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How Blueprint is Different from BPM Tools

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Mar 20, 2020 7:52:04 AM

For most organizations, achieving digital process automation at enterprise scale is not an overnight process; it's a long journey that requires fine-tuning business processes that have been established and widely accepted. A critical aspect of achieving successful digital process automation is fostering a culture of innovation. Blueprint helps you accomplish this.

BPM tools won't cut it if you want to scale digital process automation across the enterprise

To those unfamiliar, Business Process Management (BPM) tools are supposed to help you manage business processes more efficiently. However, to an unfamiliar and non-technical user BPM can be extremely complicated and may not actually make it any easier for you to manage your business processes.

BPM solutions often have too many features, come with a steep learning curve, and are hard to maintain. Rather than supporting automation, they become a chokepoint in the entire process - wasting time, money, and leaving you exposed to significant risk.

Much like trading your Honda in for a Ferrari - you spend so much time figuring out how to get it started that you don't actually get to drive it.

To realize your organizational goals around process automation, you need a tool that is simple, focused, and integrates with your existing RPA techstack. The tool needs to be intuitive from the get-go and immediately drive improved efficiencies and simplicity.

How Blueprint is Different from Traditional BPM/iBPMS Solutions

When many of our customers were first evaluating Blueprint's Enterprise Automation Suite and its ability to help them scale digital process automation initiatives to model more complex, end-to-end business processes, they asked us how our platform differed from the traditional BPM/iBPMS tools they were used to seeing on the market. In the end, it comes down to three main differentiators - simplicity and ease of use, focus, and the quality of our integrations.

1. It's simple and easy to use

Blueprint was purposefully designed to be simple and easy-to-understand.

The biggest challenge with BPM tools is that vendors add too many features into their products without realizing that most users will likely never use them or even attempt to understand them. Beyond that, their complexity means only engineers can actually figure out what's going, so non-technical stakeholders have to wait in line until their ticket comes up. Not only is the business at risk to error during this waiting period, but employees and customers will both grow in frustration.

Blueprint keeps it simple. It was designed with non-technical users in mind so that they can rapidly design and optimize critical business processes with no down time, and then quickly feed those optimized processes into their RPA tool of choice for automation, giving RPA developers an invaluable head start. Blueprint gives knowledgeable end-users the necessary tools to create their own applications without IT involvement or intervention. This offers several benefits:

  • Fit - No one knows what a business user needs better than that person. When users create applications they fit their purposes.
  • Speed - Citizen developers don't want to wait for IT to approve applications, specs, data access or anything else. With Blueprint they don't have to; they do the work and the result right away.
  • Cost - IT saves money on developers when non-technical users build applications.

Blueprint's easy-to-use interface leverages drag-and-drop functionality, best of class visual process modeling, and a centralized repository to help your teams save time, stay aligned on organizational objectives, and maximize the delivery of business value.

Learn more: Creating models in Blueprint


2. It's focused

Blueprint is focused on design.

BPM tools often take a 'one tool fits all' approach. They lack the necessary focus to actually reduce complexity in business process modeling and effectively streamline automation efforts. By trying to do a little bit of everything, they end up doing a lot of nothing; leaving your organization vulnerable to costly errors, wasted time, and lost business value.

Blueprint offers an intuitive solution that is entirely focused on reducing the complexity of business process modeling and streamlining your automation efforts. Blueprint's Business Process Modeler makes it easy for citizen developers to capture, connect, optimize, and communicate processes. Blueprint's visual modeling capabilities makes it easy to design business processes, value streams, and customer journeys from scratch.

Because Blueprint is not focused on the development or orchestration phases of your automation journey, you can be confident that your business processes are designed and modeled optimally. Blueprint's keen focus on design makes it significantly easier for your teams to adjust to market changes, ensuring your bots are always running smoothly.

3. It integrates tightly with Process Mining and RPA tools for seamless inputs and outputs of critical data

Blueprint seamlessly integrates with leading process mining and discovery tools, as well as leading RPA development platforms.

To reduce complexity, you don't want your tool sitting beside the dozens of other applications you already have; you want it to integrate. Unfortunately, this is not the case for BPM tools. Building an integration between many BPM tools and your techstack often requires manual support from developers. These delays mean automation efforts are stalled and 'swivel chair' tasks are still being performed across the organization.

Blueprint's tight, bi-directional integrations enable your teams to quickly extract critical information, optimize processes, and launch solutions to drive digital process automation at scale - without the support of an IT team.

Learn more: How Blueprint's RPA Integrations Take your Digital Workforce to the Next Level

Blueprint's tight integration inputs information from Visio, Word, whiteboards, and leading process mining and discovery vendors, meaning that the most accurate and up-to-date data is accurately traced and ready to be modeled within the Business Process Modeler. Blueprint's tight integration outputs push optimized processes into RPA development tools to simplify the bot development process. This integration pushes all of the critical information housed in Blueprint, such as regulatory , functional, and non-functional requirements, into your RPA platform so that your developers have all the necessary context needed when building bots.

Learn more: Blueprint's integration with ABBYY and UiPath

Blueprint gives you the confidence in knowing your bots are not only fully optimized, but that you're able to manage any changes that may impact them should they arise.

Scale digital process automation more effectively with Blueprint

When you're trying to scale your digital process automation initiatives from discrete tasks up to enterprise scale complexity, you want to ensure your tools are going to increase efficiency and accountability, provide ease of use and visibility into multiple levels of business processes, and enable you to maximize the business value and ROI of your automation investments.

To learn how to take your digital workforce to the next level with enterprise-scale Digital Process Automation, download a copy of our Blueprint Enterprise Automation Suite datasheet or schedule your one on one demonstration today.