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Using taxonomy to guide Business Process Management (BPM) investment

  1. Are you struggling to understand the vast array of BPM technologies available today?
  2. How do you position BPM from a business value perspective? 
  3. Are you considering investment in BPMS (Business Process Management Suites)?

The word BPM has been used before in various contexts of business and IT driven initiatives. There are vast arrays of technology products available to support different stages of BPM. For example some products are positioned to do business process analysis to cater to business analysts. In the other case, some products are meant to explain the detail technology working for technical staff.  In many other areas different technologies can overlap in serving the same objective. Using taxonomy can help to quickly categorize and assist in comparing the most appropriate business process management-related technology. The goal of such taxonomy is to define the categories and explain these categories in order to reduce confusion and speed understanding. In the recently published paper BPM Technology Taxonomy:  A Guided Tour to the Application of BPM by Dan Woods from Evolved Technologist provides such a guide and is intended to spark a discussion on this topic.  He proposes that anyone can ask a few questions and get answers that will make clear the purpose of any BPM technology being evaluated. He positions BPM as filling the space between the wide open, unstructured world of collaboration and the precise transaction processing of enterprise applications


Download the paper and share your views in the Using taxonomy to guide BPM investment . Has the paper succeeded in providing you with a simple map to guide BPM investment decisions or has it added to the confusion?



Mandar Nagle SAP Technology Architect, Accenture

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