Business performance management (BPM) - a growing software category with over 90 vendors - is a combination of business processes, select measures (metrics, key performance indicators) and systems that enable an organization to understand, act on and influence its business performance.BPM Partners, the independent authority on BPM solutions, released the 2006 BPM Pulse Survey, the industry's annual guide-at-a-glance to real world implementations and the only user report card on the BPM industry's vendors. This year's report shows that BPM is breaking out of the confines of the finance department and is starting to make inroads within functional departments in the rest of the organization.

The 2006 BPM Pulse identified several surprising trends, including:

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