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An overview of event-driven BPM 

Published: 05 May 2009 / 11 pages

Author(s): Neil Ward-Dutton

Programs: process

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Since organisations first began to utilise IT to support their business activities in the 1960s they have been capturing and storing representations of things that happen in the real world - in other words, events. The nature of event processing has changed fundamentally in the intervening period, of course. Growth in online commerce, increasing levels of "front office" IT automation, and increasing levels of integration between systems has created IT environments where real-world events are very often captured electronically as they occur. Today, organisations are taking advantage of the "real time" availability of electronic events, and using event processing technology to both improve operational business efficiency, and drive business optimisation - instrumenting and analysing business activity to drive decisions radically more transparently and efficiently. This report is the first in a series of two examining the concept of event-driven BPM. It provides an initial overview of what's behind the event processing hype, and explains why it's a no-brainer to combine concepts associated with event processing and BPM to make BPM event-driven.

key messages

  • Event processing is coming of age, and organisations are using the technology to drive incremental business value
  • Making BPM event-driven should be a no-brainer
  • Examine the technology you have in play already and analyse your requirements closely before investing in specialised event processing technology.

table of contents

  • Summary
  • Event processing: at the heart of IT in business
  • So how do you capture and respond to business events?
  • Towards event-driven BPM
  • Three opportunities for combining event processing and BPM.

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Tags: architecture, bpm, event_processing, event_processing, process, strategy

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