Process Improvement: Are Process Architectures Useful?

In his Column last month Paul Harmon questioned the value of developing a detailed process architecture. The debate continues on the BPTrends LinkedIn site. In this Column, Alan Ramias reflects on his own extensive experience with process architectures and how his opinion about the value of such an exercise has changed several times.

Practical Process: All in the Mind

Roger Tregear considers an organizational “process mind set” an essential ingredient for successfully maintaining processes. In this Column he defines the characteristics of such a mindset and offers suggestions for achieving it in your organization.

Harmon on BPM: What Comes Next?

In his first Column of the New Year, Paul speculates on what changes might be in store for Business Process Management in 2017. Do you agree or disagree with his projections? We hope you will share your thoughts on the subject.

Class Notes: Where to Study Business Process Management? A Global Perspective Based on EDUglopedia.org

This month, Jan vom Brocke updates previous Class Notes Columns which described the wide range of locations throughout the world where BPM education was offered. Now, the University of Liechtenstein has developed a website, EDUglopedia.org for pooling knowledge of BPM courses worldwide. Read Jan’s Column for details.

Business Rules Solutions: Who (or What!) Makes Your Operational Business Decisions?

In his Column this month, Ron recounts several experiences he and his colleagues encountered where incorrectly implemented business rules proved very costly to the organization. To avoid such problems, Ron suggests that control over decisions be put in the hands of business managers. Read his Column to learn the impact poorly implemented business rules can have on an organization.

Performance Architecture: A Dog’s Guide to Business

Roger Addison and Carol Haig constantly search for an exemplary organization that models the Performance Architect’s view of how best to achieve and exceed expected results. Finally, they believe they have found such an enterprise: Guide Dogs for the Blind, a non-profit organization headquartered in San Rafael, California. Read their engaging Column to learn why they believe this organization fits the bill.

Process Solutions: What is the Internet of Things?

Although The Internet of Things provides users and businesses a great opportunity to make life a little easier, Tom Bellinson warns that, left unattended, these devices have the potential to do great harm. Read his concerns and his suggestions for making these devices more secure.

Harmon on BPM: Where is Business Architecture Today?

This month, Paul focuses on Business Architecture and examines the various forms it has taken over the last few decades. He suggests that the comprehensive and complex business architectures from the 80’s and 90’s are no longer viable in the current culture where technology and change are moving at exponential speed. Instead, he recommends that most organizations would do better to focus on defining value chains that contain the problems and analyzing just those business process architectures required to understand and improve the process.

Practical Process: The Best Thing?

Roger Tregear wonders if BPM is the best thing since sliced bread, and if process-based management is so good, why isn’t everyone doing it? He offers some answers to these questions in this Column. Read his analysis and see if you agree.

BPM and Lean: Prepare your Organization for Change: from ‘What’ to ‘How’ – Free Ebook

In this Column, Peter Matthijssen and his co-author, Marc Lankhorst discuss their thoughts on making an organization more adaptive and include a link to a free copy of their newly published eBook, The Adaptive Enterprise. Read inside for details.