First, can we get past all the initials? BPM, CPM and EPM are all acronyms for more or less the same thing. Usually "B" means business, "C" means corporate and "E" means enterprise. Real confusion sets in when you look at the use of "P" and "M" in these acronyms. "P" typically stands for either performance or process. "M" typically means management or measurement. Sometimes it means metrics. These six letters could refer to 18 potential combinations. And I just heard about BPS the other day!

I'm being a little facetious here - but not much. To be fair, the area of business process management is pretty separate from "x" performance management. Leading companies seek to connect performance management and process management; that integration is beyond the scope of this article.

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