Business process management (BPM) offers tangible opportunities for companies to focus on core competencies and collaborate successfully, according to a paper by Computer Sciences Corporation at a meeting of the Business Process Management Initiative (BPMI.org).
The paper*, Business Process Management: A Possible Future Scenario of How We Could Close the Gap Between Business Intent and Execution, represents insights gained from establishing more than 100 e-marketplaces, as well as from interviews with clients across multiple industries.
The research constitutes the IT industry's first attempt to offer a specific example of how business processes can be revolutionized through business process management systems (BPMS) and business process modeling language (BPML).
Using a hypothetical scenario in the business logistics industry, CSC demonstrates how organizations can use new technology and a standardized BPML to free themselves from the limitations of legacy systems and capitalize on multi-party collaboration. By focusing on business process, rather than IT compatibility, companies can conduct mission-critical activities inside their organizations, while establishing strategic external partnerships with a network of experts for non-core processes.
An independent organization, BPMI.org develops open specifications for the management of e-business processes across multiple applications, corporate departments and business partners, behind the firewall and over the Internet.
Since joining BPMI.org as a founding member in 2000, CSC has contributed to the development of BPML, which provides a standard way to represent end-to-end business processes, allowing direct deployment, management and transformation of these processes among multiple business partners and enterprise applications.
"Business processes have been a concern for more than a decade," said Howard Smith, chief technology officer of CSC Europe, and co-author of the paper. "What has changed is our ability to harness advancements in technology, including BPML and BPMS, to streamline the seven basic process capabilities: discovery, design and redesign, deployment, execution, maintenance, optimization and analysis."
Doug Neal, research fellow with CSC Research Services, collaborated on the paper with Smith and with Nigel Green, a CSC e-business strategist. Smith was elected to serve on the board of directors of BPMI.org.
With nearly 68,000 employees in locations worldwide, CSC had revenues of $10.5 billion for the 12 months ended March 30, 2001. It is headquartered in El Segundo, California.
* A copy of the CSC paper is available at: