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This is the second in a multi-part series on OE BPM. I want to add an important note here: many of you have been asking about our commitment to OE BPM in light of our strategic plan. We will continue to support BPM as part of the OpenEdge Application Development and Deployment Platform (OE BPM), and the divestiture of the Savvion product line will not impact our ability to extend, support, and enhance the BPM capabilities that are strategic to our OpenEdge customers and partners going forward.
As I discussed in my last blog post, OpenEdge BPM provides workflow management capabilities that allow you to ensure that the right steps are executed in the right order to meet specific needs. Order to cash, procurement, insurance claims processing, expense reporting, employee on-boarding: these are all business processes that are executed by connecting humans and systems into a series of activities that need to be performed in a specified order. The order in which they are executed may be dictated by regulatory requirements, industry best practices, or a business’s own competitive advantage.
You ensure the right steps by using built-in graphical modeling tools to model and define the activities that make up the process. You then connect the activities in the exact order you want them to be executed. OpenEdge BPM turns that process model into an executable form and executes the process exactly as you have defined it.
Activities can include human steps that require people performing certain roles to fill out specific forms, as well as system steps that describe the backend systems that need to be accessed to execute a particular step.
For example, consider the following Order Entry process.
Order entry is just one example; other business processes are just as simple to create and manage through OpenEdge BPM. Progress can consult with you to understand your specific requirements and collaborate with you to create the optimal workflow for your business needs.
Look for my next blog post in this series focused on business-level visibility.
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