Irvine, CA-based document capture software leader Kofax has signed a “technology and marketing alliance” with Pegasystems, a leading BPM software provider. I view BPM as the next generation of automated workflow, a pillar on which the document imaging industry was founded. BPM brings non-document related processes into the automation picture, taking what we’ve known as workflow to the next level. Kofax’s capture technology can be used to pull paper documents, as well as e-mails and other electronic documents, into BPM applications.
As I’ve said before, I think IDR (intelligent document recognition)-driven capture and BPM are the two hottest potential growth areas related to our space – as SharePoint squeezes the repository and search and retrieval players – so I applaud this alliance between two leaders in their respective spaces.