginning with automating knowledge intensive tasks, then developing a toolkit for Everest consultants to use in automating these tasks and increasingly other tasks also. The last few years have focused on productizing Aquima as a standalone product. Focus areas include developing “evolving” software, using a model for execution, working closely with the business, and supporting a complex technical and business environment.
From the beginning Aquima focused on “business engineering” – getting business users to do the engineering involved in building solutions – and on delivering the agility and time to market they need. Aquima also works strongly with other technologies (Backbase and Cordys for instance) as well as those developing vertical solutions and consulting partners.
Aquima is focused on four key drivers of change – the things that make companies change their solutions:
It is not enough, however, to be able to change the system one must also know WHAT to change. Aquima try and deliver very integrated technology, bringing business rules management, forms/dialogues management, business process management, dynamic case management, business activity monitoring together into an environment that is:
Their platform is then aimed at a business worker, supporting dialogues/rules/documents and case management through model-driven specification. The whole is transparent, explaining what it does and how it works, delivered on an open architecture for various platforms. It is browser-based and interpreted so that the models are what execute, and it is event-based:
A layered approach overall allows generic models to be created and then specialized by country or product line for instance. Only the specific changes are managed in these layers, allowing the rest to pass through unchanged. This allows solution providers to create easy-to-customize solutions.
You can get more information on Aquima on www.aquima.com and they will be one of the vendors in the next version of our Decision Management Systems Platform Technology Report.