Steps for Choosing the Right BPM Software for your Business

For an organization, the ultimate aim is to achieve higher growth. This is possible only when you can increase the efficiency of processes involved in your business. Business Process Management (BPM) software facilitates integration, automation, analysis, and simulation. You can synchronize internal business processes of your organization for better functioning. But, how do you select the best BPM software for your organization? There are a number of factors involved before you can finalize the most suitable BPM software for your organization. Follow the steps explained below for choosing the right business process management software for your business.

  1. Analyze your Business Processes
    Business process is a set of day-to-day business activities. It is impossible to achieve business goals without working on the regular business processes. The internal processes in organizations differ considerably. Most of the BPM software in the market emphasize common perspectives. They don't tend to offer specific solutions for particular processes. Therefore, analyze your business process and search for the suitable BPM software accordingly. For example, customer service process deals with the interaction between customers and the company representatives. So, you need a Business Process Management suite that can provide extensive solutions for the customer service process. This includes managing ticket management, categorization of customer queries, and so on. Now, if there are any glitches in the processes that should be the addressed, you can consider opting for BPM software that fulfills the gap and completes the process proceedings. The overall aim is to improve the efficiency of the process for better performance.
  2. Determine your Requirements
    The requirements pertaining to any process is a crucial factor while choosing the right BPM software for your business, e.g. if you want access to a particular department or if you want to control the number of users who can access the database. The main aspect is the accessibility that can be achieved with flexible BPM software. Adopt a BPM software that can be easily operated by you. It should be able to simplify your process for better execution of the tasks. Now, tasks differ from process to process. Hence, your requirements differ as well. You should purchase the BPM software that is streamlined as per your requirements. The features of the BPM software you buy should satisfy all your business requirements. While choosing the BPM software for your business, you must deeply ascertain its features.

    Some of the features that are must-have in a Business Process Management Software are:

  • Knowledge Management
    Business Process Management software must be capable enough to deliver knowledge and information across the organization. This feature offers quick responses for fetching all types of the organization' data, and thereby creates a better profitability scenario.
  • Social Collaboration
    By means of a social collaboration feature of the Business Process Management software, an organization is able to study and understand the interdepartmental ideology and can also work on same to achieve more. By being a common platform, social collaboration is an effective tool to identify different ideas from various departments across the organization, so that the business plan can be well executed, and the business goals can be achieved.
  • Mobility
    Introducing mobility on account of professional growth in today's time is an effective measure. The growth of smartphones and tablets has cast a spell on the personal as well as the professional being. The BPM software you choose must have a mobile-friendly interface so that the interdepartmental communication is same as it is on the desktop. By being mobile, it is easier to get hands on to the current business nerve.
  • Security
    Supreme security must be the first and the foremost priority of Business Process Management software. The software must be secure enough to maintain the information, data and other confidential documents of any organization. It must protect its data from disasters such as hacking, virtual data penetration and so on.
  1. Technical Compatibility
    Technical compatibility refers to the scenario where the BPM software must be compatible enough to deliver the information as required by the organization at any point in time. The technical feasibility of BPM software depends on how comfortable the organization is while using the software. BPM software must be flexible enough to run smoothly for any organization. While choosing BPM software for your organization, you must make sure that all the functionality keys of the software are live and working.
  2. Search for Reliable Vendors
    Now, as you are ready to choose the right BPM software for your organization, you must know the reliable vendors who can assist you to get the desired software. To be precise, the following factors need to be kept in mind while finalizing the software vendor:
  • Budget
    The software requirement of the organization is directly proportional to the budget your organization has planned. It is, therefore, important to know the budget limitations of your organization so that the right BPM software can be chosen.
  • Deployment
    How capable is the software vendor to install the BPM across the organization? Or, is he/she going to provide cloud BPM? Think about it!
  • Implementation Timeline
    It is highly recommended to select from a list of given vendors of time deadlines. A vendor who values your organization's time deadline is the one you should select.
  • Product Support
    Always choose the software vendor on the basis of the support they are prepared to provide. You would definitely not want to pursue a vendor for minor issues. The vendors who provide immediate customer support are the best. A reliable vendor would always be polite and cooperative until the query is resolved.
  • Vendor Location
    Ensure that the vendor is located nearby your organization's location as this is going to be a time-saver, in the event any issues should occur.
  • Prior References
    Always follow the recommendations and references of the vendor's previous customers. That will definitely give you a better understanding of the professional conduct and behavior of any vendor.
Bhavesh Koladiya

Bhavesh Koladiya

Bhavesh Koladiya is currently a Software Analyst at SoftwareSuggest. He is passionate about CRM, Payroll, marketing automation, practice management, real estate and all things digital. When not working, you can find him either listening to Music or reading Tech stuff. Connect with him on Twitter @bhavesh9040.
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