Wednesday Nov 27, 2013

A Primer on Process Accelerators

Author: Tanu Sood, Principal Product Director

In yesterday's post, Ajay Khanna, Senior Principal Product Director at Oracle, discussed the merits of abstracting out processes from applications into the middleware layer with Business Process Management. That's Oracle AppAdvantage, the advantage of using Oracle Fusion Middleware technologies strategically with Oracle and other enterprise applications to extend and enhance business value. By abstracting process management out of the applications, organizations can adopt flexible processes, newer technology trends, improve user experience and eliminate disruption in application migrations, upgrades and maintenance.

Today's post is about Process Accelerators and the value these add to speed time to market for organizations.

Built on Oracle BPM Suite, Process Accelerators are pre-built, best practices processes that are customizable and extensible to fit specific customer requirements. Oracle Process Accelerators leverage best practices and domain knowledge. Industry process accelerators embody industry-specific best practices and patterns in addition to Oracle BPM Suite best practices. Horizontal process accelerators provide instant functionality and reuse for processes common in most organizations and can be easily modified to fit your requirements. Oracle Process Accelerators simplify implementation and reduce time-to-value for an organization’s business process management initiatives.

Check out this video for a primer on Process Accelerators:

Tuesday Nov 26, 2013

Keep Your Applications Agile with Business Process Management

Applications are the backbone of your business. To run your business, you need many applications and systems like ERP, SCM, CRM, and Billing. Since companies acquired these applications during different time periods, they end up with disjointed applications and rigid silo'ed departmental processes locked inside the applications. Many applications were implemented years ago and selected for very specific business needs but with time the needs change. At that point companies tend to make point changes to the software to meet those needs. Such changes to applications not only take time to implement but are extremely hard to maintain.

With time, the needs of business keep changing, and applications fail to keep pace with the changing needs. This creates impedance mismatch between the business needs and application capabilities. The result is decreasing business performance, less profit, waste in R&D or lower market share because of delays in time-to-market of new products and services.

Business Process agility refers to the speed and flexibility with which process based applications can keep up with the needs of changing business conditions and minimize the gap between business needs and IT systems. Oracle Business Process Management Suite delivers such agility.

With Oracle BPM Suite you can create process based applications that help you orchestrate human and system activities across departmental and applications silos. It provides the necessary visibility and agility to manage and run your business efficiently.

Using BPM to extend your existing applications has following key benefits:

  • Better visibility into the end-to-end processes and KPIs
  • Enhanced Agility. Since BPM is all model driven, business managers can design and update the process as and when required without spending months on modifying underlining applications.
  • If you move your customizations to BPM layer, rather than in the application itself, it keeps your applications clean, better performing and easy to upgrade.
  • You can add additional capabilities like social or mobile to existing applications as BPM suite supports those capabilities too.
  • Last but not least, BPM is not a rip-n-replace of your existing applications. It is enhancing them with newer capabilities.

Let the applications do what they are designed to do the best. Move the rest of extensions in BPM layer for better visibility, agility and efficiency.

For more information visit www.oracle.com/appadvantage  and download resources on BPM suite at www.oracle.com/bpm.

Friday Sep 27, 2013

Oracle OpenWorld Session: 5 Easy Ways to Modernize Applications with BPM

With time, gap between the enterprise application and the business need widens.  How can we make sure that enterprises are able to leverage their existing enterprise investments while offering new and unique capabilities that the Business requires?

This session discussed 5 ways BPM can help bridge the gap between what your business demands and what applications can provide.

In this session, Fred Stern from Flextronics discussed how BPM helped them stay current and competitive in their business by applying value driven approach to automate, streamline and standardize global business processes.

Some of the challenges discussed included standardizing processes, limited visibility, slow responsiveness, multiple ERP’s, high costs, audit and compliance.

With Oracle BPM Flextronics was able to create a global standardized view of the different business processes integrating over 15 different ERP systems. This allowed them to reduce the average time to process transactions by 4X times reduce the cost to process invoices by 10 times and importantly ensure zero audit findings since the process was implemented in BPM all while managing continuous process improvements.

To make BPM initiative successful Mr. Stern suggested getting executive buy-in early and keeping focused on the end state of your BPM initiative. Collaboration and communication are essential. Make sure you include end users in the process.

Oracle BPM helps you to modernize and extend your existing applications in following 5 ways:

  1. Enhance visibility into the end-to-end process across applications
  2. Improve the business responsiveness – like faster time to market and quicker response to customer issues
  3. Eliminates the need to do brittle customizations in an application, you can do those in the BPM layer and keep your organization agile.
  4. Create and deliver effective customer experience that may also include including the Mobile and Social engagement as a part of your process.
  5. Last but not least, improve end user experience by providing unified dashboards, tasklist and UI

To learn more visit Oracle BPM Resources and Oracle AppAdvantage webpages.

Tuesday Sep 17, 2013

Inside the OOW Session: 5 Easy Steps to Modernizing Business Applications

Author: Tanu Sood, Principal Product Director, Oracle

Let’s face it – our applications map in the company isn’t clean. We have multiple applications, some homegrown, some acquired, a few other purchased. Chances are there is some overlap in what these applications do for us. We are in a constant state of motion with our applications. Add to that changing business needs, technology disruption with social, mobile, analytics and big data and the ever-evolving regulatory landscape, and we are far from achieving Nirvana with our applications infrastructure.

The question then is how do you extend your applications and enhance the value you provide to your application users, especially customers without having to sneak in brittle customizations within your applications and adding to your application development, maintenance and upgrade cycles?

5 steps! Yes, at Oracle OpenWorld next week, we will walk you through 5 easy steps to modernizing your existing business applications to meet your evolving business needs without having to re-code your applications. Make sense of it all in a scalable, sustainable way.

To prove it, we will have Fred Stern from Flextronics joining us on stage to discuss his very successful implementation and the business impact of doing it the AppAdvantage way.

Join Fred Stern, my colleague - Ajay Khanna and I at Oracle OpenWorld as we discuss this some more. Be sure to add this session to your Schedule Builder.

CON9284: Five Easy Steps for Modernizing Business Applications with BPM
Thursday, Sep 26, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Moscone West - 2014

We will see you there!

Learn about this and other Oracle AppAdvantage sessions at OpenWorld in the Focus on AppAdvantage Guide.

Monday Sep 09, 2013

Business is Changing, Can Your Applications Keep Up?

To do business organizations depend on various kinds of enterprise applications. Over time organizations acquire many such applications including ERP systems, CRM systems, SCM applications, Contact Centers, Customer Service applications. They may also have many home grown applications, and some of them are even running in the main frame systems!

It is not uncommon for businesses actively pursuing mergers and acquisitions to end up with several of applications for the same purpose. They accumulate many ERP, CRM, HRM systems.

While applications are getting dated business environment is changing, regulations are changing, and customer needs are changing. How can we make sure that we can keep our applications agile and equip our businesses with most advanced technology without rip-n-replace of legacy systems?

In this webinar “Business is Changing, Can Your Applications Keep Up?” on Sep 12th 2013, I am going to discuss some of the challenges that organizations face due to aging applications and how Business Process Management (BPM) Suite helps address those challenges. I will discuss how organizations can use BPM to do more with their applications including:

  • Make processes more consistent by removing whitespaces between applications
  • Eliminate the need of brittle customizations
  • Enhance business visibility into transactions across applications
  • Enhance customer experience
  • Improve end user experience

Oracle AppAdvantage strategy helps enterprises to leverage their existing enterprise investments like legacy applications while offering new and unique capabilities that the business requires. It is not a rip-and-replace strategy. With Oracle BPM Suite, enterprises will be simultaneously delivering short term business value and begin the journey to create the next generation intelligent process applications. 

About

Thoughts, news, tips on Oracle BPM and BPA Suite

Search

Archives
« April 2014
SunMonTueWedThuFriSat
  
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
24
25
26
27
28
29
30
   
       
Today
BPM Technical Resources