Because business processes are often communicated in an ad hoc and unregulated manner, it can be difficult to standardize processes across organizations, particularly larger ones. TEC analyst PJ Jakovljevic takes you on a guided tour through workflow automation—or business process management (BPM)—and shows how these solutions can help ensure standardized adoption of processes, with highlights on several key BPM vendors.
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For example, the chief executive officer (CEO) might decide that as of, say, next month All customer service cases must be resolved within 24 to 48 hours, or, We are going to institute a new sales process for all deals worth over US$100,000. However, these business processes often get communicated to employees in an ad hoc and unregulated manner. A process document with instructions may exist on a network file share, but people have not the foggiest idea that it's there. And some employees might rely