Business Process Management (BPM), one of the fastest growing software markets, offers effective organisational software solutions for improving business processes, increasing efficiency, and complying with regulation. Like all new technologies, there are sometimes confusion and misconceptions regarding business process management. Here are 5 myths and misconceptions about BPM’
Myth #1 - BPM is workflow
Wrong. Although BPM started out as a workflow engine methodology for running business processes - it has now evolved into a full life-cycle that includes modelling, process execution, process monitoring and reporting, process simulation and process optimisation. Today, every BPM tool must include modelling, execution, monitoring and optimisation capabilities.
Myth #2 - BPM is only for complex processes
Wrong. Some of the most important organisational business processes are short and simple processes (example: credit approval, document approval..) BPM brings significant impact by enabling managers to make quicker, better and more-informed decisions. BPM enables business stakeholders to have more visibility over their business processes and foresee future problems using trend analysis, improve organisational efficiency, minimize risks, enforce organisational policies and reduce internal process complexity.
Myth #3 - BPM is only for programmers
Wrong. The better BPM tools do not need programmers or the IT department to create workflows. These tool are rule-based enabling business users to create workflows by themselves (drag n'drop). This enables business users to create their own workflows based on real business needs. IT is only involved in integrating into external systems, and even they will be rule based instead of coding.
Myth #4 - BPM is expensive
Wrong. BPM tools no longer require large investments in infrastructure. All you need is a Windows 2003 server and a SQL server 2005 database installed. BPM software is usually priced per user, per company or per process. BPM software can also be "rented" thus saving money on maintenance and IT staff. BPM enables organisations to cut costs and reduce the number of employees (or enable them to work more efficiently) by automating their business processes.
Myth #5 - BPM projects are long term projects
Wrong. Most BPM projects go live in less than 45 days. By using the web-based and workflow designers (instead of programming tools like Visual Studio) organisations get processes up and running fast. Designing the workflow takes up to a week. Creating the workflow takes up to two weeks. Deployment and final touches take an extra few days. The hardest part of the BPM project is actually getting all the requirements (to prevent re-work) and ensuring that they solve the business pain.
Aquima is a rule based business process management (BPM) suite for automating dynamic applications and processes.
With Aquima, applications are modelled rather than programmed, allowing business specialists to actively participate in the design and development of applications. By reducing the traditional “business / IT” gap, organisations can use Aquima to gain competitive advantage by automating processes that change frequently. Aquima facilitates agile application development, which in turn allows systems to be quickly modified and adapted to changing market conditions. Your business, your rules.
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