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Processes, Decisions, Rules

The business rules and decisions within a process and the business process itself are really two sides of the same coin. The combination of decision management and process management and the use of complementary technologies (BPMS and BRMS) allow business users to have more control of their business than either alone. Those working on business processes often forget this, to their peril. As explained in this article (reprinted with permission from BPTrends), if we want to describe processes so business managers can understand and improve them, we need to pay as much attention to rules and decisions as we do to processes. I wrote an article on how decisioning and business rules can complement and improve process management approaches that has also been published by BP Trends. And, as Ann Coming soon the next SAP BPM book “Applying Real-World BPM in an SAP Environment” recently, I am adding a couple of chapters on how business rules and decisioning can be used to improve the practice of BPM to the new book on BPM that will be coming from SAP Press this summer.

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