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Business Process Modelling is the activity to represent processes of an enterprise which can be used to analyze and improve current business practices. This is typically performed by the analysts and managers, who seeks to improve business practices. The techniques to model business practices emerged from beginning of 20th century. Gantt Charts were the first among the rest to arrive. Now the companies are more focused on processes than the functions and procedures because once the right processes are in place, business can be driven in right pace.

Below are few questions and their answers with regard to Business Process Modelling,

  • What is a Business Model?

A Business Model is the representation of real things which is built to a certain scale and level of detail which represent a snapshot of current business requirements. Models are representation of what happens or happened or should happen.

Business Model must contain only relevant information such as current business reality, business goals. Business modelling must be prioritized according to the most relevant business needs. It should be flexible, re-usable, sustainable and comparable to other business practices.

  • Why a Business Process Modelling is required?

Enterprises model their business to examine the processes across their lines of business to discover their potentials and current needs. They capture business process to understand how they work, who are involved and how activities flow from beginning to end.

Many businesses want to improve their business processes to reduce inefficiencies, drive down costs faster turn-around time for their customers. A re-design of the process can be done only after understanding of current business processes.

Business Process Modelling aims to improve business performance by optimizing the efficiencies of connected activities in a business.

  • What makes a good model?

A model needs to be good in content perspective with regard to business scenarios. The quality of content of a model depends on how close the model is with respect to business reality, is the model complete for the end user or business user to give a reality check of current processes, is the model sustainable according to business needs and is the model structurally consistent.

A Model should be unambiguous, easy to read, easy to understand, it should be uniform and almost a replica of current or to be business processes.

In my next blog I will talk about what are the tools by which we can model business processes.