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Understanding Good Business Process Management (BPM)

At its most basic level, Business Process Management (BPM) improves system functionality by managing and tracking work. At a deeper level, BPM is an operations management discipline, using a combination of methods, which can include discovering, modeling, analyzing, measuring, improving, optimizing, and automating business processes.

However, what organizations will want to know is this: How does effective BPM save time and cost?

Business process management, workflows, integrated development environment

As a starting point, an effective BPM approach utilizes processes as key assets of an organization to provide value-added products and services to clients and customers.

All organizations have workflows, but BPM has advantages over workflow because:

  1. Workflows are a subset of BPM – BPM can include multiple workflows.
  2. BPM provides all the benefits of workflow, but can also integrate business rules, system tasks, roles, events, sub-processes, and user interfaces.

To know more about BPM vs. workflow, you can read this blog.

What are the benefits of good business process management?

  • Changes simulated by BPM are based on real-world data – not just on theoretical or assumed knowledge.
  • BPM emphasis on industry methodologies allows users to continually streamline and optimize processes so users can focus on market needs.
  • Although flexibility is an obvious benefit, BPM also helps organizations focus on compliance with business strategies, policies, and government regulations.
  • For government organizations, a BPM approach helps organizations focus on operational processes and knowledge representation.

Here are some features of BPM that are important to understand:

  • Structured workflow with external and automated integration
  • Focus on business process instead of document routing
  • Rules integration for conditional routing
  • Alerts or notices for delayed or upcoming tasks
  • Widely accepted; not dependent on native technology
  • Process monitoring
  • BPM Notation (BPMN) 2.0 Standards

BPM practices in the real world – Sagitec Software Studio (S3)

The Sagitec Software Studio (S3) is a web-based XML generator that serves as an Integrated Development Environment (IDE) for binding your benefit administration solution with Business Entities (including data) during design time. S3 allows you to visually design, implement, and execute BPM 2.0-compliant business processes with a few clicks. You can bind screens, business rules, web services, and communication templates to your business process model – then, you can deploy, monitor, and fine-tune your run-time processes.

Sagitec visually models BPM processes within S3. The BPM engine simulates execution for each process instance as it progresses through various tasks, gateways, etc.

The Sagitec BPM engine also provides configurable escalations for user tasks and processes to notify supervisors /managers – it provides configuration to raise, via notifications, any exceptions while executing system tasks. The process engine is highly scalable and can run on multiple servers.

S3 also lets you take advantage of one integrated system rather than switching between multiple tools for system design. The IDE provides comprehensive facilities for modeling business entities and defining business rules (e.g., logical rules, decision tables, excel rules) associated with these entities and scenarios to verify rule accuracy.

For Sagitec’s clients, S3 has helped make BPM more efficient – clients can model, program, test and deploy various business processes.

To know more about S3, click on the link below.

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Topics: Business Process Improvement, business strategy