Quick Guide: What is BPM?

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Business Process Management (BPM) can be used to focus your organization on the customer's needs by breaking processes out of the old departmental and managerial patterns. As a bonus, this streamlining of processes also tends to increase efficiency and thus decrease total cost and time spent by the company.

Today's BPM solutions go a long way towards creating a suitable framework for such a shift. While things are getting more intuitive, it's rarely an out-of-the-box experience; you still need to configure, automate and optimize the software to reap the full benefits of BPM. This guide will help you get started, from planning and evaluation to implementation and optimization.


BPM Basics

BPM 101 (ebizQ)
Improving central business processes is the core of most popular programs like continuous improvement, change management, total quality management and others. But it is critical to recognize that getting control of your business processes is not a technical or a business problem; it's both, and it needs to be treated accordingly.

What Are Business Processes? (Wikipedia)
This overview examines the basic principles of BPM, from Adam Smith to modern-day software solutions. The definitions span across management, operations and support layers, providing a solid foundation for understanding the goals and methods of BPM.

How BPM and SOA Should Play Together (ebizQ)
There are some preconditions to gathering the benefits of combining BPM and Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA), explains Uwe Roediger in this feature article.

BPM Meets the Cloud (ebizQ)
BPM, virtualization, Software-as-a-Service (SaaS), mashups, cloud computing, Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS). They're all buzzwords du jour, but how do they fit together? In this webcast, hear how experts separate the virtualization, mashup and platform technologies from the SaaS/cloud delivery methods from the BPM value proposition. Learn how to distinguish among development, administration, power user and great-unwashed roles where one approach works better than another.

BPM for Everyone (ebizQ)
In these turbulent economic times, BPM is more crucial than ever for reducing cost, improving operational performance, managing risk and aligning all facets of the organization to achieve business objectives. The easier BPM software is to deploy, adopt, and use, the greater the value it can deliver. Replay this webinar to learn how to simplify process improvement.

Back to BPM Basics (ebizQ)
One of the most important factors for BPM success is the ability to properly capture and document the fundamental business processes. This formalization helps shed light on questions like prioritization, supporting IT processes, managerial chains of command and other vital aspects of business efficiency.

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