Cordys, the enterprise software company has morphed its total software package, Business Operations Platform into a cloud product, under the name Enterprise Cloud Orchestration Services (ECOS).
The company has also released its mash-up tool, Process Factory, as a free download.
Although often described as a Business Process Management (BPM) company, Jon Pyke, Cordys's chief strategy officer said that it was offering more than that. "BOP is BPM, but it's also SOA, Business Activity Monitoring (BAM), Composite Application Framework (CAF), Master Data Management (MDM) and others.
Pyke said that the move towards hosted software was a logical step for the company. "Over the past few months," he said, "Cordys has been slowly moving towards a cloud provisioning model, which is becoming an attractive option for companies. It's flexible, it's easy to use and because it's op ex, not cap ex, it's charged for the same price as a few hundred mobile phones"
He claimed that the products that Cordys competed with, such as Tibco and BEA (prior to its takeover by Oracle), could not compete with Cordys on flexibility. "These are old products, and they're not easy to move to a cloud computing model."
Pyke claimed that the product was easy-to-use - "they all say that though," he admitted ruefully and was a co-ordinated response a variety of business needs, presenting a spectrum of information through a single browser. "I call it no-shit technology," he said.
All the elements within the software are bundled together as a whole and can't be bought separately. Pyke acknowledged that the this could be expensive who have need for just one or two elements (he himself cited one OEM that just needed the one element of the product) but said that the product was "competitively priced" so that this shouldn't be an issue.
Pyke said that it wasn't easy to give an example of pricing for ECOS because there were different charging methods but said that costs were comparable with the packaged product which had an entry level price of £150,000
The company has also announced that its Process Factory mashup tool would now be available in a free, open-community version. Pyke, who described the product as a "sort of Visual Basic for Web 2.0" said the community would enable users who had created mash-ups (or in Cordys-speak, MashApps) to interchange ideas more quickly.