In a continuing series evaluating the tools used by Business Process practioners, this article looks at Ascentn’s AgilePoint. Criteria for evaluation are ease of use, a short learning curve, and good collaboration features.
AgilePoint is a full-featured BPM suite. Ascentn distinguishes their market as one of “people and culture, not technology.” After looking into their products, I understand this to mean their focus is on the process practitioner.
If you are a corporate executive or business process manager interested in effecting positive change and gaining control of your company’s core business process in 2009, then this Business Roundtable is right for you.
In this dynamic session, Pallas Athena will show how Case Management approaches are changing how companies look at typical BPMS solutions. Case Management is not new but can have an immediate positive impact on your company, your employees and your financial bottom-line.
If the discipline of process management, improvement and optimization is so valuable, why is it not more pervasive in the fabric of companies? What might need to happen to make it so pervasive? One answer: Embed it everywhere and make it easy to obtain its value. Embedding BPM discipline and its enabling technology throughout a company results in the benefits of process management becoming accessible to everyone. Some form of process modeling, automation, monitoring and reporting can then be done by all employees rather than a select few “process experts”. Continuous process improvement is then supported through instinct, experience and observation rather than just through formal analysis. Process skills become more broadly internalized and practiced as a fundamental work habit. A critical partner in the objective of embedding BPM is the Independent Software Vendor.
BPMS Watch readers know I am a big fan of OMG's Business Process Modeling Notation (BPMN) 2.0, which has passed its first approval hurdle and is now in the Finalization Task Force stage. A major reason is that for the first time, BPMN has standardized the schema for XML interchange of process models.
Enterprise cannot thrive and compete without objective standard metrics measuring its performance. After all, if metrics are not objective, they are of no use at all. This statement sounds like an axiom. Not for everybody, though.
The power to abstract is fundamental to innovation. When ideas are scarce, a fresh viewpoint makes all the difference. Abstraction is also a hierarchical process, and that perfectly fits the needs of the innovator facing complex problems requiring system solutions. The Abstraction Ladder
Today’s business challenges are consistently increasing in number, frequency and complexity. Addressing these challenges requires a level of agility that has not been technologically attainable in the past. However, innovative approaches and technologies such as Service-Oriented Architecture and Decision Management are now enabling companies to better connect, organize, manage and enable their organizations.
Lean Six Sigma and business process management have much in common. Both methodologies use iterative improvement and design techniques to deliver financial and performance benefits through better managed and optimized processes. Download this free comprehensive 52 page IBM Redguide to:
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Business improvement disciplines today are generally looked at as competing with one another. This article takes a different position. It is our belief that each of the major disciplines, BPM, Lean, and Six Sigma, have weaknesses that the others fill and that together, they provide a change environment that delivers the full promise of each.