Archives for April 2008

How Do You Measure Processes?

How Do You Measure Processes? There are lots of ways to measure business processes. In this Advisor, we’ll take a very broad look at what can be done and suggest some things to consider when you approach process measurement.

Innovation and Process

Innovation and Process Most organizations understand that real breakthroughs require major innovations. This Spotlight looks at some of the Articles we’ve published on Innovation over the last few years.

Manufacturing and Service Processes

Manufacturing and Service Processes Manufacturing processes really do differ from service processes. This is important when you consider that most BPM methodologies were developed when people were focusing on manufacturing. In this Advisor, we’ll consider what the differences are and why they are important.

The Organizational Scan: A Periodic Table for Organizational Change

The Organizational Scan: A Periodic Table for Organizational Change Donald Tosti In this Article, Donald Tosti argues that SCAN (System Centered Analysis) can provide a way to order the “million or so things” that can affect organizational results in much the same way the Periodic Table of Elements provided order to potential chemical reactions. Read […]

Testing a SOA Application

Testing a SOA Application To avoid the many potential sources of failure because of reuse requirements, Srikanth Inaganti and Sriram Aravamudan advocate a robust testing methodology for a SOA application. In this Article, these experienced Enterprise Architecture consultants provide an overall testing methodology. But in addition, they caution that in terms of the success of […]

BPM and PI (Part 3)

BPM and PI (Part 3) As he has emphasized in Parts 1 and 2 in this series, Imre Hegedus believes that Process Improvement and Process Management should be a deliberate exercise. In this third and final Article of the series, he concludes with an exploration of how you might go about deploying both BPM and […]

BPM and SOA: Orchestration or Choreography

BPM and SOA: Orchestration or Choreography Inspired by a thought-provoking session he attended at a recent conference, Mike Rosen decomposes the elements of orchestration and choreography–two alternative approaches to using BPM and SOA in an organization. Each approach has distinct advantages in certain scenarios. Read his Column this month to learn which approach would yield […]

Extreme Competition: The New IT

Extreme Competition: The New IT Looking forward to the new frontier in this era of global competition, Peter Fingar offers a provocative essay on where we are and where we’re going in the realm of technology tools and methodologies. Having implemented IT driven production and transaction automation systems, companies now need to look beyond IT […]

Performance Improvement: A Framework for Designing the Structure of Work

Performance Improvement: A Framework for Designing the Structure of Work With this Column, Geary Rummler and Alan Ramias launch the first of a three-part series describing a framework for modeling the Business Architecture layer of Enterprise Architecture. Their view, and the approach that has evolved from it, is in contrast to the IT-centric Business Architecture […]

The Virtualization of the Enterprise

The Virtualization of the Enterprise Adrian Grigoriu contends that to be competitive in today’s business world of strategic alliances, partnerships, and outsourcing organizations are required to understand and manage their Value Chains. In this Article, he proposes virtualization of the enterprise to solve the complex IT and Business issues involved in dealing with these diverse […]

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