Ultimus BPM Company History

A Game Changing Visionary

Ultimus was founded in 1994 by Rashid Khan, a visionary who set out to build a company dedicated to improving the way businesses operated. Khan envisioned a new kind of workflow automation solution: a complete software suite that tightly integrated all necessary functionality and was intuitive and accessible to non-technical users. In 1994, when spreadsheets were all the rage, Khan held the belief that anyone who could use an Excel spreadsheet should be able to easily develop workflow processes. In contrast to existing products that were difficult to use and required sophisticated programming skills, Khan wanted a solution that would make solution deployments fast and cost-effective.

With this idea in mind, Khan created Ultimus and helped pioneer the concept of the Business Process Management Suite. Two decades later, Ultimus continues this revolutionary role in the BPM industry.

Expanding Global Leader

Since our founding, Ultimus has quickly become an international operation, having expanded from our origins in Cary, North Carolina, to operating 14 offices throughout the United States, Europe, Central America, the Gulf and Middle East, and Asia.

Maintaining our global leadership as an enterprise solutions provider, Ultimus continues to support our customers in over 80 countries across every major industry, with software that is supported in 20 languages. We are a recognized leader in banking and financial services, government, technology, manufacturing, and telecommunications, and are honored to power some of the world’s biggest companies including Sanofi, Bristol-Myers Squibb, DHL, Lockheed Martin, Sony, Pfizer, and Sonoco, as well as over 75 retail and commercial banks.

Industry Recognition

Over the years, Ultimus also won recognition in the BPM industry with many accomplishments. These accolades include KMWorld Magazine's Trend-Setting Product Award, CRN Editor’s Choice Award, the e-Week Excellence Award, Kinetic's Process Innovation Award, PC Week’s Best of COMDEX, and more. We have also consistently achieved growth and profitability, winning Ultimus positions in Inc 500, Software Magazine’s Annual Software 500, and Deloitte & Touche’s Technology Fast 500. Ultimus has also been ranked among the leaders in the BPM industry by Forrester Research, Gartner Group, and the Butler Group.

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First Global Footprint for BPM – Ultimus is the first BPM company with complete global capabilities, including offices in 11 countries and customers in 80 countries. The Ultimus product is available in 20 languages, and is supported by a worldwide Professional Services team and a 24/7 support center.

#1 in BPM Customers Worldwide – With over 2,000 customers worldwide, Ultimus has deployed BPM processes for more customers than any other BPM company.

Large Enterprise Leadership – Over 125 Large Enterprise customers, with annual revenues above $1 Billion, have deployed Ultimus BPM.

Leadership in BPM Processes Deployed – With over 20 years experience and more than 2,000 customers, many with extensive process deployments, Ultimus has deployed more BPM processes than any other BPM company.

Leader in rapid deployment BPM – Customers and analysts agree that Ultimus has the most complete and mature set of capabilities to support both the human needs and system needs of business processes.