Business Process Management (BPM)

2014: The Year Open Source Kills the Stack and Transforms Business Process Management

2014 will be the year organizations shift investments in “big” Business Process Management (BPM) to the back burner and look into alternatives that generate results sooner rather than later. In today’s fast-paced business climate, companies need to move quickly. BPM projects should support this effort. However, if it takes multiple quarters to purchase, set up and program a BPM system, it will probably take twice that long to yield any measurable results. To stay competitive, companies need to get results out of their BPM implementations as soon as possible, and in 2014 they’ll be turning to solutions based on open source software to do it.

Open source solutions allow for a level of customization and investment protection that represent the future of business process management.

When building a BPM strategy, most organizations start with a simple three-step approach: identify the pain point, develop a solution, and implement a BPM-based solution. With this scenario in mind, it’s easy to spot the pitfalls that are inherent in “Big BPM” solutions.  The biggest issue includes the complexity of software and integration, the time to train employees and the process of rolling out a solution across multiple locations. With a proprietary “Big BPM” solution, the cycle takes too long. A customizable solution, meanwhile, can account for those roadblocks ahead of time. Open source software shines in these situations because it is designed to be open and integrate with multiple systems. This helps facilitate the solution development phase of the implementation. Open source BPM also acts as a partner to an organization’s cost and risk analysis plan. Open source BPM solutions cost less than proprietary alternatives – allowing companies to make additional investments in back-end development, UI, and training.  

Open source BPM also offers a level of investment protection through the flexibility to connect with other systems. If a company has a complex IT infrastructure – and let’s face it, most do – a large amount of money has already been invested, making it much more difficult to implement significant changes, upgrades or modifications. Open source BPM offers the ultimate protection from an incorrect decision the following ways: by allowing companies to connect to those systems, scale up and scale down as larger infrastructure changes are made, and undergo the proper proof of concept phase upon initial purchase.

Proper decision-making is essential when choosing and implementing a BPM solution. BPM projects require the certain features and abilities to be successful, but if something went totally wrong, an open source platform allows you to build on top to make sure you have functionality where a proprietary solution would not. This can generate the faster results, flexibility and investment protection a company is looking for when it embarks on a process improvement initiative.   


Mac McConnell is VP of Marketing at Bonitasoft


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