As business-related technologies, terminologies and philosophies change, one thing remains constant: Businesses depend on maintaining a consistent set of processes to keep things running. Cultivating success with both business process and business rules management requires simultaneously understanding how to use changing technology to improve management, while also adhering to fundamental tenants of BPM and BRM.
Changing computing and application technology has significantly affected the business world, and BPM has not escaped its grasp. This has certainly opened up challenges, especially when it comes to creating consistent processes and rules when departments become siloed around individual technologies. However, these evolving platforms also provide businesses new opportunities to apply BPM to areas of their business more quickly and effectively.
This guide has collected a number of BPM news pieces and advice from contributing experts that will help you understand how the world of BPM and BRM is changing, the challenges that must be overcome and how you can use emerging technology to forge a strong strategy that properly keeps critical processes and guidelines in place.
1This just in-
BPM news and developments
Business needs change fast, and the way organizations handle BPM changes along with it. That means there's always new developments, technologies and ideas around business processes and rules that affect how we should think about our management approaches. Here is a collection of BPM news covering issues such as the emergence of API strategies for BPM, how organizations are rethinking BPM and the priorities process managers have on the forefronts of their minds.
Today's mobile users expect anywhere, anytime access. But when it comes to mobile BPM apps, delivering this kind of access calls for architectural, user interface and workflow changes will be tough for many businesses to accomplish in 2016. Contributor George Lawton explains. Continue Reading
API gateways promise to streamline B2B integration, but enterprise architects need to address a number of challenges to make things work smoothly. Both emerging and established businesses are enabling partnerships by offering access to their B2B API services. Continue Reading
2BPM with a twist-
Ideas for novel BPM approaches
BPM software and tools are only getting more sophisticated, and today's developers and application managers are finding unique ways to use BPM practices and utilities to impact new parts of their business in big ways. Find out how forward-thinking organizations can and are implementing BPM in novel and sometimes surprising ways.
As enterprises move beyond email and start communicating via Facebook, LinkedIn and instant messaging, people are tasked with ensuring that these new channels are secure and compliant. George Lawton explores the best ways companies are weaving BPM into social media efforts to keep things in line. Continue Reading
As robots and robotic processes become more essential for businesses, it's only natural that management of these processes falls under the umbrella of BPM. George Lawton examines how organizations are modernizing existing infrastructure for BPM-based robotic process automation. Continue Reading
3Playing by the rules-
Business rules management and BRMS
A major part of BPM is the concept of creating "business rules" -- rules that define how processes work and assert control over essential processes. They are necessary, but not always easy to implement and keep intact. Some have turned to the use of a business rules management system with success, but others still find themselves left to manage it on their own. In this section, we look at the most critical considerations when thinking about business rules management, including how to choose the right management system, why consistency is critical and why these standards matter.
While business rules management can certainly help organizations, its misuse can lead to unfortunate consequences. Steve Weissman explains how a general misunderstanding of BRM in the enterprise creates frustrating inconsistency and how to re-establish a BRM standard. Continue Reading
Over the years, a number of business rules management standards have been created and used; however, not all of those standards apply anymore, and using the wrong ones can lead to poor decision management. George Lawton examines the limitations of outdated standards and looks at a new class of BRM standards that can help. Continue Reading
Business rules management is great, but it takes work, dedication and a little bit of technology. In this piece, George Lawton examines a number of ways enterprise users can optimize their implementation of BRM, including how to coordinate with BPM, how to balance business and IT needs and why looking to the cloud and beyond can help. Continue Reading
4It's tool time-
Examine your software options
Fixing BPM is like fixing a car: You don't just need the know-how; you also need the right tools for the job. Unfortunately it can be tough to tell exactly which tools can help and if they will benefit your efforts. In this section, we've compiled articles that look at some of the various BPM tools and utilities organizations are putting to use. Learn more about the newest generation of tools that are enabling new levels of management and find tips for putting them to good use.
BPM suites promised to make the management process easier -- but led to some letdowns. However, experts claim a new generation of Agile BPM tools will bring the same benefits to business process improvement with less complication. George Lawton investigates. Continue Reading
Business process tools are getting more attention, but confusion around the different nuances of BPM, business process as a service and intelligent BPM plagues both IT and executives. Here, George Lawton explains the difference between all these tools and where they make the most sense to use. Continue Reading
5Putting it together-
A quiz on BPM practices
Think you have a good understanding of how today's technology plays into the establishment of BPM? The quiz below will test your understanding of the increasingly intricate relationship between technology and BPM -- and what that means for your business.Take This Quiz