To every business, there are various aspects to it which includes the suppliers, the workforce, the target market, the products, etc. But one thing is for sure, all businesses have their very own unique processes when it comes to doing business.
Let’s take an example of hiring a new staff. Company A would ensure they go through a process whereby all candidates are required to go through at least 3 rounds of interviews and given a score accordingly by each interviewer. Only after all candidates have gone through all interviews would they make a decision to hire based on how well the interviewee scored. Company B on the other hand would just interview and offer the job based on looks and personality. When it comes to the hiring process, all organizations would do it differently depending on costs and requirements. Image by Johnny Goldstein.
I personally believe that a business that adopts a proven process which is continually improved over time has an advantage over its competitors. Having proper processes in place helps the entire organization to be consistent, detailed and most importantly focused. An organization that has little predefined processes usually results in:
- Bad service / product quality
- Late delivery
- Inconsistent deliverable
- Frustrated employees
The bottom line, Unhappy Customers!
If your organization is currently running without proper processes in place, it’s not too late to start. A good way to begin would be to utilized business process modeling software. In case you’re wondering how a bpm modeling software helps, at the very least, you will be able to create a process model diagram which can be distributed to staffs for them to be aware of and to implement. Some software can even go the distance to assist in automating the process through systems / web applications.
If this excites you, then the following are four free business modeling software to try and evaluate:
TIBCO Business Studio is a Free Business Modeling Software with the purpose to unify modeling, management, simulation and implementation of a process within an environment.
Within one process, different views can be generated. One for IT while another for business definitely encourages collaboration between the two entities. With both working hand in hand, you can be assured of a seamless and flawless process automation.
Some key features of TIBCO Business Studio includes suppport for XPATH and XSLT, inline sub processes for performance optimization, supports additional workflow patterns, etc.
Bizagi Process Modeler is one of the easiest to use process modeling software in the BPM Market. The software’s drag and drop features makes it very user friendly, even a non technical person is able to create and map out processes.
If you’re looking for a process modeler which supports any of the following languages: chinese, japanese, russian, italian or dutch, then Bizagi Process Modeler has these languages supported.
Some key features of Bizagi Process Modeler includes BPMN notation support, ability to create quality processes documents in word or pdf, export / import process information from Visio, XPDL or images. Once your processes have been modeled, it can be automated through the Bizagi Studio which includes the entire BPM lifecycle.
Questetra BPM Suite is more than just a modeling software – it’s an entire BPM Suite. The free version of this software allows a maximum of 10 processes to be executed concurrently.
With Questetra BPM Suite, you can draw design process diagrams, customize interface, import and export process archives and more. From the user’s perpective, he / she will firstly be authenticated before being allowed to access the system. Once logged in, the user can check offered tasks, view the lists of undertaken and allocated tasks.
For administrators, they can easily monitor the statuses of the processes, whether the tasks have been completed, etc. As for system administration, user management, data backup and access / audit logs are all part of the this ready made bpm suite.
Read a quick review on Questetra BPM Suite.
Bonita Open Solution is an intuitive and powerful open source business process management solution which is applicable for simple to complex processess.
The Bonita Studio which meets the business process management notation standard (BPMN) is part of the Bonita Open Solution which includes the Bonita Execution Engine and Bonita User Experience.
One strong point about Bonita Open Solution is its great user experience which is quite similar to your standard email Inbox for you to easily and quickly organize your work, follow up on tasks / cases and collaborate with colleagues.
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So here you go, four Free Business Process Modeling Software for you to try and evaluate. Enjoy!