Understanding Business Process Mapping

Words by Alex Matheson
Understanding Business Process Mapping

What is business process mapping (BPM)?

At its simplest, BPM is a way of documenting your business processes. However, it can be developed further to provide true insight, allow for automation and enable the elimination of inefficiency on an unparalleled scale.

Why use BPM?

By making use of BPM, any business can gain a greater understanding of their strengths and weaknesses. Having a means to properly evaluate each individual element of your business, how they fit together, and what the outcome of each process is is a powerful thing. It gives any business owner a clearer idea of where waste might be present, where successes are occurring and where efficiency can be improved.

Using BPM you can step back from micromanagement and take a holistic approach to improving your business. Each section of your company can be assessed on its processes and given autonomy. Once you have an understanding of each step needed to produce a result, you can begin improving those processes, cutting down on wasted time and maximising output.

What’s the best way to implement BPM?

While it’s completely possible to tackle BPM with a pen and paper approach, it would probably defeat the purpose. By using quality BPM software, you can map business processes that can be replicated and shared easily throughout your business.

Good BPM software will also allow you to harvest and analyse data from your company. By pulling data that illuminates how efficient each process is, where it can be improved and where it’s not working perfectly, the best BPM software can provide a window onto your potential business improvements.

As per current trends in technology and business best practice, internal autonomy and automation should be an ideal all companies strive for. Properly implemented BPM techniques and technology put the power into the hands of the humans you have working for you. They can map business processes, evaluate them as they’re run and learn from them to better improve efficiency in the future.

Automation can be achieved by using BPM to assign tasks to shop floor equipment or existing IT systems. Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) technologies and philosophies all point towards a blurring of the lines between physical and digital environments. BPM software enables that blurring further by allowing users to complete tasks, whether those users are employees or manufacturing machines or pieces of HR software.

How can Atlas help?

Atlas produces software as a service (SaaS) solutions that enable businesses to achieve complete digital transformation. With BPM at its core, Atlas Play stretches out into every aspect of the cutting edge.

Atlas Play is designed from the ground up with accessibility at its heart. Using a no-code philosophy, our software can be put to use by anyone, in any business, in any sector. Processes mapped in Atlas Play can be integrated across fixed PCs, networks, mobile devices, machines connected by the internet of things and more.

Atlas is backed by ATS Global, one of the largest engineering powerhouses in the world. As the innovation core of ATS Global, Atlas takes that wealth of industry excellence and creates solutions for tomorrow’s problems, today. Get in touch now and find out more about how Atlas Play can help your company map its journey to digital transformation.

Contact us today to find out more or schedule your demo right now and discover Atlas for yourself.