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Does BPM Have Any Innovation Left?

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Over on the BPM Forum, I asked the following: Has BPM Evolved To a Point Where Only Incremental Improvements Can Be Made?

I thought the answers were quite telling, and gave a good glimpse at what might be ahead for BPM. I edited some of the more revealing answers below:

Phil Ayres replied: BPM is a long way from achieving its original goal, of allowing business people to analyze, design, deploy and continuously improve software solutions to common business problems. The next big step is wrestling the technology out of BPM, so that real people...can put 'good-enough' processes in place, quickly.

Theo Priestley replied: Absolutely not...Personally I see the evolution in BPM coming in the form of the Enterprise 2.0 and Social-Collaborative angles

Michael zur Muehlen replied: Radical innovation comes with risk, and the question is: Do you have the appetite for it? Summarizing with: BPM is not the problem, it's the lack of creativity on the part of those who use it.

Andrew Smith replied: I feel the answer is a strong no. However, for many platforms out there the answer is probably a strong yes...Intelligent business maps is one way to get bigger wins, however I feel that BPM will radically change once more and more businesses embrace it within LOB applications.

Michael T. Rowley said: I'll be the contrarian and say yes. The radical move is the move to BPM and to using a BPMS for automating business processes.

Derek Miers said: It all comes down to the vision - if it is incremental in nature, only seeking small improvements, then that is all you will get. If on the other hand, you start from a different position, one where the you have a clear transformational goal - then you will get a different result.

These are just a few of the responses, and the discussion is on-going, so make sure you check it out right here.

Myself, I still believe BPM is the cornerstone of cost-savings in the enterprise, and where there is money there is motivation for innovation. I think that innovation will come from improvement in social networking as well as the greater adaptation of mobile devices such as the iPad which will further integrate IT with businesses processes.

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Peter Schooff

Peter Schooff is Contributing Editor at ebizQ, and manager of the ebizQ Forum. Contact him at pschooff@techtarget.com

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