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Agile BPM Readiness Assessment

April 19, 2011 2 comments

In today’s hyper-competitive business environment, Agile BPM can transform you organization by improving operational efficiencies, creating new business opportunities, and providing real-time insight into your business performance.  Business Agility. Delivered.Traditional BPM solutions have focused primarily on automating long-running, routine and seldom-changing processes.  Today, routine automation is no longer enough.

Enterprises can achieve unsurpassed business responsiveness and success by taking the full advantage of Agile BPM.   But, how do you ensure that you’ll have the capabilities you need to respond to your ever-changing business dynamics?  While helping our customers answer this very challenge, we compiled a list of questions to serve as a Readiness Assessment checklist to help evaluate the agility of BPM solutions.

Agile Readiness Assessment

Here are a few sample questions that we found helpful to ask when evaluating Agile BPM solution:

  • Can you support all forms of work: from routine, repeated processes to collaborative and dynamic processes involving collaboration and teamwork? Read more…

Adapting to a Changing Regulatory Environment through BPM: The EPCOR Success Story

February 25, 2011 Leave a comment

Webcast:  March 8, 2011

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As we move quickly through the first quarter of 2011, companies are bracing for an onslaught of regulatory mandates. Pressure to comply with new regulations efficiently and cost-effectively is mounting steadily. But how do you manage change, ensure compliance, and drive business growth in this challenging economic climate?

Join us for a live webcast to learn how Business Process Management (BPM) can help you meet compliance challenges in a continuously evolving regulatory landscape. Attendees will learn firsthand why meeting compliance mandates requires greater agility, with increased visibility and control over processes.

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Great Introduction to Agile BPM

September 22, 2010 Leave a comment

In a recent article, David Roe provides a great introduction to Agile BPM.  It should be mentioned that the article refers to some of the materials from a recent webinar sponsored by Fujitsu and presented by Sandy Kemsley and Fujitsu’s Keith Swenson.   In his article,  David outlines what is Agile BPM, identifies key trends that drive its adoption in the enterprise, and makes the case for Agile BPM that combines traditional BPM, Social and Agile BPM.  He concludes with the following assertion:

While still there’s much work to be done to combine BPM and Agile BPM across the enterprise at least the value of doing so is becoming increasing clear.

Using both, enterprises can expect to achieve more efficient processes that take less process development time and with the social element the ability to gather all the available information from the workforce to create the most effective processes possible. Read more…

Dancing with Elephants — Making Your Business Processes Agile

September 7, 2010 1 comment

Learn how Agile BPM allows you to get results by striking the right balance between structure and flexibility in processes and how Fujitsu’s Agile BPM solution can help you to achieve that goal.

Join Sandy Kemsley and Fujitsu’s  Keith Swenson for a Webinar on Sept 9th at 11am PT.

Topics covered include:

  • Why the need for Agile BPM Platforms? What are the benefits?
  • How is it different from traditional BPM?
  • How do companies use Agile BPM Platform? Where is the fit?
  • How can Agile BPM be effective in response to change in your business?

All registrants will also receive a complementary white paper on tips and best practices for implementing Agile BPM in your organization.

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Next Generation of BPM – Agile BPM

August 23, 2010 Leave a comment

Interstage BPM from Fujitsu is delivering benefits of the next generation of BPM — Agile BPM.  Traditional BPM solutions helped automate fixed, repetitive processes leading to improved efficiency and cost effectiveness.  Today, customers are asking for different kind of BPM solution.  They need to go beyond the system integration and fixed process automation that are synonymous with the traditional BPM.  Our Agile BPM delivers the next generation capabilities by addressing requirements for continuous process optimization, collaborative process workflows to support team-based initiatives, and to extend business processes beyond the enterprise.

Continuous Process Optimization

Lack of agility is a core challenge that lies at the heart of process automation which puts process automation initiative out of synch with the dynamically changing business conditions.  As the business and its practices and requirements naturally evolve, there exists a critical need for continuous process visibility and analysis.  Visualization existing business processes is a challenge for most organizations.  Industry research estimates that 40% of BPM implementation effort is spent on process discovery.  This is still a manual and time-intensive undertaking for most companies.  The result is that most organizations that automated business process do not perform continuous visualization, analysis, and optimization of the processes, and lack agility to respond to changing business needs.

Automated Process Discovery (APD) from Fujitsu is an advanced process discovery capability that performs off-production analysis of existing business applications to discover and visualize existing business process workflow.  With system-based evidence of the true “as-is” state of existing processes, IT and business managers can collaboratively identify which business processes need improvement.  Armed with actionable process insight, processes can be optimized and automated with Interstage BPM.   APD helps identify critical business process intersections and stages that effect business performance.   Once identified, Interstage BPM is used to monitor process performance to deliver real-time business intelligence for continuous process improvement and optimization.

Collaborative and Social

BPM solutions have been successful in automating routine, structured business processes, but not all work is routine and not all business processes are structured and predictable. Knowledge-based and collaborative work represents the most valuable and differentiated work performed in an organization. But it’s not immune from inefficiency.  The challenge has been to provide system automation to track, monitor, and manage work processes that cannot be modeled in advance.

Interstage BPM provides capabilities to address collaborative, unstructured and dynamic business processes to facilitate knowledge work.  Process participants can easily veer form previously defined structured processes to respond to business change by dynamically extending business process or creating new processes from scratch.  As a result, business team members participate together in defining processes based on actual work.  One example of this is Adaptive Case Management, which is a commonly occurring work pattern in merger and acquisition, financial portfolio management, and customer exception handling scenarios.

With social interaction figuring ever more prominently in today’s work environment, Agile BPM capabilities of Interstage include social, collaborative features for decentralized communication and immediate information exchange to keep work participants current and in possession of all facts to carry out process-based work initiatives. Product’s collaborative workplace is a dynamic, Web-based community framework for collaboration enabling organizations to work together more effectively by sharing information, capturing and preserving knowledge, communicating, and managing collaborative processes and projects.  Process knowledge can be shared and refined, and work gets done more quickly and effectively.

Extending Enterprise Ecosystem

Today’s business processes are not exclusively confined to one organization. They span corporate boundaries to connect multiple, different audiences including customers, suppliers, partners, and other parties. These extended corporate ecosystems share business processes and workflows that cross individual company and organizational boundaries.

Interstage BPM is the ideal solution for linking process participants across these boundaries.  Available via the Cloud, it can be rapidly and cost-effectively deployed to all process participants via the Web. Users reduce capital costs, design and run processes from anywhere, and extend global reach for agile process management and business performance

Next Steps

Next generation Agile BPM from Fujitsu is built to address all of the requirements for managing work in today’s enterprise — from streamlining routine, repeatable business processes to managing dynamically evolving business cases involving teamwork, collaboration, and real-time judgment across and among diverse set of process participants.

To learn more, please visit Interstage BPM site or download the white paper, “Fujitsu Interstage Process Manager – Creating Agile BPM”.

11 Questions on Social BPM

June 23, 2010 Leave a comment

I gave a short presentation today with Clay Richardson on the subject of Social BPM. We got a lot of good questions, and no time to answer them. I thought I would attempt to answer them here.

To understand the context, you might want to access the recorded talk, which is available on the ebizQ web site (you have to register and then navigate to Clay’s keynote).  Read more…