Business activity should be done with a purpose in mind. While not every group in a company will have a direct impact on the bottom line, everything that each employee does will ideally contributes to a better financial result for the enterprise.
There are tremendous benefits that result from the correct mix of purpose, methodology, tools and practice. When the right players become focused in a collaborative way— and towards a common goal— the entire organization can move forward effectively. For this to happen, however, the people within the organization need to be equipped with the tools that will help them in their efforts. In this case, the right tools are the ones that best match their skill set and enable them to produce results.
In Part 1 of this blog series, we explained how business goals are formed and how plans are created to implement them. Two particular items were identified as key to BPM successfully moving an organization towards achieving its goals: 1) A process-oriented mindset, read more
Any organization that wants to be successful spends time carefully crafting its vision. Quite often, however, it defines that vision in terms that may be either unreachable (“to place our widgets in the hands of every executive in the United States”), too broad (“to be the best software company on the planet”), or just not reasonable (“to change the way the world ties its shoes”). Smart enterprises not only avoid getting caught into the trap of hazy mission statements, they also apply rigorous and intelligent thought to aligning their purpose with specific goals.
To see those goals come to fruition and deliver demonstrable results, they need to be supported with business processes that enable employees to achieve these goals.
Neither the company’s nor departmental visions need to be lofty. They do not require a lot of ‘fancy language’ to convey what they aspire to do. In fact, it is often the simplest of messages that most easily translates into action.
Capabilities that Can Dramatically Improve How You Work
Business Process Management (BPM) is used within organizations to address a variety of needs and requirements. And, as with any tool, reaching some short-term goals often takes precedent over utilizing all the capabilities available.
Our customers tell us that BPM can impact a broad set of their operations and provide insights not previously available. They tell us that BPM is a way to run a business—and that the streamlining their processes (the P in BPM) are what make them successful.
There are three factors within Process Director that help organizations to become more efficient at achieving their business goals:
Processes in the context of timelines
There is no point in initiating a process without having an end point that signifies completion or success. As surprising as it may seem, most process tools have been created to achieve workflow and task-orientation alone— and neglect to consider that tasks are meant to be delivered according to time frames. This is not only limiting to the business, but also prevents users from becoming smarter read more
Workflow is Changing how Government and Non-Profits Operate
Start-ups across the United States appear to be fat and happy as billions of dollars are poured into their accounts and astronomical valuations enable them to make acquisitions and pay hefty salaries. Yet while the economy is purring along with increasing vibrancy, there are still sectors that do not necessarily luxuriate in the spoils of a booming economy.
Government agencies and non-profit groups, on the other hand, frequently deal with shrinking budgets despite an increased demand for services. People want more, however resources are not always available to address their needs. And, although it can be a major factor, technology alone cannot do what is required. As a result organizations are seeking better ways to run their operations. Workflow and business process management (BPM) are being recognized by government entities and non-profits as providing a framework that facilitates sustainable change while contributing to significant cost savings and enhancing efficiency.
Most enterprises look to technology to solve issues of read more
Our Value Estimator: What Does Efficiency Look Like?
A ‘typical enterprise’ is tasked with many distinct activities that ultimately (and ideally) contribute to the bottom line. That is what drives the structure —and energy —of the business. Within the number of different functions that take place every day, most groups work on improving how they operate. They focus on increasing productivity and efficiency. They believe, as we do, that with greater efficiency comes greater insight, management— and, ultimately, business optimization.
Increasing efficiency is not a simple task. It is, however, achievable in organizations that have given serious thought to applying and improving their business processes, while leveraging investments in technology and infrastructure. With a focus on efficiency, and an appreciation for company culture, employees are free to be more productive — and expend fewer cycles on redundant tasks.