During the recent economic turbulence businesses have shifted their priorities for business performance management (BPM), according to analysis by Archstone Consulting, a division of The Hackett Group. Faced with resource constraints and marketplace uncertainty, leading companies have worked to optimize their business performance management implementations and derive greater business value from them. Examples of emerging business performance management priorities include:

  • Expand the range of economic goals for BPM. Leading companies are looking beyond the traditional efficiency/productivity focus and leveraging their business performance management systems toward other measurable economic values such as cash and working capital; product, channel, and customer profitability; vendor and category spend; and margin performance.
  • Share BPM knowledge across the enterprise. Often business performance management systems are implemented and utilized differently across business and functional units within an enterprise. Some companies are recognizing the great opportunity for learning and improvement by breaking down the silo mentality and sharing hard-earned BPM insights across the enterprise.
  • Develop better BPM support structures. In an effort to support their business performance management systems in a cost effective manner and to maximize the business value of such systems, some leading companies are turning to new organizational models such as centers of excellence.
  • Standardize enterprise-critical data. Failure to reconcile data definition discrepancies across different units of the enterprise is one of the major reasons that some companies get less value than they could from their business performance management systems. When certain data is important to answering enterprise-wide performance questions, it's essential that the data be standardized across all business and functional units.

Across these and other emerging business performance management priorities, the common questions that companies must grapple with are: Is our BPM support model the most efficient and effective alternative for our organization? Does our BPM implementation align with leading practices? If not, what is the potential for improvement?

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