Business Process Management: accelerate your time to value
Christopher Schmitt 270004S1RG CSCHMITT@US.IBM.COM | | Tags:  industry_accelerators bpm telecommunications process_improvement smarter_process banking healthcare
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I remember back to the days of my youth when I used to run BPM projects for my clients (ok, you got me, they were business processes re-engineering projects…yes that is how old I am). And the one thing that was always one of the biggest barriers to no only starting these projects but completing them was the time and resources they consumed. Going from project kick-off to just getting the future state documented was a 6 month effort. In a business environment where consumers and employees demand constant updates and improvements (the mobile development cycle is targeted at 2 weeks for Pete’s sake), that is just not going to cut it.
If you want continuous improvement, and you should, you need to find a way to evaluate, improve and implement your processes quickly enough to keep up with a changing business environment. And those of us at IBM feel we have the best methodology in place for getting new automated processes up and running in 10 weeks with our Quick Win Projects we, like you, are always looking to improve. That is why I am so excited about our new Smarter Process Industry Accelerators and the potential they have for our clients.
The Industry Accelerators are code assets that contain the processes, rules and data objects specific to an industry use case. While they are not quite an out of the box solution, they are far more than a demo. These pre-built assets can serve as valuable starting points for proof of concepts, projects or quick win projects. We currently have 14 accelerators across 7 different industries such as banking, insurance, healthcare, retail and telco, with more being developed by the end of 2014. What’s great about the accelerators is that they are based on the industry experience that IBM has gained from countless client process engagements to give you the structure and best practices that really shorten your time to value. Additionally, these can be integrated with other IBM products such as our MobileFirst portfolio to create a complete end to end solution. (If you need a refresh on the value of combining Mobile and Smarter Process check out my two blogs Making the Mobile Promise Come True and Tracing the Patterns of a Mobile-Enabled Smarter Process.)
In this time of instant gratification, there is no reason to have to wait 6 months for a new process to be developed and rolled out. You and your organization need to seize any and every opportunity to gain speed and a competitive advantage. And if you are really serious about business process management, you will never get past your first project unless you can demonstrate real business results quickly. Let us help you.