BPMN: a short introduction

Today’s organizations are frequently confronted with ‘exponential times’. Everything is evolving faster and faster, making it ever more difficult for companies to follow the market trends and evolutions to remain viable. To increase their chances they are continuously on the lookout for new methods and technologies to increase efficiency and develop new products or services.

Modelling business processes

At Convitas we support organizations in this ever-changing climate by clearly mapping out their business processes to streamline and automate them for the future. 

There are many ways to make an inventory of your business processes. You normally start off by gaining a better insight into the course of your business processes, and you use this insight as a base to improve these processes, with or without informatization. 

To describe your business processes thoroughly you need an adapted methodology. It is important to use one set of conventions to make sure everyone maps the business processes in the same manner. This way, the processes stay methodologically correct and they can be thoroughly analyzed. 

Business Process Modelling Notation

Convitas employs different modelling methods, one of which is the ‘Business Process Modelling Notation’ (BPMN). BPMN is the standard practice to map business processes using the flowchart method. This method results in a visual oversight of work methods and information flows within an organization, and it is an essential factor in business process management (BPM), a type of change management to improve business processes. 

The advantage of BPMN is that it is simple enough for business users, while being powerful enough to reproduce the complex semantics that IT workers need. BPMN visualizes process flows, actors, process stages and actions. It functions as the shared language that spans the communication gap that frequently occurs between the design and the implementation of a business process.

Everyone speaks the same language

The primary goal of BPMN is to provide a standard notation that is understandable for every stakeholder. This includes business analysts who create and refine processes, technical developers who implement these processes and the process owners who manage them.

With BPMN you can increase the efficiency of your organization to make it more flexible towards new business circumstances, budget cuts and to increase your lead on the competition in the market.

BPMN is not only relevant to business analysts and process owners, but also to data professionals, entrepreneurs, managers, and everyone involved with the modelling and improvement of business processes. If you want to streamline and automate your business processes, then these BPMN models are the perfect tool to get everyone on the same wavelength.