IBM Blueworks Live Overview

IBM Blueworks Live is the #13 ranked solution in our list of Business Process Design tools. It is most often compared to Visio: IBM Blueworks Live vs Visio

What is IBM Blueworks Live?
IBM Blueworks Live is a cloud-based business process modeling tool that helps discover, map and document processes and accessible anywhere through a browser and that generates industry-standard BPMN 2.0 layouts, documentation and output. Tutorial videos guide you through creating and editing a simple process model, allowing you to learn and perform business process modeling in minutes.

IBM Blueworks Live is also known as IBM Lombardi Blueprint.

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AM
Global Business Process Management Leader at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees
Real User
A Simple and cost-effective tool with responsive technical support

What is our primary use case?

We have procured several licenses to perform any process transformation engagements that aid in the normal business processes. The most typical use cases are the automation of the uplink and process documentation is one of the activities. The focus is more on process architecture and internal architecture. Those are the areas and engagements that are preferred. We provide our licenses to our clients to document their processes and create certain analyses. It is done in their environment and then we transfer the workspace into their environment.

Pros and Cons

  • "For me, what I find to be the most valuable is its simplicity and the association with Microsoft Office."
  • "It is BPMN-compliant but the tool needs to be more involved to get into a completely 2.0 oriented tool. It has a few things but it's not the complete BPMN model."

What other advice do I have?

It's on the cloud so it automatically gets upgraded to the latest version. My advice to others always ask questions, which is what I always tell my clients. You should be very observant, especially of why you are looking for processing. If your requirements are completely different from what the tool has to offer, then it will not be a good match and you will be setting up a recipe for a disaster. Look into IBM Blueworks. It is an active light tool and is it a proper architecture tool, which can do a lot of analysis. If you are looking for such a tool then this product is for you. It is…
Jared Michalec
VP Client Services at Salient process
Reseller
It has the ability to document in different formats and is not tied to a specific model

What is our primary use case?

We are resellers. Our use case varies from client to client, but the most common are for initial demonstration, cut mapping, and workshops with the clients. We are always looking for opportunities to expand. We work with clients, but we also look at our processes internally and where we could streamline some of those. We are using the following tools from the IBM DBA portfolio: Blueworks Live, BPM, ODM, and RPA. We have implemented the IBM Automation Platform for Digital Business with our customers, but not internally.

Pros and Cons

  • "It has the ability to document in different formats. It is not tied to a specific model. You can look at it from different angles and see the intuitive nature of it. It always generates a valid diagram. You cannot create something that is not BPMN compliant."
  • "We would like the ability to add additional custom colors. We would like to color additional items to add notes to the blueprint."

What other advice do I have?

Try it out. It is clear once you start using the solution that it is a different type of application. There is no direct competition to the tool. I don't think that there is another product out there quite like it. There are some competitors certainly, but they are either more complex, costly, or too simplistic and not geared towards process documentation. The integration process is pretty open-ended. You need to be fairly technical to make it work, but we have seen success in integrating it with QuickBooks and Salesforce. Now, we are looking at other systems to integrate it with, as well. I…
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StantonAttree
Principal Business Process Architect at Met Office
Real User
Top 5
Easy to use and improves process maturity, but the costs are too high for a small organisation

What is our primary use case?

The primary use case is process discovery and modeling prior to process deployment using the IBM Business Process Manager (BPMS) solution. It includes the capture and management of process governance roles against processes such as process owners. This was in a publicly funded emergency services organisation.

Pros and Cons

  • "It has a built-in capability to capture process owners and managers against processes along with other process governance roles."
  • "The user interface is quite easy at first but process analysts soon run into roadblocks of limited functionality, which is disappointing."

What other advice do I have?

Unless you really want a simple solution for process discovery only and value simplicity over the ability to exploit more functionality, I see Signavio as a much better option. Of course, IBM may develop Blueworks.
KS
Change Management Specialist, Finance & Control at a manufacturing company with 10,001+ employees
Real User
Very good blueprinting functionality and an easy initial setup, but the fonts are very small

What is our primary use case?

We primarily use the solution for business process modeling.

Pros and Cons

  • "The business process discovery is excellent. The diagram or blueprinting functionality of the solution are very good. It's quite easy. You can link the sub-processes and get a big overview of the whole process then."
  • "The font size is really, really small and it's really not useful to print out process models because you cannot read what's written in different boxes. This makes it necessary for people to have access to the tool. We view licenses to see how the printing or output is. It's not very good."

What other advice do I have?

We use the cloud deployment model with IBM as the provider. If you are planning to use the tool wisely, it's a good idea to name conventions, terminology, and structures around doing so right at the beginning. Considering how you will use the tool will help ensure it won't get too messy. During the discovery phase, it's a good idea to create discovery tables. It will help keep you organized. I'd rate the solution seven out of ten.
BM
Director of Professional Services at a aerospace/defense firm with 51-200 employees
Real User
Great standardization across our organization to do all our process mapping on one platform

What is our primary use case?

Our primary use case of this solution is for business process mapping for clients that come on board with us. We use it for engineering work, mapping their processes, evaluating their concerns with a process mapping exercise, and then providing recommendations for the engineering. I'm the director of professional services and we are customers of IBM Blueworks.

Pros and Cons

  • "This solution is good at utilizing standards rules for connectivity."
  • "Spaces are not well organized; space controls are lacking."

What other advice do I have?

Mostly because of the usability, user management and space controls, I rate this solution a nine out of 10.
MV
Process Architecture and Business Improvement at a comms service provider with 10,001+ employees
MSP
Good mega process maps and a straightforward setup but doesn't have that much modeling capability

What is our primary use case?

We primarily use the solution for process discovery, from end to end.

Pros and Cons

  • "The solution is stable. All the refreshes run very well."
  • "The solution is a very basic discovery product so it doesn't have that much modeling capability. This can be improved."

What other advice do I have?

We use the on-premises deployment model. I'd advise users that they need to look at how relevant the discovery process is, and how quickly you can maintain it or its life cycle as things change. They should also note how it interfaces with other platforms that are integrated into their automation robotics. It's important users know what they are doing and what problems the solution will solve for them. I'd rate the solution seven out of ten. It's a competitive field, so there's always somebody who's better in some aspects.