Aligning BPM, SOA, and Lean Six Sigma for Real Business Results
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Overview: Lean Six Sigma (LSS) produces real results in difficult economic times by uncovering process waste, reducing non-value adding activity, and increasing productivity. The benefits are even felt in IT. According to the consulting firm McKinsey & Company, “companies can reduce application development and maintenance costs by up to 40%.” That application development productivity can be improved “by up to 50%” by applying LSS techniques, freeing budget for needed investments.
Business process management (BPM) and service-oriented architectures (SOAs) combine with LSS to accelerate improvements and results. At the same time, they increase organizational flexibility and technology enabled responsiveness.
Many successful companies have found that the linkages are clear. Early adopters who have worked their way past cultural and organizational barriers are seeing impressive performance and financial results:
_ Improved responsiveness to market challenges and changes through aligned and significantly more flexible business and technical architectures.
_ Improved ability to innovate and achieve strategic differentiation by driving change into the market and tuning processes to meet the specific needs of key market segments.
_ Reduced process costs through automation and an improved ability to monitor, detect, and respond to problems by using real-time data, automated alerts, and planned escalation.
_ Significantly lower technical implementation costs through shared process models and higher levels of component reuse.
_ Lower analysis costs and reduced risk through process simulation capabilities and an improved ability to gain feedback and buy-in prior to coding.
The rewards can be great.