2011-06-17

EBIZQ.NET: Should the language of #BPM be the language of business?

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In my experience, it is the best option so far. BPM (how to use processes to manage the enterprise) is good as the language of business for the following reasons:
  1. BPM main “tool” -- process (an explicitly-defined coordination of activities to create a particular result) – makes the business EXPLICIT.
  2. BPM makes its processes EXECUTABLE (what you model is what you run) – thus predictable (if you want).
  3. Processes in BPM can be rather flexible (see http://improving-bpm-systems.blogspot.com/2010/12/illustrations-for-bpm-acm-case.html ).
  4. BPM uses the business artefacts: events, rules, roles, data, documents, KPIs, audit trails, activities, etc. – practically everything from business architecture (see http://improving-bpm-systems.blogspot.com/2011/02/explaining-ea-business-architecture.html ).
  5. With BPMN, BPM may express different practical patterns which are applicable in different business areas (those patterns are easier than well-known workflow patterns).
  6. Proper implemented BPM can considerably speed up the evolution of the business.
  7. If the business wants to share its language with the IT then BPM works well with EA, PMO, SDLC, SOA, etc.

Sure, that BPM is in favor of control-based coordination which is not sufficient in all cases. Nevertheless, BPMN allows also some event-based coordination (see http://improving-bpm-systems.blogspot.com/2011/01/explicit-event-processing-agents-in.html ).

Although BPM has no commonly-agreed-between-BPM-gurus terminology but those differences are not dramatic.

Thanks,
AS
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