To effectively model business processes and business rules, organizations need tools that are as flexible as the business they are being used to define and improve. As business needs shift, the changes must be quickly reflected in the business model and propagated throughout the system linked to the business models. As a result, more companies are becoming aware of the need to select tools that support and enable this type of change.
Organizations which started with drawing tools as the basis for defining and understanding their business are now looking for one toolset or vendor to provide a complete solution.
The good news is that many of the tool vendors have made the appropriate changes t their toolkits or acquired the functionality needed through partnership with or the purchase of other vendor’s products. One critical capability of tools is the reusability of modeling elements. It is extremely efficient if the tool can also translate business objects into code for application development technologies. Additionally, reverse engineering facilities make it easy for business and technology to stay in sync by engineering business models from code.
How to create the right criteria for selecting a good toolkit
How notations like BPMN are an important part of your tool decision
How to gain the benefit of using tools to document process and business rules in the same technology
How the concepts of flexibility and reuse should influence your toolkit selection
ABOUT THE SPEAKER(s):
Kathy A. Long, currently BPM Lead for Shell Oil Exploration & Production’s Unconventionals Division, was formally president of her own company, Innovative Process Consulting. She has accumulated two decades of experience in Business Process Management. She previously divided her time between assisting clients with their BPM projects and training organizations in process improvement. She is a frequent conference speaker on the various topics of Business Process Management. She is now dedicating her time to helping with the improvement of processes for Shell’s Unconventional business. Ms. Long is the author of several articles related to the various aspects of process. She is also a regular column contributor to the Business Rules Journal.