Business process analysis (BPA) is like any other business function: it requires an ecosystem of teams, tools, solutions, and functions to provide the desired business outcomes. However, this isn’t always the case.
The analysis, design, modeling, and collaboration can be localized in one solution, but high-quality, effective BPA for results-driven, continuous process improvement that leads to cost savings, better output, and increased efficiency is dependent on integrations with a myriad of other tools and software. These are just 3 of the biggest reasons why:
1. Your Business Processes Come from a Variety of Sources
Your business processes can come from any number of sources and places of origin. At a bird’s eye view, here’s a simple list of places where you might have documented business processes:
- Business Process Management tools where your business analysts, process owners, or subject matter experts might be documenting, designing, and modeling business processes for the purposes of managing and improving them
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- Process mining tools that search through event logs to uncover business processes your organization is executing
- Task capture tools that record employees executing business tasks so that they can be documented and have a business process improvement strategy applied to them.
- RPA tools where business processes are automated to be run and executed without any human intervention.
- Unstructured sources like Microsoft Visio, Excel, Word, or even Process Design Documents (PDD) that serve as the antiquated business requirements document for automation design and development.
It’s clear that your business processes are born and can live in any number of places. Effective business process analysis solutions need to easily integrate with all of these sources so that business processes can be ingested into one solution for centralization, analysis, collaboration, and improvement.
2. To Centralize Business Process Information in One Place for Better Insight, Assessment, Analysis, and Decision Making
To improve how your organization gets work done – that is, find where there is waste, redundancy, variance, etc. – first you must understand how your organization is doing work. That can only come with a consolidated view of all your business processes where they can be analyzed in a single location.
Effective business process analysis and the activities that are generated as a result of solid assessment can only work if your business processes are centralized in one place.
Integrations with various technologies ensure that you’re able to feed and catalog all business processes into a single source of truth where they can be accessed, visualized, and analyzed with all of the rich insight at your fingertips to facilitate process improvement and help you make better business decisions.
3. To Drive Downstream Development and Activities
Business process analysis is just the first step in executing on a business process improvement strategy whether it be modernization, standardization, or automation.
Chances are, there will be downstream development or some other type of work necessary.
Accelerating this work and ensuring it’s of high-quality demands that BPA solutions easily integrate with a number of work management solutions like Jira.
Getting a bit more specific, if the objective is to automate that business process using intelligent automation, or even a portion of that process in the form of a business task through Robotic Process Automation (RPA), then easily configurable integrations with intelligent automation platforms like Microsoft Power Automate or RPA tools like Automation Anywhere are paramount.
Blueprint offers a myriad of integrations with various technologies, solutions, and vendors. The Blueprint Business Transformation Platform integrates with all the leading RPA providers to consolidate all your automations in one place or accelerate the re-platforming of entire automation estates if you’re looking to modernize your automation practice from first-generation tools to cloud-native, next-generation or intelligent automation platforms.
Blueprint also easily integrates with the leading process and task mining tools and can ingest processes from unstructured sources, helping you consolidate all business processes in one place regardless of which process improvement strategy you decide on.
There are also integrations available with the major ALM tools like Jira and test suites where you can sync automatically generated user stories and test cases for accelerated and higher-quality downstream development. Want to see which ones? Then check out our ALM integrations page here!