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Basics of Business Process Modeling

Business process modeling is becoming progressively more relevant. Everyday businesses aspire to make organizational changes that will boost their firms and drive them forward.

However to make a change that will really make a difference, you need to have a clear understanding as to what your business currently does – in every area.

As companies move expand quickly, few truly understand the way things are done, and that’s where business process modeling  is vital.

It’s a concept that some aren’t familiar with, so below we’ve summed up some of the frequently asked questions to get you started.

What is business process modeling?

A business process is an activity or set of activities designed to achieve a specific goal, and your organization has thousands of them!

For example, if your company delivers goods to customers, the business process is the numerous steps and actions taken to get the items from your warehouse to the customer.

If you don’t understand what your business processes are, there is a real risk that members of your organization all do things differently – some effectively and efficiently, but others in more time-consuming ways that don’t benefit  your business.

By modeling your business processes, you can know the activities being undertaken and identify the best way to do each one.

What are the benefits of business process modeling?

Most organizations understand what they need to do to get the results that they want, at least at a basic level. But clunky processes, inefficient teams, lack of information and poor communication frequently get in the way.

Employees who spend time fighting fires, hunting for data and reacting to unnecessary roadblocks are prevented from executing your strategic objectives. This is a huge factor in lethargic time to markets and stops businesses from effectively moving forward.

The aim of business process modeling is to standardize your processes and the ways in which people communicate, as well as to improve knowledge sharing.

By doing so, you have a much better understanding of what everyone is doing, you share best practices more effectively, and can implement business changes easier.

How can erwin help with business process modeling?

Working with the chief operational officer, the operations team and others, erwin’s consultants can assist in business process modeling by documenting existing business processes, designing an improved process flow, and building a plan for moving forward with organizational change.

erwin can help you do this simply and swiftly, so you don’t miss out on opportunities for growth. Our workshop approach – with our people and tools – lets us hold up a mirror and do a quick assessment.

We can capture the models and show you a picture of your organization far faster than you can and often in a way you’ve never seen before, giving a third-party objective perspective vital to moving your business forward.

If you would like help you with your business process modeling, get in touch with us today.

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