Archives for February 2004

XML BP Languages: An Update

XML BP Languages: An Update This Advisor provides an update on our 2003 report on efforts to create XML Business Process Languages and considers the role that the new BP notation, BPMN, might play in this rapidly evolving area.

BPM is NOT Just About Technology

BPM is NOT Just About TechnologyIn this BPTrends ADVISOR we restate our commitment to provide our members and readers with a wide variety of perspectives on all aspects of Business Process Change and describe why we believe that BPM is best understood as a generic term used to describe the many different paths to managing […]

Process Innovations: A Catholic Approach to Process Management

Process Innovations: A Catholic Approach to Process Management This month we add a new columnist, Tom Davenport, one of the guru’s who stimulated all the interest in business process change in the early Nineties and later championed the move to ERP systems. In his first column, Davenport talks about the variety of business process approaches […]

Postcard from Europe: Will You Make the Change Before It Is Too Late?

Postcard from Europe: Will You Make the Change Before It Is Too Late? Mark McGregor In this month’s Column, Mark McGregor discusses how business process improvement can make the difference between a successful company and one that is simply waiting to be acquired, or worse. In some cases, he suggests, putting of process redesign can […]

Managing BP: Great Unsolved Problems

Managing BP: Great Unsolved Problems Joe Francis considers some of the major, hard to solve problems facing anyone involved in business process change.

MDA Journal: A Response to Steve Cook

MDA Journal: A Response to Steve Cook Last month, Steve Cook explained how Microsoft would not be supporting MDA, but would focus instead on domain specific modeling languages. This month David Frankel turns the podium over to Michael Guttman who offers his personal critique of Microsoft’s position.

Does Better Math Lead to Better Business Processes?

Does Better Math Lead to Better Business Processes? Jon Pyke, CTO of Staffware and chair of the WfMC, and Roger Whitehead, an independent consultant, offer their own analysis of what makes workflow systems work and suggest that neither workflow nor BPM depend on Pi Calculus.

Why Workflow is NOT Just a Pi Process

Why Workflow is NOT Just a Pi Process Wil M.P. van der Aalst, the lead author of the well known workflow book, Workflow Management: Models, Methods, and Systems (MIT Press, 2002) which introduced an analysis of workflow patterns. In this short article, he responds to comments that appeared in last month’s article by Howard Smith […]

The Third Wave: BPM is Not About People, Culture, and Change. It’s About Technology.

The Third Wave: BPM is Not About People, Culture, and Change. It’s About Technology. Howard Smith and Peter Fingar describe a conversation with a potential client in which they seek to convince him that his problems aren’t ultimately people, culture, or change, but about technology.

The Split Personality of BPM

The Split Personality of BPM Derek Miers offers a wide-ranging exploration of the link between business strategy, process architectures, and BPM technology. This paper suggests how BPM systems can be integrated with other approaches and techniques to provide both procedural control and agility.

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