Business process analysis is a key part of ERP evaluation and selection. The first step in a business process improvement project is the analysis of existing processes. When companies decide to consider improving business processes, this is where they start.
Ultra provides a methodology to review and analyze existing business processes for companies that want to improve their business processes.
The methodology begins by structuring business processes with a top down diagram. The first level of review identifies the top hierarchy of business processes. Process users are identified. The most knowledgeable users are interviewed. The output of the interview is the development of business process mapping, which shows the flow of information and the interaction of the users in other departments.
As the maps are being produced, a business process consulting team will facilitate the analysis of the business process.
Components of a Business Process Analysis
- Key performance metrics
- Redundant processes, data, and data entry (waste)
- Value of process
- Problems with the process
- Areas for improvement
Business Process Analysis Next Steps
Business process analysis is the key first step to the improvement of business processes. It provides the structure and information needed for the development of new and improved business processes.
Ultra’s business process analysis methodology is placed before ERP selection for this very purpose – clean up the current state, implement process improvements, and deliver a confident business case that justifies moving forward with ERP.
With a BPI approach, the operational efficiency is positioned at a new level of performance which will reduce the need for adding resources to handle any incremental demand.
Ultra’s manufacturing clients consistently report that the tangible benefits in Ultra BPI services far outweigh the costs several times over and are realized in a short period of time (typically a matter of days/weeks).
With these factors in mind, and as independent ERP consultants with decades of specific experience in this sector, we encourage our clients to stay engaged in BPI to drive efficiencies into the business and continue the progress until the forecast improves.