Bosch Software Innovations

Last Updated: 27th March, 2013
Analyst Coverage: Simon Holloway

Introduction


Bosch Software Innovations GmbH is the software and systems house of the Bosch Group. Innovations was founded by six partners in August of 1997, with the introduction of Visual Rules, a Java-based business rules management system that graphically models business logic. In September 2008, the Bosch Group bought the company having used Visual Rules.

It has focused developing software in mobile applications, energy and facility management, and healthcare.

Bosch Software targets its products to support the world of the "internet of things". Given the main company's background of producing engineering tools of a great variety, one can see how having a software group that provides technology so that shop floor machines can communicate easily and effective with each other is very important. The software group have 3 products in their portfolio:

  • Visual Rules (Business Rules Management) - the original Innovations product;
  • Inubit suite (Business Process Management) - the original inubit product; and
  • M:M support - a new product that the group is building to support an underlying architecture to connect an internet of things in particular verticals such as energy, transport and smart housing.

These products are currently offered in 2 skews:

  • Internet of things, which is packaging of all 3 products;
  • BPM+, which is a combination of BRM and BPM to support mobile process centric application building.

 

Company Info


The Visual Rules Enterprise Platform

Last Updated: 2nd May, 2013

The Visual Rules Enterprise Platform has all the components expected of full BRMS and Decision Management products. These include a visual modelling environment, rule simulation and testing, an execution engine, monitoring and analysis, management and administration, design time and run time repositories and rule templates. It uses a visual modeling approach to the logic of business rules.

Bosch Software Innovations is globally represented with locations in Immenstaad, Waiblingen and Berlin, Germany; Singapore; Shanghai, China; Melbourne, Australia; and Chicago, Palo Alto, and Vienna, USA.

Customers are in a number of verticals including:

  • Financial Services - including Capital One, Commerzbank AG, UBS AG and Volkswagen Bank GmbH
  • Utilities - including E.ON Gastransport. NetConnect Germany and Thyssengas GmbH
  • Manufacturing - including AIRBUS Deutschland, John Deere, Siemens, SUZUKI International Europe GmbH  and Yamaha Motor Corp.
  • Retail and logistics - including DHL Excel Supply Chain, Metro and Siemens Transportation Systems (UK)
  • Public Sector - including Belgian National Pension Office, Minnesota Department of Revenue and United States Navy
  • Telco - including Deutsche Telekom and Vodafone

The Visual Rules Enterprise Platform uses a visual modeling approach to the logic of business rules.

  • Visual Rules Modeler is the graphical rules modeling, simulation, test and analysis of rule execution component.
  • The Visual Rules Team Server provides the centralised rule repository and provides rule lifecycle management.
  • The Visual Rules Execution Server is the runtime SOA execution environment. Business rules can also be deployed directly to any environment with a Java Virtual Machine.

For connectivity to relational databases there is Visual Rules Database Connectivity, which is built into the Modeler and allows for easy access to any JDBC compliant database.

There is also the QA & Deployment Tools, which provide automated quality management and integration into build and deployment processes.

The final component is the Visual Rules Dynamic Application Framework, which allows the creation of dynamic applications (including UI and workflows) from pre-defined rule packages.

Visual Rules has an excellent business-oriented approach to rule expression. Visual rules modeling requires zero set-up effort and instead works directly with existing business object models. Customers report Visual Rules to be extremely agile and easy to learn.

Bosch Software provide consultancy services to support the implementation of their products. Their services include the following:

  • Designing process optimisation and automation strategies
  • Analysing and specifying processes and rules
  • Implementing and operating processes and rules
  • Project planning and management

Bosch Software Innovations has developed a comprehensive range of services. Based on the established IBPM methodology, Bosch Software coaching and training courses build on the BPMN 2.0 industry standard. This comprises both the basics of IBPM and additional customer-specific topics. The IBPM methodology concentrates on specialist users and process managers. Bosch Software have expanded IBPM project methodology to incorporate an additional agile method. This involves combining the basics of IBPM methodology with a Scrum approach.

Bosch Software provides training to cover:

  • Business training for key users and management
  • Technical training for process engineers and system administrators
  • Various forms of certifications
  • Interactive workshops on current topics and challenges

Bosch Software provide support packages range from workdays from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. all the way up to 24/7 care with individual response times



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