Business Process Design or Redesign

Business Process Redesign focuses on making major changes in an existing process, or creating a new process. Depending on the size of the process, this can be a major undertaking, is done infrequently, and, once done, should be followed by continuous business process improvement. Compared with BPR, as defined in the early Nineties, Business Process Redesign usually focuses on smaller scale processes and aims for more modest improvements. Redesign focuses on major improvements in existing processes. Design focuses on creating entirely new processes.

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The basics of SOA-based service orchestration for Java developers.

Vintage Old Stock is a fictional antique car-restoration business that has implemented BPM to improve its core processes of customer service, quoting of restoration jobs and gaining visibility into the turnaround time for a restoration job.

VOSton Mutual is a fictional insurance company specializing in personal property lines of insurance. As the company has grown, so too has the number of claims. To streamline the claims process, customers may submit new claims directly. ActiveVOS is deployed to orchestrate and co-ordinate the claims process.

In this short demo Dr Michael Rowley explains how you can use BPMN 2.0 primatives to quickly model your processes in the ActiveVOS Designer.

See how to use the ActiveVOS designer to create BPMN 2.0 compliant business processes.

Find out how to use the ActiveVOS designer to make executable business processes ready for deployment.

Analyst Sandra Rogers says that "organizations are discovering that the use of more visual and self-documenting solutions can better ensure that requirements are commonly understood and agreed upon, and measure if certain business goals met. Utilizing a BPMS like ActiveVOS can help individuals capture current and future states. It allows for multiple and concurrent cycles while designing and enhancing business processes. Because of this, BPMS software can greatly impact overall business results."

A survey of the vendors featured in the Ovum Decision Matrix report and other prominent BPM vendors reveal the very positive news that BPM is one of the few rapidly growing enterprise software markets. This report explores the competitive dynamics within the BPM market, and helps businesses select a vendor based on its technology strength, reputation among customers, and impact on the market. Ovum provides a complete view of vendor capabilities and advises on those that businesses should consider.

Forrester has identified 15 key technology components and evaluated their current and future ecosystem phase, business value-add, and overall trajectory to support a more thorough planning of BPM program efforts (Forrester subscription required).

This paper describes how ActiveVOS makes it easy to use service-oriented standards to combine people, processes and systems into a unified solution that delivers on the promise of business process management.

Analyst David S. Linthicum explains that "the value of Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) is the concept of agility, or the ability to limit risk through the management of change. Today, many enterprises are fighting to make this a reality, yet few approach SOA using the right methodologies and technology, and most have yet to define the real value of SOA and/or agility."

Analyst Joshua Greenbaum asserts that, using SOA, "Whether a company is developing the business services that are to become part of the composite applications repertoire, wrapping legacy systems as services, or developing and deploying composite applications in a service oriented architecture, the potential cost savings over existing or previous methodologies will be significant."

Forrester Research’s Randy Heffner offers guidance on how to create a holistic approach to detailing how SOA and BPM can help you build your digital business. Using a few basic concepts, it’s possible to implement a rationalized, cost-effective set of technologies that take advantage of modern computing. Active Endpoints CTO Dr. Michael Rowley demonstrates how the ActiveVOS BPMS leverages these core ideas to build compelling process applications.

Bloor Research recommends Active Endpoints' visual orchestration product for enterprises that are looking at BPMS to help them get control of their business processes.

In this webcast replay, you can see how the ActiveVOS BPMS uses Actuate BIRT to deliver integrated reporting. And, you will learn how it is possible to put even greater control of reporting and analysis directly into the hands of the same users who designed an organization's automated processes.

Listen to this informative session by Neil Ward-Dutton, Research Director, MWD Advisors, and Michael Rowley, CTO, Active Endpoints, about "What It Really Takes to Collaborate." They explore the organizational, cultural and technical elements that combine to create successful BPM deployments.

This webcast examines how, in an era of shrinking budgets, Government IT can employ "smart applications" to deliver smarter services and help spur economic activity. It also includes a live demonstration of the Active Endpoints BPMS, which can be used to orchestrate existing capabilities into new smart applications. Michael, who is an expert in BPMS standards, will comment on the importance of BPMN 2.0 and other standards that government IT should understand to assess the strategic implications of deploying "smart applications."

In the second episode in the series, "How to Explain BPMN to Business Users," Michael and Sandy explore just how much BPMN business users should know. They answer questions including "What makes BPMN the standard in documentation and communication?"; "How much BPMN is just enough to make business users dangerous?" and "What are the useful bits of BPMN that business users should know?" A demonstration of ActiveVOS, a BPMS that features a BPMN 2.0 modeler the whole team can use and serves the needs of the entire project team, including architects, project managers, developers and business analysts, is included.

In the third, and final, episode in the series, "Five Things You Should Never, Ever Try in Process Development," Michael and Sandy explore the most common pitfalls teams face as they begin using BPM techniques to develop and deploy process applications. Learn how other organizations have addressed these snags by carefully selecting processes to be modeled and deployed. A demonstration of ActiveVOS, a BPMN 2.0-based BPMS that will help development teams avoid these and other common traps in process development, is included.

Neil-Ward Dutton, Research Director of MWD Advisors, and Dr. Michael Rowley, CTO, Active Endpoints, presented a practical webinar on the theory and practice of BPM and process automation. Neil explained the history of applications development and how the old way of developing requirements and then "throwing them over the wall" is no longer viable. Michael described how ActiveVOS, Active Endpoints' BPMS, and its process automation capabilities, easily define the workflow required and immediate runtime using BPMN, BPEL and other web services open standards.

Related Terms

Activity Analysis Worksheet, Activity Cost Worksheet, Ad Hoc Workflow Systems, Asynchronous Process, Balanced Scorecard, Batch Processing, Business Analytics, Business Process, Business Process Automation, Business Process Change Cycle