The BPM Buzzword Bonanza
We need your help to get to the meat
Reg Technology Panel One of the rapidly evolving solution areas in the IT industry is what vendors and analysts refer to as 'Business Process Management', or BPM for short. The premise behind BPM is that operational processes in many organisations cut across departmental and system boundaries, are based on a lot of manual processing, and often don’t work that well because of the resulting fragmentation and inconsistency.
The argument is that with the right management approach and the right blend of technologies, ranging from modelling tools through workflow engines to monitoring and measurement capability, you can get your processes humming more efficiently and effectively, thus creating an environment in which change can be implemented smoothly and rapidly, and generally ending up with happiness and harmony across the organisation. Easy!
Along the way, though, you might have to wade through some buzzword soup and figure out what vendors mean by 'orchestration', 'choreography', 'simulation', etc. and make sure you don't look silly by such faux pas as confusing process 'mapping' with 'modelling'.
When you cut through all the specialist language and fancy principles, however, a lot of the ideas are pretty straightforward and you may even have adopted elements of BPM already without realising or indeed caring that such clever terminology exists.
So whether you're an expert in this area, just getting up to speed, or simply wondering what all the fuss is about, we would be interested in gathering your views and experiences through our latest Reg Technology Panel Survey. Click here to get started. ®
TLAs are like, soooo 20th C...
Will all BPM technicians please raise their hands. OK, will all ISO9000 technicians raise their hands. OH!, no hands. How can BPM be a technology without technicians? I only mentioned ISO9000 because it is much the same as BPM, with the exception that it has the support of a large standards organisation rather than a bunch of money grabbing TLA generators.
If we haven't already, I am sure we will soon have BPM Engineers. Now, they will never actually build anything, will have to use design tools built by others and will be unable to fix the washing machine, but they will call themselves engineers.
My last comment was:
When you are up to your arse in alligators it is difficult to focus on the objective of draining the swamp.
This I think is the situation for most SMALL and medium enterprises.