Archives for 2015

Management Contingencies

In December we have been running a mini-survey on the BPTrends website to determine the elements that readers think should be included in a rigorous analysis of a business process.  If you glance at the results you’ll see that most readers think most of the items we listed should be included, with one major exception. […]

What Constitutes a Business Process?

This month BPTrends launched a mini-survey to determine what readers think constitutes a business process.  So far we have only had 18 respondents, and we look forward to more.  Even with our initial response, however, its clear, that a few things are core and a couple of things are less likely to be included by […]

Harmon on BPM: Business Analysis and Business Process Management

At the recent Building Business Capabilities Conference the question of the differences between a Business Process Practitioner and a Business Analyst was frequently asked. In this month’s Column, Paul presents his view on their differences and similarities as well as their respective roles in process initiatives.

Business Architecture Essentials: Defining Your Architecture Scope—The Role of Value Chains

In the second Column in his Business Architecture Essentials series, Roger Burlton describes the types of value chains that exist in the various types of organizations. He asserts that this part of the architecture effort needs to happen early on, and offers useful tools for successfully defining an organization’s value chain.

Class Notes: Considering Context in Business Process Management: The BPM Context Framework

Jan vom Brocke and his colleagues, Theresa Schmiedel and Sarah Zelt at the University of Lichtenstein, stress the importance of context when considering BPM initiatives. In their research to determine factors that lead to successful BPM implementation, they identified the principle of context awareness as critical. In this Column, they present the BPM Context Framework to assist practitioners in identifying critical contextual factors.

Business Process Analysis

It’s Time For More Data: How Big Data is Changing Business Software

In this Article, Dennis Hung, a business consultant and writer, discusses the impact of big data on the way BPM software functions. He provides three examples of companies in which the marriage of big data and BPM promises to help organizations streamline and automate their business processes.

BPM and Lean: Playtime is Over—It’s Game On!

The central themes at this year’s BBC conference were Change and Agility, and Peter strongly believes that bringing together and bridging different disciplines and techniques is critical to effectively supporting change. However, his experience has informed him that such collaboration is seldom practiced in organizations. Read his analysis and the solution he’s found to be successful in bringing practitioners of different disciplines together.

December 2015

Dear BPTrends Member: Our December publication features reflections on the November BBC (Building Business Capabilities) Conference from both Paul Harmon and Peter Matthijssen—Paul on defining the similarities and differences in the roles of Business Process Practitioners and Business Analysts, and Peter on the need for greater collaboration among all process improvement practitioners. In Class Notes, […]

Process Solutions: Process Automation—Keeping What You’ve Got!

As both a technologist and process professional, Tom Bellinson often finds himself considering the cost/benefit ratio of acquiring new technologies. In this Column, he urges caution before replacing your existing ERP software with newer software solutions and details his reasons why.