The language curmudgeon . . .

Another obscure term confuses readers

Conrad Weisert
© Information Disciplines, Inc., Chicago -- 24 May, 2016

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"BPMS has been the traditional method for enterprise process automation. Now, though, all the buzz is about Low Code development platforms, which purport to provide much of the same functionality as BPMS with an added dimension—speed and agility."

I just received the above E-mail imploring me to investigate a new book about BPMS. So I tried to recall what BPMS is.

It sounds a bit like a disease ("My sister-in-law came down with a terrible case of BPMS"). It wasn't explained in the E-mail, so I did an Internet search for the term.

Aha! The Beach Park Middle School right nearby in the Chicago suburbs. But that didn't fit the E-mail solicitation from AgilePoint, which seemed to be about software development methodology. After a bit of Internet rummaging I found bpm.com, which explains rather defensively:

"Business Process Management (BPM) is a discipline involving any combination of modeling, automation, execution, control, measurement and optimization of business activity flows, in support of enterprise goals, spanning systems, employees, customers and partners within and beyond the enterprise boundaries."

Of course, old timers recall another term for that:   Systems Analysis.   I wonder if any universities are offering an advanced degree in BPMS or whether I can study for an examination to become a certified BPMSer.

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