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BPM Technology Taxonomy:

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Understanding Business Process Management
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BPM Technology Taxonomy:
 
A Guided Tour to the Application of BPM
 
White Paper | March 2009
 
 
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Contents
Abstract.......................................................................................3
 
Introduction..................................................................................3
 
Understanding Business Process Management..........................................6
 
What Is a Business Process?....................................................................6
 
What Is the Lifecycle of a Business Process?................................................7
 
What Is a Model?.................................................................................8
 What Is Business Process Modeling?......................................................8
 What Is Business Process Management?....................................................13
 
How Are Business Processes Executed with and without BPM?.........................16
 
How Does BPM Change the Function of IT?................................................19
 
How Is Performance Management Related to BPM?......................................20
 
How Is a Process Centric Approach Changing the Structure of Modern Companies?.21
 The Business Case for Adopting Business Processes Management.................23
 
What Is the Ultimate Vision for a Process-Centric Company?...........................23
 
What Is the Business Value of BPM?.........................................................26
 
How Does BPM Help Run an Extended Business Network?...............................29
 
How Do Companies Adopt BPM?.............................................................29
 Applying the Technology of Business Process Management........................33
 
What Is the Purpose of BPM Technology?..................................................33
 
How Does BPM Technology Expand the Scope of IT?.....................................35
 
What Categories of BPM Technology Exist?................................................39
 
What Is BPM Technology for Process Description?........................................43
 
What Is the Value Provided by Descriptive BPM Technology?...........................45
 
What Is BPM Technology for Process Automation?........................................46
 
What Is the Value of BPM Technology for Process Automation?........................50
 
What Functionality and Components Constitute a Fully Formed BPM Suite?.........52
 
What Enabling Standards and Technology Support BPM Technology?..................54
 Moving Forward............................................................................55
 
BPM Technology Taxonomy | March 2009
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Abstract
Thispaperprovidesasurveyofthepracticesandtechnologyrelated
to
businessprocessmanagement(BPM).Basicconceptsareexplained,thetransformationaleffectontheenterpriseisexamined,andthevaluethatBPMcancreateisanalyzed.ThepaperthenpresentsasurveyofthevastarrayoftechnologythatisrelatedtoBPMandsortsouthowandwhensuchtechnologyisused.
Introduction
Asthemodernenterprisegrowsincomplexityandscope,managershavestruggledtokeeppace.Thevalue‐creatingprocessesinsidecompaniesaremorecomplex.Moreandmoreactivitieshappenoutsidecompaniesinextendedbusinessnetworks.Demandsforincreasedcomplianceandbetterfinancialreturnsseemonlytoincrease.Thepaceofchangeisfasterthanever.Businessprocessmanagementincreasinglyisseenasawaytomastertheswellingcomplexityofthemoderncorporationsandcoordinatetheworkofthousandsofpeoplethroughafocusonwell‐definedprocesses.Leadingcompanieshaveshownthatapplyingbusinessprocessmanagement(BPM)intherightwaycanfulfillthepromiseofITtoautomatebusinessprocessesanddirectlysupportstrategy.WhatisrarelydescribedindiscussionsofBPMistheend‐to‐endpicture.Howexactlydoestheactofusingtheboxes,lines,anddiamondstodescribeprocessesultimatelyleadtothegoalofrunningabetterbusiness?Whatarethestepsfromstarttofinishtoreachthisgoal?Whatvaluedoesanincreasedfocusonbusinessprocessesbring?Howwillanorganizationchangeinthewakeofthisfocus?HowdoesBPMtransformthetraditionalsolution‐developmentlifecycle?Whatroledoestechnologyplay?HowdoesBPMincorporateERPandtheexistingenterpriseapplicationlandscape?Howhasthenextgenerationofsolutions,theso‐calledthird‐generation,beenconstructedusingmodeling,businessrules,andSOAtofulfillthepromiseofBPM?ThispaperaimstobringreaderstoamorecompleteunderstandingofwhatBPMmeans,howitworksatmanydifferentlevels,andhowtogetstarted.Theauthorsintendtodemonstratethatbusinessprocessmanagementissimplygoodmanagementthatemphasizesthecentralroleofthebusinessprocess.Businessprocessmanagementisthedisciplineofthinkingfirstabouthowtooptimallyrunyourbusinessthroughdefinedprocesses,andthenfindingawaytotakeadvantageofthelatestdevelopmentsintechnologytoextendautomationtoachievemoreeffectivenessandefficiency.Thethreequestionsexecutivesatalllevelsshouldaskthemselvesare:

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