How do you define a BPM ?
A BPM is an IT tool allowing to model, automate and optimize processes, and create business applications.
A BPM’s many features
- Formalization, improvement and simplification of existing processes
- Creation of new processes
- Creation of business applications
- Task automation
- Analysis of processes and applications
Benefits of a BPM integrated to the ERP
BPMs are more and more frequently integrated to ERP, to make them more flexible and agile.
By enabling to create business applications without any code line, and to graphically model processes with a simple drag&drop, the BPM prevents the need for custom developments usually necessary to the evolution of a traditional ERP.
The ERP thus becomes more agile and flexible, thanks to the BPM, as it is able to evolve alongside the company.
A BPM also makes optimizing management processes easier, by automating them and integrating reporting tools for an accurate monitoring of the use of the created applications, and of the company processes’ viability.
The BPM also provides usage statistics on how the business processes and applications are used. Therefore, the ERP can easily adjust to its users’ needs, and business processes can be optimized to make the company more productive.
A study by Gartner (Liberate your Business Processes from your ERP with BPM for Agility, May 2013, Janelle Hill, Derek Prior) predicts a productivity gain of up to 40% when the ERP is combined with a BPM.