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Unformatted text preview: 26 I N F O W O R L D . C O M 0 2 . 2 0 . 0 6 I N F O W O R L D . C O M 0 2 . 2 0 . 0 6 27 T he benefits claimed by BPM (business process management) software sound almost too good to be true. Proponents crow about lower app dev costs, shorter time to market, improved compliance enforcement, and new points of leverage for optimizing business performance. BPM software cant improve anything by itself, of course but it can be a powerful weapon when combined with business-oriented documentation and analysis. Within its own controlled, high-level app dev environment, BPM wraps IT solution development within business-driven modeling and performance measurement. At the least, BPM provides an effective new medium through which the business side can com- municate its requirements to IT. At best, it can distill functionality from existing applications and free business logic from the bonds of existing infrastructure to enable unprecedented agility. One persistent problem for potential adopters, however, has been abject confusion. BPM solu- tions come in so many varieties that only a handful of consultants seem to know which solution is best for the task at hand. Today, clarity is emerging in the form of the BPM suite, an integrated set of tools and runtime components designed to create software analogs of business processes. Together, these elements allow customers to model, deploy, and monitor BPM systems without having to staple together bits and pieces of technology from different vendors. Properly utilized, BPM suites account for the fact that the internals of elemental process ac- tivities particularly those implemented by existing business systems may be difficult to With a BPM system, you can detach business logic from infrastructure to create useful applications more quickly than ever before B Y B R U C E S I L V E R | I L L U S T R A T I O N B Y K A T E M c K E O N Sketching Out BPM BUSINESS PROCESS MANAGEMENT 28 I N F O W O R L D . C O M 0 2 . 2 0 . 0 6 modify. Instead, BPM suites enable IT to optimize business performance by changing the process logic that interconnects them. Process design in a BPM suite is akin to a flowchart, annotated with the necessary imple- mentation detail. It requires little code, and the process logic is easily changed, qualifying BPM as a style of agile application development. The Basic BPM Flow BPM begins with process modeling, a business-driven exercise in which cur- rent and proposed process flows are documented in detail, linked to quan- tifiable performance metrics, and opti- mized through simulation analysis. These optimized models automat- ically generate the skeleton of the IT implementation in a BPM suites process designer, a graphical devel- opment tool that integrates human workflow, application integration, and business rules to create an exe- cutable process solution. Completed process designs are then deployed to the process engine and other com- ponents of the BPM suite runtime, where they route and track tasks,...
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