CM First Combines Business Rules Extraction with the Business Process Management Capabilities of the Axon.ivy BPM Suite, Now a Leader in the Intelligent Business Process

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Axon.ivy BPM Suite entered Gartner's Magic Quadrant for Intelligent Business Process Managment Suites this year and achieved most significant international recognition.

A Great Partnership

“It’s exciting to achieve a high ranking upon AXON IVY’s 1st entry into the Gartner Magic Quadrant,” said Rolf G. Stephan, COO. “With CM First as a partner, customers have an automated way to speed up transition to a business process/rules approach."

CM First Group announced today the addition of a new service, CM evolveIT Business Rules, which offers business rules extraction from mainframe applications developed in COBOL and other languages using the CM evolveIT Analysis Workbench. The extracted business rules can then be used in BPM tools and rules engines. . This service adds to the CM First BPM practice, which extends iBPM to IBM i, CA Plex and CA 2E applications using the Axon.ivy iBPM Suite. CM First is a primary reseller and partner for AXON IVY.

With perfect timing, Gartner has just released the 2016 Magic Quadrant for Intelligent Business Process Management Suites (iBPMS) adding Axon.ivy BPM Suite to the Quadrant for the first time. Gartner assesses the global marketplace for each vendor classification, evaluating the products for their ‘completeness of vision’ and ‘ability to execute.’ Read more here:

“It’s exciting to achieve a high ranking upon AXON IVY’s first entry into the Gartner Magic Quadrant,” said Rolf G. Stephan, COO. “And with CM First as a partner, customers that have legacy mainframe and midrange applications now have an automated way to speed up transition to a business process and business rules-based approach.”

These two announcements validate the success of CM First and AXON IVY employees, partners and customers. The Gartner announcement places AXON IVY among the best 15 of all products in the iBPM arena. Customers rely on Gartner’s evaluation to help them select the best solutions to support the business.

The Axon.ivy BPM Suite helps organizations to quickly transform poorly documented business processes into intelligent, automated solutions – seamlessly integrating people, resources and systems. Axon.ivy’s model-centric BPM approach rapidly shortens payback across six coordinated actions: Business analysts model, publish and analyze while technical experts design, execute and monitor the same complex workflows. Reference customers include numerous transportation, manufacturing, pharmaceutical, financial and utilities industries.

Register now to learn more about the Axon.ivy solution. Axon IVY is sponsoring a webinar on Thursday, September 15, 2016, 9AM PDT featuring Forrester Research entitled,” Accelerate the Shift to Digital Business With Customer-Obsessed Employee Apps.” The speakers will be Clay Richardson, Principal Analyst, Forrester Research and Rolf Stephan, Chief Operating Officer, AXON IVY, explaining how companies need to build more flexible, digital apps to successfully compete in the digital business age. Axon.ivy is a key factor in that process. The concept of ‘low code’ platforms to speed the effort will be highlighted as well as several customer case studies. Register now at:

CM First’s CM evolveIT further accelerates that process, by using advanced compiler-accurate code slicing techniques to extract the business rules that serve as input to the process.

“The attention that this Gartner Magic Quadrant announcement will bring to the Axon.ivy BPM Suite excites CM First,” said Roger Hammer, CM evolveIT product owner. “CM First have known for some time that Axon an excellent BPM choice for organizations that are modernizing legacy code using CM evolveIT.”

AXON IVY is a software company headquartered in Switzerland and part of the Axon Active group, a global provider of process solutions since 1988. The Axon.ivy BPM suite helps midsize and large organizations develop customized, agile web and mobile applications to automate and monitor a variety of business processes across a wide range of departments including customer service, sales, marketing, HR, finance, operations, R&D and manufacturing processes. This comprehensive, process-centric application platform is used by more than 350 customers and 250,000 users around the globe.

About CM First
CM First is a global software and services company established in 1999 with a focus on modernizing applications, managing technical debt and the agile development of enterprise apps. Delivery areas include; migrations of software code, databases and IBM hardware, custom app, architecture and API development, mobility solutions and knowledge transfer. CM First works with hundreds of IBM and CA Technologies business-critical systems worldwide, with numerous reference customers covering industries as diverse as logistics, travel, insurance, food processing and oil and gas construction. For more information, visit

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