by Anurag Gupta, Collaboration Practice Leader
Effective BPM aligns IT and business in a highly productive manner. This, in turn, pays off in faster development and better implementation of solutions. Ultimately this makes for a more responsive organization.
Automating Is Sometimes Faster With A BPM Tool
In some cases, BPM can accelerate the automation process, although this is not its purpose. Because processes evolve continually, it is important to have the ability to make rapid changes. Those seeking rapid process automation might be better served with a focused software solution. BPM is for those who anticipate rapid, frequent, ongoing changes.
The Truth About BPMN Standards
With so many standards, acronyms and buzzwords, IT can seem like a jungle. But make sure you always make decisions based on the right criteria. Capability, flexibility and simplicity are most important—not by the version of BPMN supported. Even well-known J2EE will not work on all web-servers.
Do you need a perfectly defined process, yet?
Experts frequently stress process definition and standardization. But remember, well-implemented BPM can bring speed and flexibility to any process. Often it is better to define a sub-set process and then implement. Processes can always be improved later via BPM.
BPM Does Not Make IT Redundant
BPM can make it easy for business users to modify and even implement processes, sometimes without IT. However managing, monitoring and optimizing the BPM environment still requires IT. For example, IT can help choose the most efficient of varying ways to implement a solution. IT delivers know-how, and strategies to utilize BPM more effectively.
BPM Is Here To Stay
The key word in BPM is “Management.” Of course, management involves elements of planning, organizing, execution, monitoring, and control. While a new name or label may emerge, management will remain the key to the process. Dynamic organizations will have rapid evolution and faster changes in their business processes. BPM—by any name—assures that they will answer the challenge of change and while maximizing future opportunity.