Business Process Management: BPM is a core discipline for business success that leverages IT and services to provide control governance into your organization. Map, discover, document, automate, integrate and continuously improve business processes to increase efficiency and reduce cost. With BPM you must be focused on delivering business value. Take an incremental approach that allows you to quickly prove value with a single project, build competency and skills, and extend across the enterprise. Business process management delivers significant tangible benefits and is here to stay
Business Process Modeling Notation™ (BPMN™) is the language that business people use to model business process. Built around a core designed for business management, the language extends to a complete version capable of building models that translate into integrated applications automatically and unambiguously.
Business Process Automation: is the orchestration and integration of services, systems and information to create uniform, streamlined, and repeatable business processes. It implies receiving a formal description of business processes (hopefully in BPMN) and provides the required infrastructure to execute the processes. This requires a software factory that models, integrate, execute and monitor processes execution.
Business Process Integration: is the effort of linking process activities to backend systems via a proper SOA or EAI infrastructure.
Business Activity Monitor: is a solution that provides real-time tracking of business process execution, including the tracking of business events, operational activities, and business situations. The business events that drive business activities can be sent by a set of applications and technologies. The collected event information is available in the form of dashboards. The BAM is useful when associated to SLA and KPI monitoring for identification of bottlenecks, critical nodes.
Enterprise Architecture and Governance: Over the years, IT has accumulated many types of architectural domains and corresponding architecture disciplines to address each domain, e.g., IT has application architecture, infrastructure architecture, security architecture, information architecture and more. Enterprise architecture has been broadly defined to encompass all of these architectural domains. Depending on which expert you ask, the area of enterprise architecture may include, use or overlap with the newest architecture discipline: business architecture.
Successful enterprise architecture practices must give equal emphasis to technology and business concerns. To reap the benefits of business architecture – business visibility and agility – the business architecture must reflect the entire business design, from the point of view of business designers and owners, rather than IT solution delivery. This point of view begins with business motivations, includes key business execution elements – such as operating model, capabilities, value chains, processes, and organizational models – and transcends information technology representations, such as business services, rules, events and information models.
Model Driven Architecture (MDA®) provides a non-proprietary and open approach to address business and technology changes. It represents a natural evolution to the history of software engineering, which appeals to a strong and formal separation between functional models (what the system has to do) and technology models (how to use technologies). It allows the creation of assets from models that can be reused across functional domain or platform technology. The BPM/SOA Consortium is an advocacy group comprised of practitioners, service providers and technology vendors dedicated to promoting the business value, and enabling the successful adoption, of Business Process Management (BPM) and Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) by the Global 1000, major government agencies and mid-market businesses.