Letter from the Managing Editor:


BEST OF BPTRENDS


PROCESS ARCHITECTURE

Essentials of Business Architecture: ‘The Business Architecture Concept Model: Strategic Context Phase’

Through his years of experience as a business process consultant, Roger has identified and applied 4 key Business Architecture models—Strategic Concept, Business Design, Business Change and Operations. In this Column, he describes the aspects of the strategic phase.

A Gas to Liquids Generic Business Architecture

Adrian Grigoriou, an executive Enterprise Strategy and Architecture Consultant, believes that a single page diagram, illustrating the core enterprise business functions and flows, is key for stakeholders to understand the enterprise and align their points of view. He presents the model in this article along with the benefits and instructions for how to use it.

Performance Architecture: Paradise Lost

In their Column this month, Roger Addison and Carol Haig, both residents of California, draw on the Camp fire in northern California and other recent examples of worldwide natural disasters to present a list of invaluable information that will help you create a plan for what to do should disaster strike.

Practical Process: Process architecture vs the organization chart: no contest

Roger Tregear asserts that the process architecture and the organization chart are different and unrelated. One does not replace the other. They are not in competition. They are alternate views of the organization, and we need both. Read his well-reasoned argument explaining what these differences are and why.


BUSINESS RULES

Business Rules Solutions: The Great Rules Impedance Mismatch

In this Column, Ron discusses what he describes as “a great impedance mismatch” between SBVR/ behavioral business rules vs. DMN /decision rules. At the heart of the mismatch is the issue of state-based vs. modeler-invoked evaluation of rules. Read Ron’s insightful analysis of the “mismatch “and his call to move beyond limited-function decisioning systems to comprehensive rule-based business solutions.

Business Rules Solutions: What Happens When Behavioral Business Rules and Decision Logic Collide?

Ron cites several instances in which behavioral business rules and decision logic rules do indeed cross paths? What happens when they do? Which rules ‘win’? Having problems handling exceptions in your decision logic? Read Ron’s Column for some clarification.


PROCESS FRAMEWORKS

Class Notes: Agile Business Process Management – Towards an Integrated Framework

In this issue of Class Notes Jan vom Brocke teams up with Thomas Grisold, a colleague at the University of Lichtenstein, to reveal first findings of their latest research into the development of an integrative framework for agile BPM. Based on these findings, they offer some suggestions for how practitioners can integrate agility in their BPM activities.

Frameworks: Pervasive Change and Digital Initiatives: Drive Process Challenges in 2019

Every year The APQC conducts research to identify the trends and challenges that might have an impact on process professionals. In this Column, Holly Lyke Ho-Gland presents the results of this year’s survey. Changes in this year’s priorities seem to be around the pervasiveness of change, it’s the new normal. Read what other surprising changes the survey revealed.


PROCESS IMPROVEMENT

Harmon on BPM: Process Improvement–The Perennial Concern

While process perspective has always been important, it has become ever more important as organizations become more automated and as software systems link automated activities into automated processes. Read Paul’s take on what will be the next driver of a surge in process improvement enthusiasm in 2019.

How Improving Business Processes Can Improve Your Company’s Bottom Line

Owen McGab Enaohwo, CEO and Co-Founder of SweetProcess, suggests four steps to improve business processes that can have an impact on your bottom line.

Communicating About Change

In this article, Gina Abudi, author of Implementing Positive Organizational Change: A Strategic Project Management Approach (J Ross Publishing, 2017,) provides best practices for effective communications to engage employees in change initiatives.


BUSINESS ANALYSIS

Digital Transformation: Platform Business Model of the Digital Economy

Mike Rosen begins his Column by looking at one of the prominent digital business models, then examines this model through the lens of digital transformation foundations, and finally looks at the architectural implications of that model.

Harmon on BPM: Process Mining and BPM

In this month’s Column, Paul advocates the use of process mining tools for the day-to-day work of process analysts trying to analyze the effectiveness of existing processes and identifying opportunities for incremental improvement. Read Paul’s take on these helpful tools and his assessment of how they can help save your organization time and money.

The Death of Process Mining?

In his June Column, Paul Harmon mentioned process mining as a tool to assist process analysts and made a reference to the first “International Conference on Process Mining.” Mark McGregor attended the meeting and, in this article, he shares his insights and observations.

The Agile Practitioner: Conflict is Scary

Tom Bellinson believes that conflict is scary, but he encourages risk-taking and change in the face of uncertainty. “Teams without a diversity of membership can fall into the group-think trap and become complacent.” Read his interesting take on the positive role conflict can play in leading to a successful outcome for the process team.


Calendar of Events

Conferences

Business Process Management Conference Europe, London, October 21-24, 2019

Building Business Capabilities, San Antonio, Texas, November 11-19, 2019

Education and Training

Professional Certificate Program

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