Business Process Management

What is a business process management?

Business process management (BPM) is the systematic approach to improving an organization's business processes, making them more effective, more efficient and more capable of adapting to an ever-changing environment.

Although the initial focus of business process management was on the automation of mechanistic business processes, it has since been extended to integrate human-driven processes in which human interaction takes place in series or parallel with the mechanistic processes. An example is where an individual steps in the business process of a loan application. Human intuition or judgment may need to be performed if the loan approval exceeds a specified amount.

Why do we need business process management?

Every organziation's day-to-day work practices, from shipping clerk to CEO, require processes to be managed. Business process management provides:
  • A fast, agile process in which IT and business work together using tools that enable them to arrive at solutions that not only support the organization's goals today, but also prepare them for new challenges in the future.
  • For IT staff or non-technical business users to optimize business rules in real-time, supporting an iterative process that enables rule change, versioning and simple execution.
  • A number of different means through which the business analyst or manager can continuously monitor and measure improvements, both within single and across multiple business processes.
  • For the automation of routine transactions and dynamic human collaborations.

Business Process Management Benefits

Some of the benefits of using business process management include:
  • BPM increases operational efficiencies, speeding time to market and time to service.
  • BPM leverages existing standards, permitting the reuse of legacy applications and the creation of new IT assets.
  • BPM improves regulatory compliance, gained through improved process control, regulation and monitoring.
  • BPM offers increased customer retention, achieved through better, faster and deeper integration of customer and sales management systems.
  • BPM combined with SOA (Service Oriented Architecture) bridges the gap between the technically-minded creators of services and the business-minded users of them.
  • BPM reports
    Business process management offers users the ability to always know what is going on in the business. Click the screenshot above to view a standard business process management report.

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