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Ultimus: Industrialising process digitisation

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From its initial focus on workflow, Ultimus broadened out to offer a broad process automation suite, the Ultimus Adaptive BPM Suite – and in 2016, Ultimus introduced its Composed Process Solutions (CPS) offering. The CPS platform is an application generator framework that sits atop Ultimus’ Adaptive BPM Suite and Advanced Task Service and enables trained “composers” to very rapidly build collections of workflow applications using a ‘mass customisation’ approach.  Ultimus technologies have been unified under single umbrella, the Ultimus Digital Process Automation Suite, targeting organisations with large-scale process digitisation needs.

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Ultimus: ‘factory’ provider… and operator

Ultimus, Inc. was formed in 1994. Today, the company has more than 2,000 customers, and around 300 employees based in 6 continents.
From its initial focus on workflow, Ultimus broadened out to offer a broad process automation suite, the Ultimus Adaptive BPM Suite. In 2016, Ultimus introduced its Composed Process Solutions (CPS) offering: this sits atop Ultimus’ Adaptive BPM Suite and Advanced Task Service and enables trained ‘composers’ to very rapidly build collections of process applications using a ‘mass customisation’ approach.

The Ultimus tools portfolio is now marketed under a single umbrella: the Ultimus Digital Process Automation Suite. It’s sold as a platform direct to IT personnel, but also delivered by Ultimus and its partners as targeted application propositions to business team leaders and to CIOs charged with digital transformation. And unusually, Ultimus sells by working one-to-one with prospects to create working prototypes (‘custom demos’) based on their requirements – at no charge, within a one-week window.

Investigate Ultimus if you have large-scale process digitisation needs

Ultimus doesn’t have the big marketing budgets associated with some of its larger competitors, but it does have over 20 years’ market experience. In that period, it has focused particularly on building a global footprint, and its multi-lingual tools make it an attractive proposition for multinational organisations and organisations outside North America and Western Europe that don’t want to compromise on localisation. Its foundation Adaptive BPM Suite has some standout strengths, and truly lives up to the ‘Adaptive’ label.
Now, with its Composed Process Solutions (CPS) platform, Ultimus has an offering that should appeal to any organisation that wants to rapidly digitise families of business processes to power digital operations. With an CPS updated offering now available direct to enterprises, Ultimus now gives you the ability to set up your own ‘process factory’ that you can use to create families of digital process applications very quickly.

Ultimus: from process automation tools provider to “factory provider”

Ultimus, Inc. was formed in 1994 as a vendor of workflow technology for the Microsoft platform (it’s a Microsoft Gold certified partner). Today, the company has more than 2,000 customers, and around 300 employees based in 6 continents. It has four major sales offices: in Europe its principal presence is near Munich, Germany.

In 2011, the company’s management bought out its venture backer and since then the company has been employee-owned. Ultimus is cash-positive and debt-free, but does not disclose revenue figures.

From its initial focus on workflow, Ultimus broadened out to offer a broad process automation suite, the Ultimus Adaptive BPM Suite. In 2016, Ultimus introduced its Composed Process Solutions (CPS) offering. The CPS platform is an application generator framework that sits atop other Ultimus products and enables trained “composers” to very rapidly build collections of workflow applications using a ‘mass customisation’ approach.

Ultimus has an unusually broad and evenly-spread customer footprint: only 15% of its revenues come from each of North America and Europe, whereas 20% comes from South & Central America, and Middle East/Africa and China each contribute around 25%. The company’s strategy has always been to grow its business in relatively undeveloped territories where other process automation vendors have less presence and customers have fewer legacy technologies. One of its principal weapons here is the uncommon degree of localisation in its products: its tools are currently available in 19 languages (including Chinese and right-to-left languages like Arabic).

Inside Ultimus’ offering


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