Archives for June 2014

What OMG Standards Do Companies Care About?

This month’s mini-survey on the website repeats a question we asked on our process survey this past fall.  We asked what standards companies care about.  In the case of the question currently up on the website, we confined ourselves to OMG standards.  We did this as a followup on a discussion and a column […]

The Digitization of Business Processes

Harvard Business School just sponsored a webinar on the digitization of business and McKinsey is offering a reading on the digitization of business processes. Each takes a slightly different take.  HBS puts more emphasis on the potential for analytics to help digitalize your processes.  In essence, if you gather lots of information, from emails […]

Harmon on BPM: OMG BPM Standards

Paul evaluates the BPM standards created by the OMG and concludes that the organization’s track record in creating useful standards is inconsistent. While practitioners have high praise for BPMN, other standards have received less enthusiastic response.

June 2014

Dear BPTrends Member: I want to remind all of you to register for the Business Process Management Conference, 2014, presented by the IRMUK and co-produced by BPTrends, It will take place from June 16-18 in London, UK. As I have in previous months, I urge you to send your comments on our content to us […]

BPM and Innovation – Part 2: How to achieve innovation balance

In Part I of this two-part series, Martin Andestad and Hans-Christian Grung-Olsen presented the primary result of their research on BPM and Innovation—that BPM promotes incremental innovation emphasizing short-term gains at the possible expense of solving long-term problems involving radical innovation. In this Article, they propose organizations strive to achieve a balance between the two and propose methods for doing so.

Making BPMN a True lingua franca

In this Article, Francois Bonnet, Gero Decker, Lloyd Dugan, Matthias Kurz, Zbigniew Misiak, Simon Ringuette, describe the joint effort of vendors working in the BPMN Model Interchange Working Group to facilitate the interchange of BPMN models among the variety of available modeling tools. The authors have provided a vast array of graphics to illustrate the testing process used in the Working Group’s efforts.

Extreme Competition: Cognitive BPM

In his April Column, Peter Fingar predicted that cognitive computing would take computing concepts to a whole new level. This month, he elaborates on that prediction. He says that the BPM practitioner’s challenge is no longer just mastering project management and process modeling techniques. It’s social transformation. Read Peter’s Column to learn just what that may mean for you and your organization.

Performance Architecture: Process Inside Out

During a recent hospital stay, Roger Addison experienced first-hand where processes connect as the patient moves through the system. As he reflected on his hospital experience, he determined that the Scope Diagram is a useful planning tool in process design and problem analysis. Read the how and why in Roger and Carol’s Column.

Human Resouces: Large Scale Contracts

This month, Keith examines large scale, high value contracts, such as those issued by public sector organizations for outsourcing services over a long period of time. Such contracts require the efforts of a collaborative team and typically include a mixture of company staff from multiple departments–in other words, virtual teams. Keith proposes the best approach to such a situation is Virtual Team Planning (VTP). Read his Column for details.

Class Notes: BPM Research in Education – How to Measure ECM Success

This Column continues the discussion of ECM (enterprise content management) begun in Jan vom Brocke’s November, 2013 Column. Here he teams up with his Research partners, Andrea Herbst and Nils Urbach, to present a subjective, survey-based tool that assesses an organization’s content-management practices. The tool is available, free of charge, in English, German, and French. The authors encourage readers to apply the ECM success survey to their organizations and provide them with feedback for their ongoing research.