5 Things to Know about IBM BPM Design
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As a Business Process Management (BPM) architect, you always seek to design business process management solutions that deliver on the promise of business agility and business-centric visibility, among other things, while also ensuring that your design meets the preferred practices for IT architecture, security, and solution design. Often, this task can be daunting because your BPM solution must bridge the gap between business teams and information technology teams. In this post, we introduce five basic concepts for designing an effective business process management solution using IBM Business Process Manager (IBM BPM).
1. Architecture considerations
It is important to understand the practical considerations involved in high-level solution analysis and architecture of an IBM BPM solution. Considerations such as these:
2. Security considerations
BPM processes contain the very essence of a business, even including things such as competitive advantages and trade secrets. Despite this importance, and despite the fact that security breaches make embarrassing headlines, IBM repeatedly finds customers who consider their BPM projects secured simply because the BPM servers are hidden behind firewalls. So there are a number of specific items an architect must consider when planning how BPM will be integrated into an enterprise’s IT environment, including:
3. Solution design considerations
Implementation of business processes using a business process management software can be challenging and, at times, overwhelming. As a BPM architect, you should seek an understanding of the following items as you embark on the solution design phase, prior to implementing your business processes in IBM BPM:
4. Business-centric visibility
Business-centric visibility is one of the most important considerations for organizations looking to adopt business process management. Business-centric visibility, in the context of a business process, includes these factors:
In order to achieve any meaningful business-centric visibility, it is important to have access to both the business data and the process data. Business-centric visibility is achieved in IBM BPM using these capabilities:
5. Performance tuning and IT centric visibility
Performance tuning and IT-centric visibility are also key aspects of the IBM BPM design. In the context of these aspects, you need to keep in mind the following important tips:
In the upcoming IBM Redbooks publication Business Process Management Design Guide using IBM BPM, SG24-8282 the authors describe all of these important concepts in much more detail. If you are concerned about or directly involved in designing business process management solutions with IBM Business Process Manager, you owe it to yourself to take a close look at this new publication as soon as it becomes available later this year.
Nakul Bharade is a Senior Managing Consultant for IBM Software Group. He assists clients with requirements and strategies for developing and deploying business process management solutions. He helps customers in aligning information technology to support business process management strategies by identifying governance and strategy frameworks. Nakul’s current focus is on BPM methodologies, BPM and SOA governance, BPM performance, and tools that enable clients to define, assess, and deploy operational business processes. Nakul has a Masters degree in Computer Science and he is a candidate for Diploma in Strategy and Innovation Program at the University of Oxford.
J. Keith Wood is a Systems Architect and Security Team Lead in the IBM Business Process Manager services organization based in Austin, Texas. After 20+ years as a software developer and solutions architect, he now consults with business process management customers to promote more secured installations and environments. Before joining IBM, Keith consulted with a wide variety of clients in the financial services, telecommunications, and retail sectors.