I recently came across an interestingÂ discussion, can you do Business Procecss Management without using a technology solutionsÂ or a BPM SuiteÂ (BPMS) posted by Nicholas Kitson. That got me thinking for a few moments. If an organization is doing process improvement without using BPMS, canÂ that be termed as a BPM effort?
Well, some people will definetly argue that it is a BPM effort, but these people are missing the point that BPM as an organizational practice isÂ incomplete withoutÂ a BPM Suite. They need to draw a line betweenÂ classical Business Process Improvement (BPI) and utilizing BPM for BPI. This is because:
- Business Process Improvement is nothing new. For decades organizations have been using IT Softwares and Solutions for reducing the human intervention and improving the processes.
- Organizations have been utilizing tools such as Visio for orcestrating Business Processes.
- Processes owners have utilized Business Intelligence (BI) tools for getting reports on how the processes perform andÂ in some cases,Â tried to utilize those for improving the processes.
So, why now organizations areÂ setting upÂ BPM Center of Excellence (COE) and implementing BPM Suites?
That is because BPM Suites have revolutionized the way organizations can approach Business Process Improvement.
We know that in the current times organizations have to be agile to change with the market needs. Also, Managers need a real-time view of the organization to make the right decision.
Here are some of the features of current BPM Suites that have resulted in these BPM initiatives:
- Business Process Modeler to orchestrate the as-is and future process.
- BPM Engine that runs the process you model, providing an easy handshake between business analyst andÂ IT developers.Â Â IT builds on the same shared model that the business has come up with as a part of the future-state process.
- Rich UI Framework to automate human tasks.
- Ability to integrate with ERPs andÂ Legacy Applications to ensure that the investment in those applications is properly utilized.
- Ability to monitor the process instancesÂ at run-time and quickly point out the bottle-necks.
- Real-time reporting on the application data.
- Business Activity Monitoring (BAM) to track KPIs.
- Governance capabilities to manage the processes effectively.
- Additionally, some BPM Suites also provide Social BPM features which let your end-users participate and contributeÂ to the process improvement effort.
This is the reason why BPM is catching up as an Organizational dicipline for process improvement. Organizations are able to setup BPM COE as an umbrella group working with the IT and Business teams for automating processes.