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BP Logix: innovative work co-ordination for time-sensitive situations

Blog: MWD's Insights blog (BPM)

BPM technology specialist BP Logix provides a process application platform called Process Director that will be particularly interesting to any organisation looking to build support systems for business processes that need to be able to be reshaped and re-prioritised to maximise service delivery.

Process Director is an integrated BPM technology platform combining design tools and a runtime platform that delivers workflow, rules, form and task management, content management and reporting and dashboarding functionality. The core feature of interest in Process Director is the Process Timeline, which is almost unique in the BPM technology universe. Process Timeline is, to simplify, a way of modelling and then managing automated task and process flows through a Gantt-chart metaphor. Rather than specifying a sequence of activities by explicitly linking them together in a flow diagram (whatever the flow notation), using the Process Timeline you don’t explicitly represent activity sequences at all; instead, you specify activity preconditions. As a trivial example, you might specify: ‘this activity B cannot start until activity A completes’.

In operation, Process Director will estimate the timing of completion of process instances, based on historical performance data relating to activities and phases within those processes; timing estimates appear on the Process Timeline graphically (just as they do in project management tools that use Gantt charts).

BP Logix first released Process Director in 2010. The company currently has over 200 customers, and under 50 employees. The company is privately-held with no external investment. The company is profitable, and has grown year-over-year for each of the past five years.

This is an extract from a report by Research Director Neil Ward-Dutton.

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