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BPM trends that should not be missed in 2014

Business process management - BPM for short - is not only on the 2013 corporate agenda for 70 percent of DACH companies, but is also considered a crucial success factor for ensuring agility, productivity and efficiency in the company. I would like to show you below what contribution BPM can make to your company and which trends you should consider on your 2014 agenda.
Bertram Geck, MID
3 October 2013
This text has been automatically translated from German to English.

Trend 1: User Experience

Speed is a relevant success factor today.

BPM helps companies improve access to Knowledge to master and thus become faster.

If one uses models to access company knowledge consisting of graphical and textual content, this demonstrably delivers higher efficiency.

This so-called ubiquitous modeling requires the highest demands on Ease of use and an intelligent user experience. This creates new models of interaction with the User required.

Under the premise that modeling software can meet the requirements of usability and simplicity to the highest degree, modeling becomes a unique User Experience for the User.

Companies will need ubiquitous modeling for knowledge management in the future: from ad-hoc modeling without notation skills to specialized modeling with custom notations.

The tools used must understand each other as a matter of course and provide seamless Communication with each other.

Trend 2: Mobility

I consider mobility to be the theme of the year 2014: mobility, change and adaptability are becoming indispensable for companies.

The disruptive Trend generates new business models and must be supported by business process Management be taken up.

BPM helps create new business models or optimize existing business processes for mobile Applications. Of course, BPM tools can also become mobile.

Already today wear Cloud-based BPM solutions for mobile modeling. In addition, mobile modeling solutions exist which, by intelligently focusing on functions for mobile devices, enable rapid Process modeling enable

Here you should make sure that the models created with a particular tool can be further used with other tools.

Trend 3: Big Process

Many companies are constantly experiencing enterprise-wide business transformation.

The art of modern BPM ecosystems now consists of not only managing and controlling heterogeneous enterprise landscapes, but also of using the Knowledge consolidate, link, and make available across the enterprise.

Enterprise landscapes consist of business processes, software architectures, data structures and IT.

Companies must be able to link terms such as "Internet of Things" or "Industry 4.0" with "collaboration" and take them up strategically. On the one hand, this means coupling the increased networking of individual physical objects and the shift toward decentralized production processes in global processes.

On the other hand, users and customers should be integrated into the business process. Management be involved and work together.

So include "Big Process" in your decisions and think less in terms of Applicationsbut more in cross-business processes.

Trend 4: Collaboration

Corporate models are not created in the ivory tower, but by the entire organization. Cross-organizational processes require good Communication and cooperation.

Sustainable BPM must therefore take place in a team and various tools should support this.

Interactions, notifications, and involvement of team structures that go beyond modeling are becoming increasingly important.

Trend 5: BusinessIT Alignment

The cooperation between departments and IT-The integration of the different departments is a decisive lever for increasing the performance of the innovation capability.

However, around 60 percent of companies feel that the information between Department and IT as inconsistent.

Business-IT Alignment should accordingly be specifically promoted. Central Process modeling can help in this regard and Communication between Department and IT facilitated by a uniform process language.

Requirements can be conveniently entered by both sides, and the transfer of know-how is thus driven forward.

Departments have different requirements for the complexity of the common language. For the smooth Communication of users in the Department and the SAP-A common understanding is indispensable for the provision of support.

Therefore, a modeling tool should be able to be operated with notation skills.

Trend 6: Integrity of BPM solutions

The majority of companies use BPM systems for technical support and as a sub-function of other enterprise applications such as SAP ERP, CRM and DMS. An obstacle to the acquisition of a stand-alone BPM suite is usually the integration into the existing IT-landscape.

What often goes unrecognized is that BPM can create a unified user interface that can replace the heterogeneous SAP- and Non-SAP-The tool landscape of the companies can be clearly mapped and thus complex IT-landscapes can simplify.

It is important to select a tool that can be integrated in order to be able to represent and model processes consistently. Besides the heterogeneous IT-landscape, there is also a heterogeneous BPM landscape.

The future lies in the seamless interaction of solutions. The Knowledge of the organization is stored in the models and is a valuable asset.

The ability to link these knowledge fragments is crucial to the success of a company.

Trend 7: Big Data requires BPM

Faster data access enables new business models and requires new synchronization and coordination workflows within access processes.

This means that on the one hand the Inventory data transferred to the new world and, on the other hand, new business processes are modeled. This field becomes easier and more sustainable with BPM by linking process and data models.

Process reengineering will be indispensable in the future, especially against the backdrop of a continuously growing volume of data.


Integrate these BPMTrends in your 2014 agenda and align your future plans accordingly.

By making an informed choice of the right modeling tool and an optimized approach to BPM, you will achieve process excellence.

At MID Insight 2013 in Nuremberg, you can learn more in eight parallel tracks. Trends to BPM.

Also join me for a discussion on SAP, SOA, Big Data, Business Intelligence, Enterprise Architecture Management, Cloud, Mobility and much more.

Bertram Geck, MID

Bertram Geck is an IT professional at the IT system house of the Federal Employment Agency.

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