BPM and SOA are joined at the hip - 5 tips - next mobile bpm is coming.

on Wednesday, 15 May 2013. Posted in Blog, BPM

BPM and SOA are joined at the hip - 5 tips - next mobile bpm is coming.


Over time, business process logic became embedded in these custom applications, often undocumented code and proprietary data structures that were expensive to change, the business answer was to duplicate business functionality, which of course increased the difficulty and expense of changing code. That resulted in higher IT costs and growing IT backlogs.

In my view most companies are starting the adoption of a data/process governance model across the enterprise and have understood the important link between BPM and SOA.


BPM is a management discipline that documents business processes so that they may be consistently executed, by measuring, monitoring and controlling process performance this includes key inputs and outputs of process.

BPM is a way of building operational solutions. SOA is a thought model that helps decompose complex problems into well-defined and reusable components. BPM ends with a statement of the desired level of automationand SOA begins with the set of services that are available to support the desired automation.


Tip 1 – Provide your business analysts /architects with BPMN 2.0 and BPEL modeling for your enterprise projects

Tip 2 – Embrace your company methodology don’t drop it because of BPM or SOA modify the governance process and add the new deliverables into your existing company methodology.

Tip 3 – BPM and SOA follow what you design is what you execute” (WYDIWYE) model. This model eliminates synchronization problems between design and run time, traditionally when the analyst created his business requirements document and the Developer developed the RICE(Report, Interface, Conversion Extension) Communication/interpretation issues occured. With BPMN Technical and Business Analysts are using the same tools.

Tip 4 - Connect your Business Analyst to BPM to create a realistic road map for process transformation. Anytime I'm in a room filled with enterprise architects and business process professionals, there's often a healthy debate back and forth about who drives transformation across the enterprise. The truth of the matter is that architects are usually the ones tasked with designing and delivering business transformation. And architects are often found in both EA and Business teams.  If your Business Process initiative doesn't have an architect, make it a top priority to bone up on architecture in and look to add architecture skills to your process transformation activities.

Tip 5Here are guidelines for which business problems are best suited for SOA adoption


Business Characteristics Unlikely SOA Case Likely SOA Case
Process Rate Change



Shared Services



Business Transactional Model



Organizational Scope



Runtime Dynamics



Business Data











BPM next focus should go towards mobile.
But looking a few years ahead, there is a one technology that I believe will have an impact on the way BPM systems are built: Speech Recognition.


The business case is quite simple:
Most of the BPM solutions use forms.
Once forms were filled by pencil and paper, then came the electronic forms, then keyboards to fill in the forms, and now “Mobile” enables you to “tap” information into the forms.

Your thoughts what do you think... 


Below are some previous blogs on the topic of SOA and BPM:

Use BPM and SOA to drive out cost


Business Process Execution Language



SOA Architecture Strategy



Service Oriented Architecture (SOA)






Comments (12)

  • Megan Nguyen

    Megan Nguyen

    16 May 2013 at 01:05 |
    Interesting point did not think about this but it sounds logical using speech recognition, another interesting angle is the use of social bpm.
  • John Campbell

    John Campbell

    16 May 2013 at 01:18 |
    Thinking out aloud on BPM, I think in the next five years visio processes will significantly be reduced. Current problem in my company we dont know where the correct version of the process is located BPM has been a saviour since we implemented in 2011, it was painful at the start but now we are reaping the rewards. #5 is a solid tip I also think SOA is here to stay.
  • Mario Howard

    Mario Howard

    16 May 2013 at 01:38 |
    ERP is overhyped when it comes to processes, here is a link to the Gartner view: Gartner says ERP Only 20% of the Process are documented, BPM to the Rescue http://www.pnmsoft.com/gartner-says-erp-only-20-of-the-process-bpm-to-the-rescue/
    I also think mobile is the next logical step but i dont think speech recognition is mature enough to integrate, great blog!
  • Larry Crawford

    Larry Crawford

    17 May 2013 at 00:18 |
    Good blog! Mobile BPM never thought about it, but I must agree with your thought process.
  • Steve


    17 May 2013 at 02:45 |
    Mobile will rock the bpm world the same way web applications did in the beginiing of 2000
  • Stephen Chang

    Stephen Chang

    17 May 2013 at 17:49 |
    Good article, we started using bpm for our mobile applications, we use aris v9 works well, just bookmarked the site!
  • Michael


    18 May 2013 at 14:13 |
    I am a business analyst and I think bpm will become a powerful tool to use in my daily functions in the next 2 years. Good blog!
  • Mike Liang

    Mike Liang

    19 May 2013 at 00:06 |
    I think mobile will help to demystify bpm, i just bookmarked your site.
  • Carol Millard

    Carol Millard

    20 May 2013 at 14:32 |
    My view is similar to yours mobile will be standardized using BPM and then wearable computers like Google Glass will be next. Enjoy the critical and creative thinking you post on your blog!
  • Helen Joyce

    Helen Joyce

    12 June 2013 at 10:47 |
    A round of applause for your blog.Really looking forward to read more. Great.
  • Mario Bowles

    Mario Bowles

    12 June 2013 at 10:56 |
    Fantastic blog article.Really looking forward to read more. Great.
  • Gerald


    12 June 2013 at 11:06 |
    Great, thanks for sharing this article.Thanks Again. Great.

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