Archives for December 2010

The Process Knowledge Initiative – Update

The Process Knowledge Initiative – Update Here is a review and update on the status of the Process Knowledge Initiative, a world-wide collaborative industry and academic effort to create an open source body of knowledge on process management.

What is a Business Process

What is a Business Process Here is a cut at a general definition of a business process – something that turns out to be harder than one might think. We invite our readers to help us improve this definition.

A Single Page Generic Business Architecture

A Single Page Generic Business Architecture In this Article, Adrian Grigoriu proposes a generic Business Architecture called GODS, an acronym for: Governance, Operations, Development, and Support, which is an extension of Porter’s Value Chain concept. GODS offers a comprehensive view of the key enterprise functions that form the enterprise structure that deliver value to stakeholders. […]

BPM and SOA—Business Processes Start with Capabilities

BPM and SOA—Business Processes Start with Capabilities In his Column this month, Mike Rosen takes up the topic of business capability which he defines as what an enterprise does, not how it does it. Capability models are relevant to the business, and they provide the all-important link between the business and IT architectures. Read Mike’s […]

Practical Process: Process Lenses

Practical Process: Process Lenses Roger Tregear proposes that business process practitioners apply a series of lenses to accomplish an effective analysis of complex processes. Building a set of metaphorical lenses and deliberately using them to focus thinking on a range of important perspectives, one at a time, provides a richer understanding of the context, purpose […]

Performance Improvement: Who is Responsible for Process Performance?

Performance Improvement: Who is Responsible for Process Performance? In their May 2010 Column on process performance measurement, Alan Ramias and Cherie Wilkins provided some principles to avoid complications in creating effective process performance measurement systems. In their September Column they provided a tool for identifying appropriate process metrics linked to both customer and business requirements. […]

MDA Journal: New Dimensions in Business Applications

MDA Journal: New Dimensions in Business Applications In his September 2010 installment of the MDA Journal, David Frankel discussed some new dimensions of cloud computing and mobile devices that present opportunities and challenges for enterprise-class business applications. In this Column, he explores additional new dimensions that impact business applications, providing added value but also creating […]

Deliberately Choosing Simplicity

Deliberately Choosing Simplicity Dick Markvoort exhorts us to opt for simplicity over complexity in solving issues relating to processes. He examines a model developed by his colleague, Frans van der Reep, called PSO, Processes, Systems, and Organizations. In this Article, the author focuses on what we can learn from this model, how we can use […]

The Self-Organizing Supply Chain

The Self-Organizing Supply Chain In a departure from his customary topic of ERP Software analysis, Tom Bellinson offers a thought-provoking essay in which he proposes that technology offers the best solution—perhaps the only solution—to accommodating the ever-changing business environment. He contends that organizations will increasingly remove humans from their supply chain loop and replace them […]

BPM in India: BPM in e-Governance—Towards Citizen-Centric Processes

BPM in India: BPM in e-Governance—Towards Citizen-Centric Processes This month, Jyoti Bhat and Jude Fernandez explore four different e-governance initiatives in the Indian government; two at the national level, one involving both national and state governments, and one at the local city council level. In their analysis, they attempt to uncover the underlying processes and […]

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