5 Things To Know About IBM Business Process Manager
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IBM Business Process Manager is, as its name implies, a Business Process Management (BPM) platform. It allows you to to choreograph processes and the process steps across disparate applications, people, and systems.
Business Process Manager consists of a number of components including a Process Server environment to run processes, and a Process Designer graphical modeling tool to create processes. All combined Business Process Manager allows IT to enable business users and managers to track their entire business operation on a single dashboard.
Here are 5 things to know about Business Process Manager:
1. BPM goes back to the industrial revolution
The basic principals of business process management — that a process can be broken into distinct operations, with each operation performed by a role — was famously documented in the 18th century by Scottish moral philosopher Adam Smith. Smith described the production of a pin, breaking down the tasks to make a pin head into eighteen distinct operations. These days business leaders have embraced an enhanced version of this concept because they need help to manage the interactions between systems and humans. That's where Business Process Manager comes in.
2. There are multiple editions
Business Process Manager comes in three editions: Express, Standard, and Advanced. Each edition maps to phases of BPM adoption. Express is for those in a Project phase (a first BPM project). Standard is for those in a Program phase (multi-project programs). Advanced is for those in a Transformation stage (compete, enterprise-wide, service integration and orchestration).
3. You can use it on your smartphone
There's a mobile app for the iPhone and iPad that allows you to drive processes running in Business Process Manager. You can launch new processes, view and complete tasks, and attach photos taken from your phone. The app simply requires access to an IBM Business Process Manager server (on premise, or on the IBM SmartCloud Enterprise) or access to an existing IBM Blueworks Live account.
4. There's a link with NFL coach Vince Lombardi
The origins of Business Process Manager go back to a company IBM acquired called Lombardi Software. The name was taken in honor of the legendary NFL football coach Vince Lombardi (who the Super Bowl trophy is named after). To this day, human tasks are called “coaches” as they coach untrained users through their tasks.
5. It's a leader in the Gartner Magic Quadrant
Business Process Manager helped IBM place in the coverted “Leaders” segment in the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Intelligent Business Process Management Suites. Gartner praised Business Process Manager for delivering “one of the most integrated design, simulation, analysis and testing experiences available in the market.”
Find out more about IBM Business Process Manager in the IBM Redbooks Solution Guide Business Process Management with IBM Business Process Manager and the IBM Redbooks publication Scaling BPM Adoption: From Project to Program with IBM Business Process Manager.
Martin Keen is an IBM Redbooks Project Leader. He works with technical experts to create books, guides, blogs, and videos. Follow @MartinRTP on Twitter.