Business Process Re-Engineering

What Does Business Process Re-Engineering Mean?

Business process re-engineering refers to the analysis, control and development of a company’s systems and workflow. The principal idea behind business process re-engineering is that a company is a collection of processes that evolves over time. Business processing re-engineeringengineering gained prominence in the 1990s, but has re-emerged as business software and enterprise applications have provided more in-depth analytics with which to evaluate business systems.


Techopedia Explains Business Process Re-Engineering

Since the evolution of processes is a product of the pressures at the time, they may no longer be the optimal process for the current environment. Consequently, business process re-engineering sometimes involves scrapping and/or drastically altering existing systems and processes in order to create the best processes to fit current business needs.

Business process re-engineering for enterprise purposes, for example, often involves retiring old databases in favor of an enterprise data warehouse. The database can then be coupled with enterprise class applications such as enterprise resource planning, customer relationship management, and so on, effectively replacing all the previous systems.


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