Thursday, March 26, 2009

BPM OCEB Training - Effective Process Discovery

Technology is indeed the type of thing that needs to be used properly in order for it to be effective. BPM software, coupled with work flow software has revolutionized all levels of business. Being able to visualize business processes and add automation to them has led to further optimization and efficiency.

The need to use BPM software properly requires that your as-is processes are documented properly. Only once this Process Discovery phase has been completed can you design and implement to-be processes that reflect a fully optimized process.

Many people find that using consulting services for small projects is a waste of money. Instead, before implementing BPM projects and mapping your processes, I suggest taking an OCEB (OMG Certificed Expert in BPM) Training course. The courses are relatively cheap, and give you a comprehensive knowledge on how to map your business processes properly so that your company does not spend their money optimizing a bad process.

Once you've done this, I suggest using one of the 100% Free BPMN Modeling programs - a few of them are ad-ons to Microsoft Visio. They allow you to get started with your process mapping right away.

How to Adopt Effective GRC Strategies

As a management consultant, every day I walk into businesses seeking effective GRC strategies for their companies. As the article outlines quite well, today formulating a GRC strategy is at hte top of every corporation's laundry list.

In order for a corporation to implement an effective strategy it is necessary to adopt Business Process Management technology. Using BPM software, your company is able to visualize your business processes and ensure that operations are optimized. Beyond that, BPM suites such as Interfacing's Enterprise Process Center specialize in GRC and risk assessment. The program is designed to allow managers to highlight risks within processes, and tie controls to each process as a means to mitigate those very risks. Beyond this, the programs allow you to tie Business Rules and overall strategy to your processes which creates a clearer understanding of your company.

By clearly outlining risks, controls, and rules, employees then use a personalized web-portal homepage and can view everything that pertains to them. Strategies and rules are formalized and accessible at the tip of your fingers, all in an automated, notification based environment.

I suggest downloading the 100% Free BPMN Modeler for Microsoft Visio .