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05 March 2015

BPA vs BPM

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Business Process Analysis (BPA) software vs. Business Process Management (BPM) software.

  • BPMS (Business Process Management Suite) is the software which supports Business Process Management BPM.
  • BPA is the business process analysis software that enables the analysis and optimization of complex processes, hereby improving productivity.

There are many independent BPA tools on the market that allow modeling but they only empower the presentation of the process, not its execution. In order to execute the process it is essential to have a BPM suite, therefore a BPM suite should incorporate its own BPA for modeling purposes.

If a BPM suite doesn’t incorporate BPA, it is not considered a BPMS (BPM software) and would need to be integrated with an existing BPA in order to be considered as such.

For example, a BPM project which requires the integration of BPA must be lead by the IT department and will need many more functionalities than BPM suites that do not require any programming, for example AuraPortal .

Furthermore, in my experience, using different software to analyze/model the processes at different levels could be a waste of time and money and cause unnecessary complication.

The strategy which has clearly proven to be most effective is the direct use of BPA incorporated in a BPM suite. This has great advantages:

  • One sole provider.
  • Only one training.
  • Standardization of criteria and diagram layout.
  • No additional costs.

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