SharePoint Workflow And BPM Solutions: What's the difference?
What’s the difference?<br />SharePoint Workflow and BPM Solutions<br />
Workflow technology in short…<br />… can help you design a series of tasks that can be processed by humans or machines.<br />… can help track and disseminate tasks within the predesigned process.<br />… can notify people and systems of the current status of a task.<br />… can help you monitor the state of the process through visualizations like key performance indicators.<br />
Business Process Management technology in short…<br />… should be able to do everything Workflow technology can do and more…<br />… encompasses tools that help you define, measure, analyze, improve & control (DMAIC) end to end processes that span any man or machine.<br />… enables you to gain insight into the performance of your processes over many iterations and extended periods of time.<br />… is constantly evolving.<br />inrule.com<br />
What kind of workflow technology is available for SharePoint?<br />Out of the box:<br /><ul><li> Approvals
Declarative, No-Code Workflows (SharePoint Designer)</li></ul>Or you can buy a 3rd party solution…<br />
What kind of BPM technology is available for SharePoint?<br />Out of the box:<br /><ul><li>Nada…</li></ul>You’ll probably want to get comfortable with BizTalk…<br />Or you can buy a 3rd party solution…<br />
When you’re shopping for a SharePoint workflow or BPM solution, just remember…<br />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.<br />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.<br />So in a nutshell…<br />