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SharePoint Workflow And BPM Solutions: What's the difference?

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A few quick slides about the differences between SharePoint workflow and BPM solutions.

A few quick slides about the differences between SharePoint workflow and BPM solutions.

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  • 1. What’s the difference?
    SharePoint Workflow and BPM Solutions
  • 2. Workflow technology in short…
    … can help you design a series of tasks that can be processed by humans or machines.
    … can help track and disseminate tasks within the predesigned process.
    … can notify people and systems of the current status of a task.
    … can help you monitor the state of the process through visualizations like key performance indicators.
  • 3. Business Process Management technology in short…
    … should be able to do everything Workflow technology can do and more…
    … encompasses tools that help you define, measure, analyze, improve & control (DMAIC) end to end processes that span any man or machine.
    … enables you to gain insight into the performance of your processes over many iterations and extended periods of time.
    … is constantly evolving.
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  • 4. What kind of workflow technology is available for SharePoint?
    Out of the box:
    • Approvals
    • 5. Collect Feedback
    • 6. Collect Signatures
    • 7. Disposition Approval
    • 8. Three-state
    • 9. ……
    Extend your own custom workflows based on the Windows Workflow Foundation Engine:
    • Sequential Workflows (Visual Studio)
    • 10. State Machine Workflows (Visual Studio)
    • 11. Declarative, No-Code Workflows (SharePoint Designer)
    Or you can buy a 3rd party solution…
  • 12. What kind of BPM technology is available for SharePoint?
    Out of the box:
    • Nada…
    You’ll probably want to get comfortable with BizTalk…
    Or you can buy a 3rd party solution…
  • 13. When you’re shopping for a SharePoint workflow or BPM solution, just remember…
    SharePoint workflow solutions will help you implement and manage singular processes where the main focus of the activities reside within SharePoint but are not necessarily limited to SharePoint.
    A SharePoint BPM solution really isn’t focused on just SharePoint. It’s probably just using SharePoint as a platform and vehicle to deliver tools to help you model, implement, monitor and evolve your business processes across all enterprise systems.
    So in a nutshell…