TIBCO Software unveils new business process management road map

Provides customers with industry's most complete solution for automating, integrating and dynamically managing business orocesses

PALO ALTO, Calif., July 13, 2004 -- TIBCO Software Inc. (Nasdaq: TIBX), a leading enabler of real-time business and the world's largest independent business integration software company, today announced the completion of its acquisition of Staffware, now called the TIBCO BPM Group, and unveiled a new business process management (BPM) road map to address the needs of both IT and business users. Now, TIBCO makes it easier for companies to unlock the value from existing systems through real-time information exchange and automation and management of enterprise business processes no matter where those processes reside.

"The unification of TIBCO and Staffware makes it easier to integrate with the underlying systems and data that drive BPM solutions and provides access to domain-specific process expertise in modeling and managing business processes," says Peter Hermans, program manager, Enterprise Architecture, at KPN. "Staffware's telecommunications industry knowledge combined with TIBCO's integration toolset has helped reduce implementation time and effort and makes it much easier to deal with process or system changes and managing processes moving forward."

TIBCO will continue to support all existing customers while providing the widest breadth of enterprise class BPM solutions. The TIBCO BPM product offering broadens solutions for automating and optimizing business processes and includes:

-- Principal offering ideal for standalone BPM: TIBCO(R) Staffware Process Suite -- the 'Independent Process Layer' -- a platform independent solution delivering enterprise wide BPM functionality including the capability to develop service oriented architecture (SOA) solutions encompassing process design, a powerful process engine and related components.

-- Optimizing TIBCO Staffware Process Suite to seamlessly interoperate with TIBCO's real-time business integration platform via new standards- based connectivity; available Q4 2004.

-- Adding new capabilities to the TIBCO Staffware Process Suite: TIBCO Staffware Process Suite 3.0 will provide enhanced Microsoft .NET support, additional database and systems management integration, a new look process definer and for the first time, a Linux version. TIBCO Staffware Process Suite will be augmented with business activity monitoring (BAM) and enterprise portal capabilities, and will offer enhanced design and administration functionality; available Q1 2005.

-- New TIBCO(R) BusinessWorks capabilities for integration-driven projects: TIBCO(R) BusinessWorks Manual Activities Plug-in -- supporting exception processing and long lived application-specific integration processes; TIBCO(R) FormBuilder -- supporting the design/deployment/management of real-time contextual forms and business interfaces; available Q4 2004.

"In business process management, systems-to-systems integrations and human-to-human interactions within the context of a process are equally critical, therefore a TIBCO-Staffware integration is complementary and a very natural fit," says Hollis Bischoff, vice president of Technology Research Services with META Group. "Business process management is still a greenfield market. Vendors that capitalize on this by providing first class management of process components (systems, humans, tasks) will lead the market."

"The acquisition of Staffware by TIBCO is a very positive development. Historically, both companies have been strategic suppliers to KPN and we believe the combination of the two companies' technologies will provide our organization with a more flexible IT environment and deliver substantial benefits," says KPN program manager, Cees Euser.

BPM enables companies to save time and money by driving costs and time out of business processes (for example, reducing error rates or manual steps), while at the same time ensuring that business processes are compliant with internal procedures and external regulations. End-to-end command and control over enterprise business processes and the ability to dynamically modify these processes enables organizations to quickly adapt to changing business conditions. TIBCO's BPM products enable Predictive Business(TM), a key element of which is the ability to adapt business operations to fully leverage emerging opportunities.

"Each company's unique way of doing business is captured in its business processes. For this reason, business processes are rapidly becoming the most valuable corporate asset," says Ram Menon, senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing at TIBCO Software Inc. "TIBCO's solution for automating, integrating and dynamically managing business processes provides companies with the ability to quickly adapt to changing business conditions and optimize their operation for significant gain."

TIBCO BPM Group was created following the acquisition of Staffware in June 2004. For more information, visit

About TIBCO Software

TIBCO Software Inc. is the leading independent business integration software company in the world, demonstrated by market share and analyst reports. In addition, TIBCO is a leading enabler of Real-Time Business, helping companies become more cost-effective, more agile and more efficient. TIBCO has delivered the value of Real-Time Business, what TIBCO calls The Power of Now(R), to over 2,000 customers around the world and in a wide variety of industries. For more information on TIBCO's proven enterprise backbone, business integration, business process management, and business optimization solutions, TIBCO can be reached at +1-650-846-1000 or on the Web at TIBCO is headquartered in Palo Alto, CA.

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