What is Business Process Management?

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March 30, 2009 - Vol12 #1

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What is Business Process Management?

by Scott Cleveland

Terry Schurter of IPAPI says that, while BPM stands for "Business Process Management", the definitions of Business Process Management in use in the marketplace have dramatic differences in their meanings. The definition comes from the person or organization using the term as they place "BPM" within the context that they care about.

The biggest disparity exists between the commercial software market and the business pundits who define BPM in completely different ways. On a historical note, BPM did indeed start as a management practice, coming directly out of the more experienced practitioners of Business Process Reengineering. From these people, Business Process Management was originally conceived of as a way to better manage the business operations of large commercial entities.

Our Thoughts..
In its simplest form, BPM is the art or science of managing business processes. As Terry says, BPM started as a management practice. If you think about it, most business processes come into being almost by accident. A new company that wants to produce goods or services will come up with a plan to accomplish that feat. That plan will likely identify the steps of a process. Over time, those involved in the production of goods and services will modify the plan - change, add or remove steps.

The objective of managing your business processes is to be efficient as possible. A company tries to provide goods or services in as few steps as possible. They want all of the steps to add value to the goods or services. They want low costs so that they can achieve larger profits. And, it is in their best interest to provide the most positive interaction with their customers.

I see three different levels of solutions.

  1. Manage Business Processes. Document your process and improve that process by removing the non value added steps, improving steps or activities, and improving customer touch points. This is an oversimplification, but you can easily make process improvements without the use of software.
  2. Manage Business Processes with Software. Adding software to the mix provides control and visibility. It can add a time discipline to the process. It provides visibility into the state of a process. Add these together and you can really shorten process turnaround times. And, you can reduce human errors.
  3. Business Process Automation. Allow the software to perform mundane manual tasks that it is able to perform. This will further shorten cycle times and give you back cycle times for some employees.

In today's economy, we are all looking at ways to cut costs. So, even if you can't get capital for software, it is the right time to manage your business processes to reduce costs.

Scott Cleveland is VP Sales & Marketing, Ingenuus Software.




Standards in PLM?

By Lion Benjamins

Questions were raised recently in one of the PLM Linked-In groups on whether it wasn't time to address the issues of standards in PLM. This comes at a most opportune time and we should sit up and pay attention.

PLM as we knew it is about to change and reach new dimensions. Gone are the days where series of products were identified only through serial numbers stamped or printed on the chassis at the end of the production line.

It has become possible not only to uniquely identify individual components and assemblies and keep track of them during their entire lifecycle but also to keep track of the internal and external circumstances that exist at any one time. This ‘lifecycle event data’ can consist of sensor data such as temperatures or pressure variations, but also identify machine operators or a change in location. Data can come from a product’s environment or from within itself.

The concepts of “Item Attendant ICT” and “the Internet of Things” have become a reality, allowing items to be networked and able to communicate information about themselves to other items and computer systems on a global and commercial scale.

Open architecture extensions and standards will be required in order to provide a secure and flexible infrastructure for their information exchange.

“The Internet of Things” will affect your business.

The Open Group will address the architecture and standards issues involved at The Open Group London Conference 29th April 2009.


PLM News


Access Commerce announced provisional revenue for 2008 amounted to Euro €12.79 million.

Adobe Systems Inc. reported revenue of $786.4 million for its first quarter ended Feb. 27, 2009.

IHS Inc. reported revenue for the first quarter of 2009 totaled $235 million.

Metris announced sales in 2008 of Euro 89 million.

Sopheon plc announced results for the year ended 31 December 2008. Revenue for the year was £9.3m.



Lectra announced it named Alexander Neuss Managing Director of Lectra Germany.

MSC.Software Corp. announced that Masood Jabbar has rejoined the Company's board of directors.

Objet Geometries Ltd. announced David Reis has been named President and CEO.

* Implementations *

Arena Solutions announced that Western Electronics uses Arena software.

Centric Software, Inc. announced that Dellalui has purchased the product lifecycle management (PLM) system from Centric Software, Inc.

Dassault Systemes SolidWorks Corp. announced that Terrafugia used SolidWorks 3D CAD software.

Dassault Systemes announced that Procter & Gamble Company has selected SIMULIA SLM as their simulation lifecycle management solution.

Dassault Systemes announced that ASUSTeK Computer, Inc. selected Abaqus FEA software from SIMULIA.

Delcam announced use of its software by Bowes Design and Development on cabin interiors for the Airbus A380.

Delcam announced Glidewell Laboratories chose Delcam software.

Enterprise Informatics announced that Ameren Corporation has selected eB to support a new Quality Management Program.

Infor announced that Dimensions Clothing Ltd has deployed Infor PLM Runtime.

Intergraph announced that Iv-Oil & Gas B.V. has expanded its use of Intergraph SmartPlant Enterprise

Mentor Graphics Corp. announced deployment of the CHS electrical systems design tool suite by a leading truck OEM.

PTC announced that Mindray Medical International Co. Ltd has implemented PTC Pro/ENGINEER and Pro/INTRALINK.

PTC announced that Brown Shoe Company, Inc. has implemented the PTC Footwear and Apparel solution FlexPLM.

Sopheon announced that Bostik SA has implemented Sopheon's Accolade system.

think3 announced that Zucchetti chooses PLM from think3.


Actify Inc. announced that it has released a round of importer updates and improvements.

Anark Corp. announced the release of the Anark Core Platform 2.2.

Autodesk announced it began shipping its 2010 line of 2D and 3D design and engineering software.

AVEVA announced the availability of the latest release of AVEVA NET Portal.

Blue Ridge Numerics, Inc. announced the availability of CFdesign V10 for Autodesk Inventor 2010.

Datakit announced a new option for accessing CrossXpert.

DEM Solutions announced a maintenance update for EDEM 2.1.

Eurostep announced software for STEP AP233 with a beta release of the AP233 Toolbox for the Java Platform.

iCADsales.com announced the release of progeCAD 2009 Standard.

IHS Inc. announced Intermat OptiX for MRO Supply Chain Management.

IMSI/Design announced it is shipping an upgrade to its flagship product, TurboCAD Professional Version 16.

Intergraph introduced SmartPlant for Life Sciences.

INUS Technology, Inc. announced the release of Rapidform XOV/Verifier2.

JETCAM International s.a.r.l. announced the launch of its Material Life Management (MLM) software for composite materials.

LASCOM announced Advitium CPG Solution.

Lectra launched Modaris V6R1.

LMS announced the release of LMS TecWare Rev 3.6.

MasterControl Inc. announced the release of MasterControl Version 8.0.

Mentor Graphics Corp. announced the FloEFD v9.0 product suite.

Mentor Graphics Corp. announced new capabilities that extend the Calibre platform.

Missler Software announced TopSolid'Cam 2009 availability.

NEi Software announced the availability of NEi Nastran V9.2.

SensAble Technologies, Inc. announced the availability of a new version of its SensAble Dental Lab System.

Sescoi announced the launch of WorkNC Dental Labs.

VISTAGY, Inc. announced FiberSIM 2009.

VISTAGY, Inc. announced the introduction of VISTAGY AeroSuite.

VizUp Inc. announced that VizUp 3.3.5 has been released.


Access Commerce announced that it has joined the TM Forum.

Coastal Logic, Inc. announced it has signed a new partnership agreement with Dassault Systemes.

Configit announced that SAP has welcomed Configit as a new Software Solution Partner in the SAP PartnerEdge Program.

Configit announced a partnership with 2C change.

The MathWorks and Vector Informatik announced a collaboration.

Siemens PLM Software announced that CADIMP will expand its offering to include consultancy services for implementation and use.

VISTAGY, Inc. announced a strategic partnership with Innovation Technologies and Solutions.

3D Systems announced an alliance with Dreve GmbH.



ANSYS, Inc. announced that it has been named one of the "100 Best Corporate Citizens" by CRO (Corporate Responsibility Officer).

Arena Solutions announced that next-generation medical device companies adopt Arena.

Autodesk named Dynamic Structures as Inventor of the Month for March 2009.

BlueCielo ECM Solutions announced that it became BlueCielo do Brasil's majority shareholder with a total stake of 51 percent.

The Coordinate Metrology Society announced its 25th Annual Coordinate Metrology Systems Conference.

Dassault Systemes announced that Lake Superior State University has selected DELMIA Robotics.

Geomagic announced a technology preview of Parametric Exchange for Solidworks.

Gibbs and Associates celebrated 25 years.

Lectra announced new versions of Kaledo, Modaris and a new Vector range.

LightWork Design announced that the latest release of TurboCAD Pro v16 incorporates LightWorks functionality.

The MathWorks announced it received the 2009 Excellence in Engineering Education Collaboration Award from the ASEE.

myVR software AS announced that Schibsted has released myVR's latest platform edition of its 3D mapping solution.

MSC.Software announced that its multi-discipline solutions have been recognized with awards in China.

Nemetschek North America announced Service Pack 3 for Vectorworks 2009.

The ODA announced the beta release of DWGdirect.NET.

OPEN MIND Technologies AG announced use of hyperMILL CAM software.

PTC announced the signing of an agreement with the French National Ministry of Education to provide PLM technology training.

Siemens PLM Software announced it is ranked among Fortune 500 corporations and U.S. government agencies in its support of HBCU Engineering Schools.

Trace Software announced that its TraceParts library has successfully passed Autodesk Inventor 2010 certification.

TransMagic Inc. announced that TransMagic R8 is certified for Autodesk Inventor 2010.


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            Management: Paradigm for 21st Century Product Realisation




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