Performance Management Poised for Growth
According to a recent study by Merrill Research, performance management usage may grow as much as 77% over the next two years. In a related note, they found that about 39% of respondents had a system in place today, and 31% of them were already looking at replacements. All of this indicates a significant opportunity for the performance management vendors. It is also an opportunity for buyers to make bad decisions based on misleading information. When an area is perceived as hot, everyone jumps on the bandwagon. Just look at all the consultants, analysts and vendors from the business intelligence world who have recently added performance management or one of its’ acronyms (BPM, CPM, or EPM) to their marketing messages. Unfortunately, most of them have a very limited (and I believe inaccurate) view of what performance management truly is. Buyers need to educate themselves before proceeding with this mission-critical purchasing decision. A good starting point is the BPM Industry Framework developed by a group of vendors and analysts in 2005. It is a little out of date in that performance management is somewhat broader today, but it is light years ahead of the inaccurate descriptions provided by the newly-minted ‘experts’.