ProcessCODI - A SmartWork Platform based on Social Patterns

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  • 1. uEngine.org White paper ProcessCODI – A SmartWork Platform based on Social Patterns JaeHoon Lee, Ph.D uEngineSolutions, Senior research engineer June/2011 1. Why social pattern? It is the AGE of Social Network! We see exploding social network articles, conferences, services, andexperts everywhere. As usual, media and newsmakers are forcing companies to have interest in social network.Will the social network be the final goldmine of business or disappear as another fad? Before having tools of social network services (SNS), we already have used social network naturally in ourdaily life. We make relationships with people, communicate and interact with them, share useful information.Although modern business processes in companies are specialized and standardized, it is always required toutilize the resources and information existing outside organizations. Now they are visualized and digitalized bythe social tools, and our interest is how to utilize them in business effectively. Figure 1 Role of ProcessCODI for smart works Technically, there are two views on utilizing social networks. One is “How to raise the value of a companythrough social networks” and the other is “How to reduce and prevent potential problems from use of socialnetworks”. Using social networks is undoubtedly promising, but need to be managed at the same time. To
  • 2. manage them, they should be “discovered”, “visualized”, “standardized”, “defined”, “planned”, and finally“improved”. Interestingly, these concepts are closed to those of BPM methodology. Moreover, because socialnetworks are bigger structure than an enterprise, the patterns of social business processes may be much morecomplicated. In this article, we call them as “Social Patterns”. Social patterns make an important role in decision-making when a business unit tries to utilize socialnetworks. According to the types of social patterns that a company has, their management can either createvalues or cause losses. For example, use of social networks for managing customers is a great trend for recenton-line B2C companies. On the other hands, companies that have severe security policies have to be prudentwhen to adopt social networks. In the previous paper, we figured a social pattern named “Smart worker’sbusiness process”. As shown in Figure 1, business environment consists of the inside of an organization whichhas hierarchical structure, formal data and tasks, enterprise systems, and the outside which has horizontalnetworks, informal data, and distributed systems. One of the biggest obstacles of smart works is that these two areas are separated by the firewall of anorganizational boundary. ProcessCodi makes pipelines into this wall so that smart workers can retrieveinformation through them. In addition, ProcessCodi controls the issues on the outer flow which is related tosecurity and the inner flow which is related to information quality or copyright. As a consequence, socialpatterns refer to the flow of value in using social networks by companies. 2. How social patterns are created and used Social patterns are categorized by the target to be mainly utilized by a business unit. They can be humannetworks or opened information outside a company. Human networks are used to encourage participation ofdomain experts or promote a product or a service to potential customers. Patterns using opened information areto capitalize open contents as knowledge of a company through mash-ups. Let’s see examples. Issue tracking through collective intelligence Figure 2 Issue tracking through collective intelligence The pattern shown in Figure 2 can be used in an IT service company or a consulting firm. 1) An employeewho encounters a trouble will raise an issue by updating “My status” on a SNS. 2) Experts who have interest inthe topic may respond to it and suggest their opinions. 3) After verification of the suggestions by relateddepartments, 4) the issue will be finished.
  • 3. Claim handling process based on SNS Figure 3 Claim handling process based on SNS This pattern can be utilized in manufacturing or sales industries. Also, this is one of the improved types ofbusiness process in brand marketing. 1) If a customer complaint in SNS appears, 2) a CS department may detectand analyze it, and 3) raise an issue to the related departments. 4) These cases are stored in the database, and 5)the results be notified not only to the customer 6) but also to SNS to prevent similar claims. Product image analysis Figure 4 Product image analysis This pattern is for a company which uses open contents frequently. 1) To analyze the image of a product, 2) acompany searches the related slides from Slideshare, 3) blogs, 4) movie clips from Youtube, 5) and makes areport by mash-ups to make as an asset of the company.
  • 4. Document management in open source project Figure 5 Collaborative document management in open source project This pattern may be used in a SW company or community based on open source. 1) After starting a project,the PM group opens the project documents to Wikipedia. 2) These documents may be supplemented byparticipants and 3) open content mash-ups. 4)5) When they have matured quality, they will be publishedofficially by PM groups. 3. How Social BPM implements social patterns Social patterns span over organizations, users, and systems in wide area, thus they have to be implementedby integration of SNS, e-mail, knowledge management, BPM. Social BPM is a powerful tool to provide theseintegrated functions. Let’s see examples through ProcessCODI - the Social BPM tool. Integration of SNS and business processes Figure 6 Integration of SNS and business processes
  • 5. The basic function of Social BPM is to get external workers involve into the internal business processes. Todo so, the organizational chart of BPM should include information of SNS users. Figure 8 shows a contact list ofProcessCODI which can include potential users for a task. If you have an expert about your job amongFacebook friends, he/she can be involved into the task. At this time, ProcessCODI can control security problemsby forcing the participants to get steps of approval. Communication and seamless business processes Figure 7 Communication and seamless business processes Business tasks are often to start from a time point when he/she gets an email. ProcessCODI provides anintegrated work list including workitems, emails, chatting, and SNS communication. A business process can betriggered at the point of taking a workitem. In this point, participants for the process can be added flexibly, andthe whole contents are stored and managed as process instances. Figure 8 Strategy mind-map and knowledge mash-up The core knowledge of a company is an enterprise strategy. A mind-map enables smart workers to
  • 6. implement, understand, and share a strategy. The practical method to connect a strategy to business inProcessCODI is to connect processes from a node of a mind-map. Also, key nodes of a mind-map can betransformed as a strategy map so that they can view in a Navigator, which allows managing knowledge andprocesses in an integrated environment. 4. The goal of ProcessCODI: Smartwork Figure 9 ProcessCODI as a smartwork platform Social patterns are a way to SMART USE of resources and information in both the inside and outside of anorganization. And ProcessCODI is an integrated approach and tool for smart work. ProcessCODI provides asmart worker right resources at right time so that he/she can concentrate his/her own value added jobs.Consequently, ProcessCODI aims at integration of technologies and methodologies, and finally a total platformfor smart works. About the author JaeHoon Lee, Ph.D Dr. JH Lee has spent almost five years in the area of BPM in both theory and application. He has the recordsof academic research papers for BPM in various industries such as medical, quality engineering, and appliedstatistics. Recently, Dr. Lee has been working with uEngine.org, which is one of the world famous open-sourceBPM projects.