The Differences Between Automated Workflow and Business Process Management (BPM)

JobTraQ’s Karl Hindle looks at what makes Automated Workflow different from BPM. At the PEX North Carolina event earlier this summer, I was asked what the difference was between automated workflow and BPM software, and which did I think the prospect needed for their instance. I’m not surprised that a senior OpEX professional and leader at a major company expressed some degree of bafflement with this, because frankly, I think we as vendors have not been clear. Instead, vendors have been focusing on the marketing message, trying to position workflow tools as BPM solutions (not a good idea!), while trying... Read More »

How Can You See Your Organization’s Status On-Demand?

It’s 3 AM, you fall in and out of sleep after a tough day managing your department. Your phone rings, it’s your boss. She’s been up all night thinking about this new project for your team. She wants to go forward with it, but she needs to know, “Are you ready?” Here, we have a common scenario where upper management wants to execute on a plan, but you don’t know where your team or department stands at the moment. Now, you have to gather a status update from your team. Some of them respond in a matter of minutes; others... Read More »

Can BPM and Agile Work Together?

The marriage of BPM with Agile has not been a match made in heaven, but rather in the dark murk of the negotiation room for an arranged marriage between two rich kids. Since the early Noughties when Agile was initially paired with BPM, it has shown some sparkling successes, and certainly the word “Agile” has been splashed around plenty. Agile Marketing, Production, Manufacturing, Teams, Working Practices…. Agile, Agile, AGILE…. You get the idea. But Agile got its start in the Agile Manifesto, and here it is singularly attributable to software development: Individuals and interactions over processes and tools Working software... Read More »

Why Effective Workflow Automation is Crucial for Successful Business Performance

Team collaboration across diverse processes and departments is achievable, but not without collaboration between effective workflow design and great task management. JobTraQ was first conceived as a task management tool with automated workflow capability. The reason why we paired task management and workflow automation at conception was simple: we understood the need to be great at both! The reason for being great at both was simple – you can’t achieve true, effective team collaboration if you don’t have effective workflow, and you cannot have effective task management without effective workflow. The key is to be able to create effective workflows... Read More »