The Power of Simplicity…….FlowForma BPM

Albert Einstein once said “Everything should be made as simple as possible, but no simpler”. This can be applied to different industries and technologies but is becoming increasingly relevant within the Business Process Management technology space.

Recent technology market analyst reports present a concerning trend whereby they identify that ‘Traditional BPM tools are not keeping pace with the constant business change of today…’

These traditional BPM platforms are incredibly deep technical tools, with an array of technical components for software developers to utilise and to implement the ultimate business process solution for the enterprise. But, with this deep technical array of features focusing on the ‘software developer’s tool-kit’, they are re-enforcing complexity and therefore, missing a trick as inferred by the industry analysts. The ability to implement processes in an expedient manner and, even more importantly, easily modify these complex technologies in line with business change is a real issue.

FlowForma BPM is a product, proven to address this business challenge.

Flow Forma BPM

FlowForma BPM focuses on the core functional elements of Business Process technology platforms, with a keen eye for making the use of these components simple.

Our mandate was to make a powerful Business Process Management tool, simple to use. Effectively to make it a BPM tool for analysis professionals who are directly connected to the business. There is a significant amount of power within the product, though it is delivered through a very straight forward, user friendly interface. As more features are added, it becomes increasingly difficult to focus on simplicity. It takes a lot of extra effort to present detailed features simply and intuitively but we remain committed to maintaining this quality in our system. A key part of this simplicity is focusing on the business process handoffs, i.e. what information is passed between the process steps.

To put this in context, have you ever walked into a ‘war-room’ where a detailed process diagram is presented on the wall, joined together by many sheets of A4, were every contributor shakes hands and agrees they’ve cracked the process? I agree there should be some form of high-level analysis of the steps within the process but when it comes to analysing the detail moving from one step to another [i.e. the handoffs], the workflow diagrams do not handle this well. FlowForma BPM addresses this through their innovative Flow Designer tool, allowing the handoffs to be prototyped quickly, played back to the audience and then refined for live deployment. The speed from design through to delivery is incredibly impressive. This is a fundamental shift in approach versus the traditional BPM players, and, more importantly, is working. Powerful simplicity.

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Flow Forma -Logo _CMYK Established in 2012, FlowForma supports organisations in adhering to consistent business process management, improved organisational efficiency and productivity through innovative technology. Headquartered in Dublin with offices in London and Lithuania, FlowForma is a subsidiary of Irish IT solutions provider, Ergo.

Dedicated to helping its customers in making the complex simple, May 2013 saw FlowForma launch its first product FlowForma BPM, a self-service business process management tool sitting on the Microsoft SharePoint platform. As a hybrid solution, FlowForma can help you operate on-premise or via Office 365. FlowForma BPM has developed a strong customer base across Ireland and the UK including Kings Hospital, Total Produce and Grant Thornton.
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