Making the Business Case for BPM/SOA by Avio

Business Process Management (BPM) and Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) provide enterprise-level IT environments the benefits of flexibility, versatility, and a relative ease-of-use that makes BPM attractive to business managers and SOA to IT executives.
BPM has become the go-to solution for optimizing a wide range of business processes and improving an organization’s efficiency and agility. BPM’s popularity is due in large part to the way it can seamlessly integrate a variety of human, document, and system-based processes to streamline and simplify the enterprise ecosystem and make businesses more agile, responsive, and competitive. But what makes it especially attractive is the capability it provides non-technical employees to alter software processes and change rules without having to delve into coding.
SOA , on the other hand, provides organizational flexibility much like BPM, but on a fundamental infrastructure level. Simply put, it lowers software development and management costs by providing the ability to create reusable software modules. SOA, by its very nature, enables simple services to be combined to make more complex ones with increased functionality, while speeding development and time-to-implementation.
Given their similarities, it stands to reason that if BPM and SOA are valuable on their own, they’re even more valuable together. However, it can be a hard sell because the two methodologies seem, on the surface, to be somewhat redundant and integration (along with the cost) unnecessary.

Here are some ideas for making a solid business case for BPM/SOA:

  • Implementing a BPM/SOA solution balances the need to fulfill strategic business goals with the tactical reality of working within the constraints of limited IT resources. BPM/SOA provides one solution for both challenges.
  • Process optimization benefits the entire enterprise. An integrated BPM/SOA IT environment can increase overall productivity, IT responsiveness, and the effective utilization of technological and human resources.
  • Integrated BPM/SOA increases IT agility, making the enterprise more responsive to rapid market changes and technological evolution. Read the complete article here.

 

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About Jürgen Kress
As a middleware expert Jürgen works at Oracle EMEA Alliances and Channels, responsible for Oracle’s EMEA Fusion Middleware partner business. He is the founder of the Oracle SOA & BPM and the WebLogic Partner Communities and the global Oracle Partner Advisory Councils. With more than 5000 members from all over the world the Middleware Partner Community is the most successful and active community at Oracle. Jürgen manages the community with monthly newsletters, webcasts and conferences. He hosts his annual Fusion Middleware Partner Community Forums and the Fusion Middleware Summer Camps, where more than 200 partners get product updates, roadmap insights and hands-on trainings. Supplemented by many web 2.0 tools like twitter, discussion forums, online communities, blogs and wikis. For the SOA & Cloud Symposium by Thomas Erl, Jürgen is a member of the steering board. He is also a frequent speaker at conferences like the SOA & BPM Integration Days, JAX, UKOUG, OUGN, or OOP.

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