PLATINUM BPwin is a powerful modeling tool used to
analyze, document, and improve complex business processes. A BPwin
model lets you clearly document important factors such as what activities
are needed, how they are performed, and what resources are needed. This
provides an integrated picture of how your organization gets things done,
from small department workflow models to complex node tree diagrams. And
if you are building or purchasing software, business process models serve
as excellent requirements documentation, helping to ensure that your IT
investments fulfill business needs. A business's complex processes often
require teams of analysts, and PLATINUM provides the environment to help.
BPwin is scalable to support enterprise business models through
its integration with PLATINUM ModelMart, the industry-leading model management
system. And, BPwin process models can be synchronized with PLATINUM
ERwin data models, allowing you to verify that your information
resources optimally support your business processes.
Optimize Processes and Information
with Business Strategy
BPwin models provide the framework for understanding your business
processes, determining the impact of business events and defining how your
processes interact with the data flowing through your organization. Inefficient,
wasteful, or redundant activities can be easily detected and subsequently
improved, replaced, or eliminated n accordance with your corporate objectives.
An external force on an organization often causes change. The impact of
the change must be fully understood and communicated before a system can
be designed to accommodate it. BPwin can help you throughout this
cycle by allowing you to design the optimized business process that encompasses
Enjoy Powerful, Easy-to-Use Process
With BPwin, you can be productive almost immediately. Activities
and other common objects can be created with a few mouse clicks, and relocated
with drag-and-drop ease. BPwin's "explorer" facility makes
navigating and editing complex hierarchical process models easier than
ever. Enhanced zooming capabilities allow a user to quickly focus on the
portion of a process model on which they need to work.
BPwin automates many of the housekeeping tasks usually associated
with building process models and provides the logical rigor needed to ensure
correct and consistent results. BPwin maintains arrow associations
across diagrams, so they remain consistent as your model changes. Dynamic
object highlighting guides you as you build your model, and prevents you
from making many common modeling mistakes. In addition, BPwin supports
User Defined Properties that let you capture information relevant to your
In addition, flexible font, color, and other presentation options give
your documents more impact. You can view and print an overview of your
model using node tree diagrams. Variations in design or problem areas can
be explored without committing changes to the core model using For Exposition
Only (FEO) diagrams. User-defined color palettes offer you the ability
to easily fine-tune your output to match the capabilities of your printer
or projection system without changing the model.
Using BPwin, you build a diagram that clearly shows business activities,
their results, and the resources needed to support them.
Understand Your Business from Multiple
BPwin supports function, dataflow, and workflow modeling in one
tool, integrating three key business perspectives to serve the needs of
both business and technology analysts. With function modeling, you can
systematically analyze your business, focusing on the tasks (functions)
that are performed regularly, the controls that exist to ensure they are
performed properly, the resources needed to perform a task, the results
of a task and the inputs (raw materials) on which the task operates. Dataflow
modeling, which is often used in software design, focuses on the flow of
data between various tasks, including how data must be stored to maximize
availability and minimize response times. Workflow modeling focuses on
a particular process, analyzing the individual tasks involved, and the
decisions that affect its progress.
BPwin supports function, dataflow and workflow modeling in one tool,
integrating three key business perspectives to serve the needs of both
business and technology analysts.
Benefit from Flexible Scoping of
Business process models can be very large if you're looking at an enterprise
view of your organization. BPwin has facilities to assist you in
incremental development and scoping of process models. Its merge capabilities
allow multiple design groups to analyze separate parts of the business,
so a global view can be easily created. Similarly, sometimes it is more
efficient to look at a defined part of a larger view. BPwin allows
you to split off pieces of the model, work on them, and then reintegrate
them back into the whole.
BPwin provides numerous ways to represent business processes so
that all involved with the modeling process can provide their unique perspective.
Analyze Cost and Performance Metrics
BPwin provides full support for activity-based costing (ABC), and
is optimized for process analysis. Comprehensive reporting and a bi-directional
interface with dedicated ABC tools makes it easier for companies to implement
an activity-based management strategy.
Reuse Models with Simulation Interface
for Dynamic Modeling
For complex operational environments, BPwin offers an interface
to simulation software that lets you reuse your BPwin models to
explore the time varying (dynamic) interactions of your business processes.
Resource allocations and process flows can then be optimized to meet your
target workloads. Simulation provides the ability to explore the effect
of change dynamically. Different scenarios can be tested before change
is implemented, ensuring an optimal solution to a business requirement.
Scale to the Enterprise with ModelMart
Designing processes that span the enterprise often requires teams of people
working together. ModelMart supports BPwin designers by providing
the ability to concurrently share and update the same models. It gives
users security, check-in, check-out, versioning, and change management
facilities that are critical to workgroup or enterprise-wide process modeling
ModelMart provides physical storage of BPwin model information in
a variety of relational database management systems. Easy to set up and
maintain, ModelMart is platform and network independent to easily integrate
into your existing environment.
BPwin integrates with PLATINUM ModelMart, the industry-leading model
management system. Among its many facilities, ModelMart provides change
control management so that individuals can see the impact of their work.
Synchronize Process Models with
A unique aspect of BPwin is its ability to verify that your information
architecture optimally supports your business processes. BPwin features
a bi-directional synchronization with PLATINUM's award-winning ERwin
database design tool. Use BPwin to further validate the quality
and consistency of your ERwin data models, capture important detail
about how and where the data is being used, and make sure that the right
information is available when and where it is needed. This integration
ensures that new distributed and data warehouse systems actually support
your business requirements. The exchange of modeling information between
BPwin and ERwin is further facilitated with ModelMart so
that entity and attribute information can be synchronized as a dynamic
part of business process modeling. Information introduced as part of this
synchronization can be managed with ModelMart's comprehensive change management,
impact analysis, and reporting capabilities.
Communicate Effectively Through
Developers, analysts, and end users can communicate effectively with PLATINUM
Model Navigator, a companion product to BPwin and ERwin.
Model Navigator provides dynamic, read-only access to models, as well as
full reporting capabilities.
Meets U.S. Government FIPS Standards
Used by successful Fortune 500 companies and Department of Defense agencies,
BPwin is fully compliant with Federal Information Processing Standards
(FIPS) for IDEF0 and also supports IDEF3 workflow diagramming. BPwin
also provides support for dataflow diagrams (DFD), which are represented
using the Gane & Sarson notational conventions.