BPM acronyms

Business Process Management (BPM) uses a lot of acronyms these are 72 of the most common acronyms you will find in BPM. See also bpm notation.

  • 6 M - Machine, Method, Material, Man, Measurement, Milieu
  • 4 P - Policies, Procedures, People, Plant/Equipment
  • 7PMG - Seven Process Modeling Guidelines
  • ABC - Activity-Based Costing
  • APQC - American Productivity and Quality Center
  • B2B - Business-to-Business
  • BAM - Business Activity Monitoring
  • BOM - Bill-of-Material
  • BPA - Business Process Analysis
  • BPEL - Web Service Business Process Execution Language
  • BPM - Business Process Management
  • BPMN - Business Process Model & Notation
  • BPMS - Business Process Management System
  • BPR - Business Process Re engineering
  • BTO - Build-to-Order
  • BVA - Business Value-Adding
  • CEO - Chief Executive Officer
  • CIO Chief Information Officer
  • CMMI - Chief Maturity Model Integrated
  • COO - Chief Process Officer
  • CRM - Customer Relationship Management
  • CT - Cycle Time
  • DBMS - Database Management System
  • DCOR - Design Chain Operations Reference
  • DES - Discrete-Event Simulation
  • DMS - Document Management System
  • EPC - Event-driven Process Chain
  • ERP - Enterprise Resource Planning
  • FIFO - First-In-First-Out
  • HR - Human Resources
  • IDEF3 - Integrated Definition for Process Description Capture Method
  • IT - Information Technology
  • ITIL - Information Technology Infrastructure Library
  • KM - Knowledge Management
  • KPI - Key Performance Indicator
  • NVA - Non-Value-Adding
  • OASIS - Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards
  • OMG - Object Management Group
  • PCF - Process Classification Framework
  • PD - Product Development
  • PDCA - Plan-Do-Check-Act
  • PO - Purchase Order
  • POS - Point-of-Sale
  • PPM - Process Performance Measurement
  • RBAC - Role-based Access Control
  • RFQ - Request for Quote
  • ROI - Return-On-Investment
  • SCAMPI - Standard CMMI Appraisal Method for Process Improvement
  • SCOR - Supply Chain Operations Reference Model
  • Smart eDA - Smart Electronic Development Assessment System
  • SOA - Service-Orientated Architecture
  • STP - Straight-Through-Processing
  • TCT - Theoretical Cycle Time
  • TOC - Theory of Constraints
  • TQM - Total Quality Management
  • UIMS - User Interface Management System
  • UEL - Universal Expression Language
  • UML - Universal Modelling Language
  • UML AD - UML Activity Diagram
  • VA - Value Adding
  • VCH - Value Creation Hierarchy
  • VCS - Value Creation System
  • VRM - Value Reference Model
  • WIP - Work-in-Progress
  • WfMC - Workflow Management Coalition
  • WfMS - Workflow Management System
  • WS-BPEL - Web Service Business Process Execution Language
  • WSDL - Web Service Definition Language
  • XES - Extensible Event Stream
  • XML - Extensible Markup Language
  • XSD - XML Schema Definition
  • YAWL - Yet Another Workflow Language

Further reading on BPM

Read an overview of BPM

Review the typical stakeholders in a BPM project

Dumas, M. La Rosa, Marcello. Mendling, Jan and Reijers, Hajo. 2013. Fundamentals of Business Process Management Hardcover. Springer.