Combining Business Process Management and Enterprise Architecture for Better Business Outcomes

An IBM Redbooks publication

Published 31 March 2011

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ISBN-10: 0738435619
ISBN-13: 9780738435619
IBM Form #: SG24-7947-00
(206 pages)

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Authors: Claus T. Jensen, Owen Cline, Martin Owen


This IBM® Redbooks® publication explains how to combine business process management (BPM) and Enterprise Architecture (EA) for better business outcomes. This book provides a unique synergistic approach to BPM and EA, based on a firm understanding of the life cycles of the enterprise and the establishment of appropriate collaboration and governance processes. When carried out together, BPM provides the business context, understanding, and metrics, and EA provides the discipline to translate business vision and strategy into architectural change. Both are needed for sustainable continuous improvement.

This book provides thought leadership and direction on the topic of BPM and EA synergies. Although technical in nature, it is not a typical IBM Redbooks publication. The book provides guidance and direction on how to collaborate effectively across tribal boundaries rather than technical details about IBM software products.

The primary audience for this book is leaders and architects who need to understand how to effectively combine BPM and EA to drive, as a key differentiator, continuous improvement and transformational change with enterprise scope.

Table of contents

Part 1. Better business outcomes
Chapter 1. Coordinating planning and delivery
Chapter 2. BPM and EA defined
Chapter 3. BPM and EA synergies

Part 2. From tribes to nations
Chapter 4. BPM methods and tools
Chapter 5. EA methods and tools
Chapter 6. Stop copying; start linking
Chapter 7. The role of standards
Chapter 8. Governing change
Chapter 9. Effective enterprise collaboration

Part 3. A worked example
Chapter 10. EA applied
Chapter 11. BPM applied
Chapter 12. Linking EA and BPM artifacts
Chapter 13. Four select collaboration scenarios

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