As technology becomes increasingly important to business operations, IT can't stand on the outskirts of the business looking in. For ECM deployments to be successful, IT must find ways to work side by side with the business -- or even as part of the business -- and use technology to adapt to rapid changes in business needs.
Adopting a business process management strategy and using BPM tools can help streamline processes, reduce human error, and develop greater integration between systems like SharePoint and the workflows of the people who use them. While SharePoint isn't designed to be an enterprise-scale BPM system, this common platform can offer some BPM benefits, especially from a workflow management standpoint.
This guide explores some of the latest trends in BPM strategy and software and takes a look at how SharePoint can fit into the bigger BPM picture.
Using SharePoint as a business process management tool
SharePoint may not be designed to handle the broad range of processes that other BPM-focused tools are intended for, but certain SharePoint features can introduce BPM benefits, with more automation and better workflow management that can become an integral part of a BPM strategy.
SharePoint BPM may not be as powerful as other BPM platforms, but it could be an easier, lower cost BPM option for companies that already have SharePoint deployment. Continue Reading
Find out how to install the SharePoint 2013 Workflow Platform, which provides new features such as drag-and-drop workflow development. Continue Reading
Companies upgrading to a new version of SharePoint may want to look at the migration as a chance to break bad process habits, introduce some automation and encourage new levels of productivity. Continue Reading
SharePoint 2013 records management can help organizations meet compliance requirements without slowing down productivity in large, increasingly complex SharePoint environments. Continue Reading
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Companies must treat ECM systems as more than content repositories. They can start by using their systems' automation and management features to streamline processes and make information governance a natural, efficient part of employees' daily tasks.
To be worth the investment, ECM systems can't just store content. ECM workflows should become part of an enterprise's business processes by both mirroring them and improving them. Continue Reading
At a company whose processes generated thousands of documents, Oracle's document management system was key, not just in organizing the information but in making business processes more efficient. Continue Reading
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The changing role of BPM
BPM was born of enterprises' need to save costs through streamlining, but companies also are finding ways to modernize their processes and achieve better results using BPM tools. Developments in social BPM, data-driven business intelligence and open source BPM allow enterprises to shake up and customize the way they do business.
While the traditional goal of BPM has been to streamline processes in order to save money, some companies are now using BPM as a way to gather real-time workflow-related data and improve the way they do business. Continue Reading
At a renewable energy company that ran into problems when tracking issues with wind turbines, a social-media-based BPM tool introduced some much needed simplicity and flexibility. Continue Reading
The latest open source BPM tools may offer enterprise benefits. Continue Reading
Terms related to business process management
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