The category of business process management (BPM) software covers a lot of ground: As you choose tools, beware of the jargon, and focus on the business problem you\u2019re trying to solve.\nAnalysis and modeling tools help enterprises map out their existing processes and optimize them. Modeling and management tools, often used in concert with a business rules engine, help enterprises test and deploy software that implements processes\u2014either within a BPM application that manages an entire process (such as document management) or as an automation tool that interacts with other applications and data sources to run a set of processes (like a very sophisticated scripting tool).\n\n[ Learn why\u00a0CIOs neglect BPM in favor of trendier software\u00a0and why these 10 old-school IT principles still rule. | Sign up for CIO newsletters. ]\n\nThe major BPM vendors\u2014Appian, BEA Systems, Cordys, EMC (ProActivity), Global360, HandySoft, IBM, IDS Scheer, Lombardi Software, Metastorm, Pegasystems, Savvion, Tibco Software and Ultimus\u2014offer suites that include modelers, asset managers, business rules engines, and process management and deployment tools. Vendor like Casewise offer dedicated modeling tools.\nSeveral vendors, such as Siemens Medical Solutions, provide BPM-based management tools for niches like health care.\nEnterprise application integration (EAI) tools and enterprise service bus (ESB) tools, such as those from BEA, Tibco and WebMethods, increasingly deliver some BPM functionality. Another class of related tools focuses more narrowly on automating document and workflow processes. Major vendors in this class include Adobe Systems, EMC (Documentum), IBM (FileNet) and Interwoven.