BPM Group Chief Analyst Terry Schurter Issues Call To Action on BPM Standards for Process Work

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The BPM Group today released a call to action on BPM Standards for Process Work from Chief Analyst Terry Schurter. The call to action describes Work in Process as "the Critical Emergent Issue in Process Architecture," going on to describe this issue as "the single greatest barrier (and therefore the single biggest opportunity) in customer success and process-centric software adoption (market wide)."

The BPM Group today released a CALL TO ACTION on BPM Standards for Process Work from Chief Analyst Terry Schurter.

The call to action describes Work in Process as "the Critical Emergent Issue in Process Architecture," going on to describe this issue as "the single greatest barrier (and therefore the single biggest opportunity) in customer success and process-centric software adoption (market wide)."

Processes reside within many applications. This creates a fundamental disconnect in the effort to create useful and manageable end-to-end business processes. It is clear that many organizations will rely on a variety of software products in the overall process-centric architecture for the foreseeable future. The technical "glue" underpinning this diversity is the Service Oriented Architecture (in one flavor or another).

However, SOA does not directly address useful implementation of end-to-end business processes in and of itself. Four primary activities must be addressed to achieve process-centricity in IT architecture.

1 – There must be the ability to weave processes and services into functioning end-to-end processes.

2 – There must be the ability to operate the end-to-end processes as composite entities.

3 – There must be the ability to manage the end-to-end processes as composite entities.

4 – There must be the ability to analyze the end-to-end processes as composite entities.

What is missing? A standard for the "work" that moves through these end-to-end processes.

What is needed is a common denominator that resolves this incongruity. That common denominator turns out to be process "work" -- or better -- it is the characteristics of the work itself as it moves through these various applications, processes, sub-processes and services.

In the report, Mr. Schurter details how these standards would effectively be an extension to existing Web Services standards, how they would support loose-coupled architectural goals, enable advanced business agility and flexibility all while remaining easy to use and expand -- even going so far as to discuss the reduction in the "gap" between business and technology users the standard would naturally produce.

"This is the single most critical factor regarding continued advancement of process architecture and overall process-centric product market growth," states BPM Group Chief Analyst Terry Schurter. "Without this critical set of standards in place, the vendors and products within the process-centric space will continue to pose debilitating issues of contradiction and confusion to end-users."

The report is available to public on the BPM Group web site at http://www.bpmg.org.

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