In a little-seen press release earlier this week, a major software vendor announced the move away from BPMN and Agile development techniques and toward a more traditional waterfall methodology supported by an unnamed new mapping standard.
After a little investigation, it appears to coincide with today’s story on the Cordy’s website that that Netherlands’ OMG Software is the source of the mapping standard.
More interesting than the new mapping standard is the justification for waterfall development, widely considered to be software development methodology best suited to client server apps. Industry insiders assume that this is due to the challenges facing enterprises today as a proliferation of apps and fast-changing business models converge. As an industry insider says, ”No sooner is one model ready for the runway and we’re changing again!”
Challenges of Agile
While it has been heralded as the method of the 21st Century, Agile has come under enormous pressure as businesses:
- Rely on bringing together many sources of data
- Feel pressure to adapt changing logic to increasing amounts of data
- Require an ability to layer social tools into applications
- Attempt to connect their value chain to transactional software
- Work to comply with increasing regulation
- Bring automation to the workplace
Each of these areas continues to be a sore spot for modern enterprises. While some have attacked these problems by using readily available solutions, others have been waiting for the next generation of as-yet-unidentified tools.
Reached for comment, Otto von Rotfl, CEO of Germany’s Deutsche Übersetzer Maschine Bank, complained that software vendors haven’t perfected the tools to relieve the pressures on businesses trying to implement through Agile development.
Asked where he has investigated to date, von Rotfl terminated the interview and returned to his enormous plate of sauerkraut.