business process management suite (BPMS)

This definition is part of our Essential Guide: Enterprise architect's guide to optimal BPM workflow

A business process management suite (BPMS) is a tool for designing, implementing and improving an activity or set of activities that will accomplish a specific organizational goal.

BPMS software can help managers provide continuous improvement for business processes by providing process discovery and modeling tools, business rules engines, workflow engines, simulation and testing tools. Business process professionals, business analysts, developers and IT workers can all utilize a BPMS to effectively improve organizational productivity, efficiency, effectiveness and hopefully, profitability.

Recently, the market has seen the emergence of intelligent BPM suites (iBPMSs), which support sophisticated business operations such as real-time analytics, complex event processing (CEP) and business activity monitoring (BAM). iBPMSs also typically include enhanced mobile, social and collaborative capabilities.

This was last updated in June 2013

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This is a very nice definition of what BPMS is. But, what about the myths around it? BPM is still considered as a luxury small business can't afford. Still there are a lot of people who think BPM is rocket science.


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