In a recent article, Jack Vaughan quoted Jan Baan as saying, “The successor of ERP is BPM….ERP is becoming the model of complexity. It has become too complicated.” Baan is CEO of Cordys and former head of Baan Corporation, an ERP vendor. BPM (Business Process Management) is the leading edge of a major change in enterprise systems.
Much has changed since the heyday of ERP. The Internet and internet technology has changed communications and integration. Businesses are on-line and accessible from anywhere, any time. The marketplace has become global for all enterprises, not just large companies. The pace of change has accelerated, and information technology is pervasive in the operation of the enterprise and in society in general. Business services are accessible, ad hoc, over the Internet, and service oriented architecture is changing not only the design of computer systems, but the design of enterprises.
ERP systems are traditionally monolithic solutions for automation of business operations. They provide a solution for a particular way of doing business and typically require a major investment in implementation and adaptation to align the solution and the business operation.
The future requires enterprises, as well as systems, designed for change. BPM, supported by business process management systems (BPMS) enables flexible automation of business processes.
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