Published by Akash Kotadia

May 4, 2020

Is there a future of BPM?

Is there a future of BPM?

There are a lot of businesses taking advantage of Business Process Management to enhance and smoothen their workflow and achieve increased productivity. But the dynamics of the modern business world are changing every day. New trends come and go so fast that it feels that nothing old is going to last long enough. In this era of millennials entrepreneurship, do you think BPM holds a future?

There is a brief history of Business Process Management. In 1982, Filenet started to develop a digital workflow management system. Here, they had created a digital process for routing their scanned documents into a system. Filenet was later acquired by IBM in 2006. What Filenet created was often called to be the pioneer of BPM software.

Business Process Management Suite was the term coined by “Gartner” an Analyst firm. It was used to describe the plethora of software apps that would handle business processes to a basic level.

As it began to develop, BPM software apps started to become modern. This development resulted in the creation of what we see today. Modern-day Intelligent Business Process Management started creating workflows for businesses. The analytics of processes was also possible with these types of software.

Why are current BPM solution getting obsolete

There’s a shift in the way businesses are running. The focus has shifted to speed, empowerment, and growth instead of centralization and control. BPM tools used to be a great deal in the last decade. From solving basic process problems to designing workflows, these solutions have come a long way. But they are becoming obsolete. The complex flowcharts and heavily engineered BPM tools are no longer effective for the new generation of workforce. Businesses today can’t work with a slow process automation platform where it takes hours just to set up the automation.

Here are some pointers on where these BPM solutions are lagging behind:

  • Complex and slow 

    Today’s world is demanding simplicity in automation. The companies want to work with solutions that can be operated by anyone and not only experts. BPM tools available in the market require hours of getting used to before it can start enhancing your business processes. Businesses need to rely on BPM agencies or BPM experts which is both costly and time-consuming.

  • Input Context 

    When a person is working on a task, it becomes a project to gather context regarding the process in the BPM. Nobody likes to go over email chains or get overloaded with information. It creates friction between departments about why proper information is not being transferred. This defeats the purpose of a BPM.

  • Hinders Big picture

    If Top and middle-level management is too busy with managing and analyzing these solutions, they have less time to analyze and identify bigger systemic problems. They can’t develop new ideas of expansion in these situations. Overworked solutions that pose as BPM tools hinder the bigger picture of the business.

These were a few of the many challenges of current Business Process Management. That brings us to the final segment of this blog. The future of Business Process Management.

What is the future of Business Process Management?

As we all know that every product has its own lifecycle, it begins with an introduction in the market and ends after achieving a maturity stage. There are certain things that we have learned after intensively studying the market with Primary and secondary research.

  • Fast Process Automation

    The current way of running business processes requires a lot of technical knowledge and people are an afterthought in process designs. This results in processes being slow. New era process automation solutions would have to be fast. It should not depend on the knowledge of the user. Fast process automation is going to be the most immediate and necessary trend in the BPM market. It would change the way business processes run.

  • Flexibility is not a want, it’s a necessity

    Since the new era of the digital revolution, people are demanding flexibility even in B2B platforms. Fun and Flexible new era tools like Slack have taught us that the element of fun can be included in all kinds of tools. The rigid controls and overworked diagrams are a thing of the past. The current generation needs flexibility while using the tool. A great onboarding experience and tour of the tool will help you create a lasting impression.

  • Easy integration

    The BPM tools that do not allow integration and collaboration will soon be obsolete and out of the market. Integration with different APIs gives developers and programmers the freedom to run the solution the way they want. It increases the productivity of people and expands the horizon for development which is immeasurable. The tools that are ready for integration will create a positive environment for the users.

  • No dependency on IT

    Some BPM tools are code-heavy, where you need to write code for every little enhancement. This is not going to work in the future. If you want to survive in today’s market, you need to nullify the dependency on coding. The amount of BPM users that know how to code is really low. You must not just cater to the bigger audience in order to stay relevant.

This is the future of BPM. Intelligent Business Process Management is the future. That’s why after such extensive market research, we have created Fasproc. It is a fast process automation tool just for you who keeps on wondering about the future of BPM tools. If you want to be amongst the first one who tries Fasproc, join our beta list.

Conclusion

Fast process automation and intelligent BPM is the future of BPM. All the market players who would not strive to change will be destroyed in the near future. The generation is getting smarter as the millennials are entering the workforce. If you keep on trying the old way of running businesses, it would not work. Those heavy engineered and code-intensive tools will not survive the coming generation’s storm if they don’t keep themselves updated with the changes in the market. 

I would like to conclude this blog with a quote by Charles Darwin, “It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent; it is the one most adaptable to change.”

Category : BPM & Workflow

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