Portals Mag writes:
In many ways, organizations are just beginning to confront the most fundamental inefficiencies that stretch horizontally across their own ecosystems and those of their partners. We have lately looked at how enterprises are just crossing gaps between execution and planning in the supply chain; reacting better to exceptions in demand and supply; and responding by use of historical intelligence and more current information now being sensed in enterprise systems.
In every case, enterprises are trying to break down the walls between applications, lines of business, departments and individuals. They are looking to create more continuous business processes that transcend these artificial boundaries This is of huge importance because business process automation really helps enable the future everyone talks about: the true engagement of business operations with information technology.
By some accounts you could call 2004 the year of business process, or at least a noble waypoint on a journey…This is also true because 2004 is also a big year for the service-oriented architecture (SOA), which can help explain the technology side of the process issue…The requirements for business process management (BPM) span business and technology, and need both organizational and technical competence.
The business processes companies are building and refining today did not fall from the sky. They are aged lessons that began with heavy industry, when huge capital investments were first painstakingly optimized piece by piece to utilize capacity for the production of ever more varied goods in greater quantities. It is a story that has grown in scale and scope, with lean and just-in-time updates, but remains a straightforward discussion about how people work together. This is what makes business process management so interesting, because it is a simple concept but one that is cutting edge in its execution.