It is not uncommon for companies poised to adopt business performance management to lack a vision - a comprehensive, long-range picture - of how BPM can truly help their enterprise.

We frequently meet IT executives at informational workshops or Webcasts on the subject of BPM. Some have the impression that BPM is no more than a business intelligence (BI) add-on, and some have the mistaken expectation that it will be priced as a reporting tool rather than an enterprise-wide information system. This misperception becomes readily apparent when otherwise sharp IT professionals visit their preferred Internet chat rooms and post inquiries such as, "I want to build a BPM dashboard on top of our existing enterprise resource planning [ERP] system. Should I choose Company A or Company B?" The core issue is that technology is only one part of an overall BPM solution.

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