By Varsha Bhatia-Oracle on Jul 16, 2014
When customers extend their project objectives from beyond traditional departmental boundaries to the enterprise as a whole, the BPM strategy is not driven by only a few processes but by hundreds of processes, some mission-critical to the overall value stream, others in a supporting role. There is a need to capture a macro, or big picture view and provide a way to categorize, analyze, and document these vast collection of processes, and understand their mutual dependencies, strategic importance and business alignment. In Oracle BPM 12c, we are excited to introduce light-weight Business Architecture capabilities within Process Composer that help to capture this macro view in a standard way and provides a formal link between business goals and actual BPM Projects that an organization undertakes. It allows you to create a blueprint of your enterprise that provides all stakeholders an understanding of how the enterprise goals and objectives are in alignment with the projects themselves.
One of the prime use cases for the broader level of modeling is Process Decomposition which is support to break down ("decompose") process complexity into manageable parts and is depicted by a hierarchy. The Enterprise Process Map is the entry point for process decomposition. This level defines the top level business functions or process areas of the enterprise. Each top level business further drills down into a hierarchy of Value Chains, and ultimately link to operational business process flows in BPMN. Another way Business Architects can represent the relationship between these Business Architecture artifacts is via a Strategy Model which is used for creating, editing, and linking the assets. It provides a mind map like editing view. Business analyst captures business intent and strategic alignment of processes via a Strategy Model.
The actionable angle in Business Architecture has been captured through rollup KPIs, which help measure the organization’s success metrics. KPIs can roll up from the BPM execution platform i.e. from business processes all the way up to Value Chains. The fact whether the KPIs are being met or not is exposed in a Process Criticality KPI report which will show how different process areas are performing and aids with identifying process candidates that can produce the maximum ROI through process optimization.
You can always refer to the sample posted here to get more details on the Business Architecture capabilities in 12.1.3. Have fun!