Business Process Architecture

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Most process people would say that this term is a synonym for “Business Architecture.” Business process theorists usually emphasize the key role of process in defining the overall goals of the organization. In fact, most process people take a systems perspective and think of an organization as a very large process that takes inputs and generates outputs. They usually divide the organization into one or more value chains, and value chains into one or more large business processes, and so forth. Having established key outputs, and value chains, they proceed to define stakeholders, value propositions, KPIs, process management schema, and all of the other tools that managers need to assure that the organization is functioning as it should. It is assumed that IT will align its capabilities to support such a business process architecture.

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