Part 2: How Maps Work In A Business & For A Business
A map gives you control: it provides a model of your organization and where your information exists, it's the foundation to understand your situation, collaborate, evaluate possibilities, and act in an informed manner. Business Process Engineering is the disciplined and collaborative practice by which integrated maps of the organization, processes, policies, resources, people, data, and money are represented.
Most organizations manage business processes and information simply as pictures, words, and ideas rather than formally developed models. Using advances in software, data management, and modeling software we are able to develop more useful maps that are applicable in a variety of contexts.
The capabilities of these models are robust and multifunctional. We can look at models to communicate more clearly, analyze them to discover or solve problems, prototype new ideas, automate our business, and implement new capabilities faster.
Models let us take advantage of the digital revolution - putting customer needs and the business in the drivers seat of Information Technology.
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Business Process Engineering and consumer centricity is a game changer if implemented in small silos overtime. Employee productivity, teamwork, problem solving, and happiness are all proven to increase as institutional knowledge is created and available. As a Business Engineering (BE) practice matures, communication patterns improve and emerge amongst formally disparate groups. This leads to more rapid and proactive resolution of problems as well as an increase in quality across the organization.
Business Process Engineering and its underlying principles allow organizations to address challenges of today while preparing them for an increasingly digital future. Organizational problems such as business area silos, process inefficiencies, integration challenges, development problems, and poor communication will hinder organizations and their ability to remain relevant in an increasingly dynamic and digital marketplace. Models are equipped to carry all of the data necessary to aide in resolving organizational problems while supporting next generation model driven software paradigms.
Like paper maps of the past, models have evolved as modular digital assets. In similar fashion as our road atlas, a drawn representation once helped us understand our environment and plan on a path. As our maps evolved and became digital we have realized the benefits of realtime navigation, predictive traffic analytics, and route planning. The same is true for traditional workflow models, code, and data management practices. Modeling standards and software are quickly revolutionizing the face of business process execution, analytics, operations, and even development.
Prepare your business for today and tomorrow. Learn more about and start developing a Business Process Engineering practice in your organization.