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Introduction



BPM provides a number of capabilities that require a different approach to planning, building, and managing a BPM initiative. You can adopt a traditional project approach, but then you would be missing out on these differentiating capabilities, thereby not realizing BPM's full potential. BPM is not just a collection of advanced tools to implement processes, but a sophisticated platform or framework that impacts the business in numerous ways. So, before you jump in and start planning a standard project approach, make the time to understand just what BPM can do for you.

BPM's differentiating capabilities

A good BPM platform changes the traditional project lifecycle in two ways: first, it opens up very powerful tools to accelerate the various phases of the project; second, it provides a management infrastructure that includes governance and communication. Putting a project on fast track helps the business realize value quicker. A management infrastructure ensures that the value of the new functionality does not degrade over time; in fact, with the adoption of an appropriate set of controls and a process improvement methodology, BPM fosters continuous process improvement.

In traditional project management, there is a lot of emphasis on making sure that the business analysts capture requirements correctly and specify them accurately; that design and architecture conform to the corporate technology stack; that development satisfies quality standards; and that the project does not exceed its budget.

BPM provides the tools and infrastructure that:
  • captures requirements very efficiently and in a way that is natural to the business.
  • translates them into IT specifications with minimal loss of intent.
  • performs impact analysis to identify how systems and applications are affected by the project.
  • provides an integrated development platform that facilitates near codeless development by providing a large set of controls, adapters, and rich technologies such as AJAX.
  • ensure a close match between the end product and the original requirements.

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