Business Process Management (BPM)

Business.com / Strategy / Last Modified: February 22, 2017

Business process management (BPM) can be a confusing arena, but the gist of it is an effort to map, streamline and evaluate any process ...

Business process management (BPM) can be a confusing arena, but the gist of it is an effort to map, streamline and evaluate any process — whether production, shipping, compliance or planning — so your company operates as efficiently as possible. These three steps will get you on the road to implementing BPM:

  1. Determine whether you want part or all of your business simplified.
  2. Choose a professional or do-it-yourself method.
  3. Execute and manage the program.

Learn all that BPM can do

On your way to better efficiency and cost savings, you can choose to reduce time, steps, errors or employees — or a combination of these things.

Consider a consultant

With so many aspects of a business to coordinate, it often helps to have a specialist walk you through the steps.

Go with ready-made management

A Web-based program for your business category can be adjusted to your company's needs. Some programs are focused on just one element; others are more encompassing.

Involve your IT department

For BPM to work well — especially when software is involved — you'll want your IT people to be able to integrate and optimize it with the rest of your company's technological applications.

Tap into a BPM network

Keep up to date on BPM developments and get help when you need it with solid contacts in the industry.
  • Some experts believe that when it comes to software, the faster the system speed, the better.
  • Choose software compatible with your existing databases and those you expect to add.
  • Avoid using different BPMs for different parts of your company. Aim for company-wide cohesiveness.
  • As you add BPM, realize that you may need to designate or add employees to monitor and manage it.

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