BPMN in the low-code world 

What is BPMN? 

Business Process Modeling Notation (BPMN) is a flow chart method that models the steps of a planned business process from end to end. A key to Business Process Management, it visually depicts a detailed sequence of business activities and information flows needed to complete a process.

Why do we need it?  

At a high level, BPMN is targeted at participants and other stakeholders in a business process, to gain insights through an easy-to-understand visual representation of essential steps. At a more involved level, it’s targeted at the people who will implement the process, providing sufficient detail to enable precise implementation.

The existence of a standard for business process modeling, accessible and known by business analysts, customers, and technical teams, is of great help not only in business analysis, as a discipline, but also in the entire delivery process. Moreover, it's an easy and straightforward standard that does not require any previous technical background.

The use of BPMN, offers organizations many benefits:

  • It is the de facto standard: a neutral notation that is adopted by many solutions providers and which is widely understood.
  • Organizations can use BPMN at different levels. For example, they can use a subset, mainly its graphical elements, to help visualize processes.
  • These graphical elements can be augmented with attributes and properties, to enable process analysis or execution in end-end process orchestration.
  • BPMN modeling of event and exception handling are key aspects that position BPMN as the standard in the process industry.

Advantages for business users and customers are as follows:

  • Simplicity - the elements and notations offered by BPMN are intuitive, having no need of previous technical knowledge. It is simple for business analysts to create BPMN diagrams, which are very easily understood by business stakeholders
  • Expressivity - the standard is extremely expressive and adaptable with regards to process modeling, allowing a wide range on constraints. BPMN is more versatile and can aid the creation of more sophisticated workflows.
  • Standardization - BPMN is an OMG - Object Management Group governed and maintained standard.
  • IT applicability - The majority of business processes must be modeled clearly and unambiguously, in order to ensure fit-for-purpose delivery of software solutions.

Why do we need workflows?

Most business activities can be considered as a process, and adopting a process mindset is the first step in optimizing these business activities. Workflows help orchestrate people to work together in accordance with a required process. Using workflow tools, processes will be executed according to a standard, therefore helping to provide and maintain the required quality. Workflows are a detailed way of connecting process steps and tasks, and of visualizing the whole process information flow end to end. This helps understand and improve process efficiency, and identify ways to change processes to improve customer experience or to account for changes in circumstances.

Visualizing processes can help stakeholders in a business process gain a better understanding of the dependencies between processes and process steps. It also helps to provide people charged with implementing the process with enough detail to enable precise implementation. Having clear digital and documented processes are the first steps in the continuous improvement cycle. Model, Implement, Execute, Monitor and Optimize are the key phases any business analyst or process improvement specialist will follow as they look for opportunities to improve process performance.

Why do we need low-code?

Today, there is huge demand for digital solutions to enable businesses to stay up to date and provide a seamless customer experience. Low-code is a methodology which helps accelerate the development of application solutions by utilizing standardized components to speed up creation.

This helps business leaders create faster proof of concepts in collaboration with process owners, and by involving IT in the final customization phase.  IT’s role in solution development can be optimized by providing overall guidance to the process, but only deploying experienced resources when the solution has been validated and approved by process stakeholders.

How BPMN helps power Effectors’
workflow solution 

Oriana’s low-code, Effector, is a bundled platform, which offers rapid application development and workflows. This helps accelerate the development of simple to complex application solutions in the enterprise environments. Combining the speed and cost benefits of low-code with digital workflow capabilities enables process leaders, consultants and IT professionals to collaborate, using a unified platform approach as they seek to reduce the dreaded IT backlog of digital transformation.

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