December 2014

  • Defining Processes in an Organization

    The world used to be a lot simpler.  In the early Nineties, most organizations were caught up in Business Process Reengineering (BPR) and were focused on defining their major value chains and then reengineering them.  In most cases, once a process was reengineered — turned from a cow path into a superhighway — IT prepared…

  • Uptake of Case Management

    Case management (or Adaptive Case Management or iCase, or dynamic processes) has been hot throughout most of 2014 — at least its been talked about and featured in lots of conference discussions.  Some tool vendors claim to support Case Management with BPMS features or modules and the OMG is readying a new Case Management notation,…

  • Who Needs a Business Architecture?

    I was reading an article on Business Architecture recently, thinking how off base it was, when I thought to step back and ask a broader question:  Who was the author of this article targeting? Who did he or she think would use the kind of business architecture that was being proposed? I suppose to be…

  • Agile and BPM

    I’ve noticed that a number of people have begun to suggest that BPM should employ an Agile approach.  As always, in situations like this, one wonders if those saying such things actually have any idea about what an Agile approach might amount to. Let’s start with a quick history of the agile programming movement.  The…

  • Process Solutions: Software Development—The Product Owner

    In this installment of his software development series, Tom Bellinson discusses a category of agile development called Scrum. Using this technique, a Development Team sets out to create a functional product early on rather than writing a large design document. The Product Owner plays a critical role in the success of a Scrum project, and,…

  • Business Architecture: Critical Thinking in Business Architecture

    In his Column this month, Mike Rosen draws a parallel between critical thinking skills and the tasks of the business architect. He presents the skills required for critical thinking, examines them in the context of business architecture, and ends by defining the characteristics of a critical thinking architect.

  • Business Rule Solutions: What We’re Learning from Decision Engineering—Part I

    White-collar workers make operational business decisions day-in and day-out. Many people think of such work as a matter of art, not engineering. They’re being proven wrong. Learn about the latest developments in business rule and decision engineering in Part I of this two-part Q & A with Ron Ross.

  • Extreme Competition: The Fourth Industrial Revolution

    Peter Fingar contends that the fourth industrial revolution is upon us, a revolution that promises to have an enormous effect on manufacturing innovation including “smart devices” that can take control of machines on the shop floor by communicating autonomously. Peter explores the impact this revolution might have on manufacturing operations management processes.

  • Cloud BPM Software Requirements

    Adeel Javed believes that migration to the cloud is a question of when , not if. In this Article, he focuses on requirements of a cloud BPMS that organizations should look for when they decide to migrate to the cloud.