10 elements every production environment must have

1. Redundancy

Redundancy is probably one of the most important ingredients of a successful production environment. If a system or service is critical to the organization, either by producing revenue or preventing the loss of revenue, there should never be a single instance of it. Use the application as well as system redundancy to ensure you can withstand the loss of an entire server. Power and network connections should also be redundant. Some organizations even have entire site redundancies so they can run their operations in an entirely different location.

Cost is often cited as a factor against implementing robust redundancy, but keep in mind that investing in redundancy, while potentially painful at the onset, can reap hefty dividends down the road — even if only for the peace of mind it provides.

2. Disaster recovery capability

A “disaster” can have an ambiguous meaning. It refers to any unexpected misfortune or failure ranging from a crashed application to the loss of an entire site due to a power outage. Plan for disasters that will impact your ability to run a production environment and ensure you have appropriate solutions in place. Some examples:

  • Perform nightly backups of all systems and confirm restore functionality
  • Ship backup tapes/hard drives off-site (or copy data to the cloud so it will be accessible remotely)
  • Take snapshots of SAN volumes and virtual machines to be able to roll back to a known good state
  • Keep spare hard drives, network cards, and servers on hand for emergency situations
  • Install a generator to guard against power outages

3. Secure access

The incident involving the developer deleting a production database would never have happened had the company followed one simple guideline: only provide production access to individuals who actually need it, and configure permissions to match their job role. Store any system or service account passwords in a secured, centralized password database.

Unless someone is going to directly work in production from day one, don’t give them the key to do so. If they do need the access, determine whether “read” permissions are sufficient so they can’t actually change the data.

If employees with production access leave the company, make sure to disable or lock their accounts. If administrators with production access depart, change all the passwords involved such as root or administrator passwords.

4. Standardized access

There are a variety of methods to access production data; via a web browser, SSH connectivity, remote desktop, a Squirrel database client, secure FTP or various other methods. Ensure users have a standard method for production access involving the same client or portal.

5. Minimalism

Your production systems should contain only necessary services/applications. This means there will be less to troubleshoot and patch, and the simplicity will ensure a more predictable and manageable environment. This strategy will also reduce a potential attack footprint.

If applications or services are no longer in use, remove them.

6. A patching strategy

Speaking of patching, it’s a necessary evil. Develop a patching mechanism to ensure production systems are updated on at least a monthly basis.

Rebooting production systems is never anyone’s idea of a fun time, but suffering a data breach makes it look like a picnic by comparison. Besides, if you’re using redundancy, you should be able to patch and reboot a pair of clustered systems, for instance, with zero user impact. However, make sure to let at least a day or two pass before patching all redundant systems, just in case the patch produces an adverse impact which might obviate the protection you’ve implemented via redundancy.

7. Segregated networks

Your production systems should never be on the same network as your other servers, let alone your client workstations. Put them on their own dedicated subnet and maintain access through a firewall that permits only the desired systems to connect via only the necessary ports. This will help ensure security, as well as help, achieve the minimalism I mentioned above.

8. Change management

Change management is the process of documenting proposed changes and their expected impact then submitting a request for review and approval of the said change. Ideally, the request should list the affected systems, the plan for change, methods to validate the changes (both from a system administrator and end-user standpoint, and a backout plan.

9. Auditing, logging, and alerting

Many of the above steps become less effective or meaningless if you’re not using auditing, logging, and alerting. Every action taken on a production system should be recorded and, depending on the severity, should trigger an alert if appropriate. For instance, logging in as root should send a notification to IT staff and/or the security group so they can assess what’s happening and whether an illegal act is occurring.

The same applies to hardware that might be faulty. There’s a saying that “your users should be the last ones to know when production is down.

10. Appropriate documentation

Knowledge is a powerful thing, but the ability to properly share it with others is even more powerful. Staff turnover is a fact of life, and employees who depart with critical information about the production environment stored only in their brains represent a significant company loss.

Documentation of the production environment should be comprehensive and kept up to date. It should include hardware, software, networking details, vendor information, support information, dependencies upon other systems or applications, and any other details necessary to maintain order. Conduct quarterly reviews and ensure all staff responsible for the production environment are familiar with the documentation, and that it is safely backed up in the event of a disaster.

DevOps Capabilities

DevOps defines 8 capabilities that cover most of the important aspects for ensuring successful DevOps in practices, these capacities are:

  • Continuous Planning
  • Continuous Integration
  • Continuous Delivery
  • Continuous Operations
  • Continuous Quality
  • Continuous Security
  • Continuous Collaboration
  • Continuous Improvement

Continuous Planning

This ensures that planning for software releases is not something fixed and can change by time according to the delivered value. During the planning, all team members are actually involved in planning the work that needs to be delivered, prioritizing what is important to be in the next release or sprint. This capability including its practices is the best fit with Agile methodology to ensure incremental value creation through sprints.

Continuous Integration

The main idea of continuous integration is to minimize the time between code developed by one of the team members to be integrated with the main code repository for the whole software. So, each team member is integrating his/her work more frequently.

The benefits from that are huge, for example, ensuring that actually, the code is working with other components, nothing is broken, minimizing the bugs and errors that can be found during the code integration process, also minimizing the time to recover from issues as well, and other benefits too.

Continuous Delivery

It is mainly the frequency of software releases after the testing to be deployed to the production for usage by the end-users.

Most of us can relate this experience with massive daily updates in mobile applications, each day, I found at least 5 to 10 apps need an update. This implies how those applications’ owners are rapidly adding daily new features and enhancements to their applications.

Most of the legacy systems require manual deployment steps and if one step fails, it may require repeating the whole time-consuming process and it was a nightmare for the operations team and can take days and maintenance notice for customers which disrupts the business and harms companies revenue and in most cases produces huge losses.

When the final production deployment step needs to be triggered manually, we call this a Continuous Delivery, if the production deployment is automated without manual triggers and through automated pipelines, we call that a continuous deployment.

Continuous Quality

This capability needs an entire culture shift in how the organization is managing the software quality, it is about instead of assuring quality to continuous quality by not waiting until the acceptance test to ensure quality but embedding the quality early in the process which is known as Shifting left quality. This left-shift does not mean that we will not perform the normal testing process but it is important to balance them and start early in the process by ensuring requirements quality, code quality, and test automation across all types of testing, for example, unit, integration, system, regression, …etc.

Using a framework like Test Driven Development can enhance the quality of written code and also ensure that the requirements and user stories are testable. This will require also shared quality responsibilities between teams not only the testing team, so the quality is becoming each team member’s job.

Continuous Operations

Continuous operations is a capability to make sure that the organization is avoiding system downtime and outages due to any issue, fault, or damage. How will the system be resilient and reliable to be used? And how to maintain the system without affecting its operations and usage from the end-user.

Updates from operating systems, security patches, and integration services are almost changing every day. Managing these kinds of updates with even new deployments are important to ensure system availability without interruption. Technologies like cloud computing helped in achieving that.

Some important practices to achieve this capability are auto-failover, applications monitoring, and auto-scaling. Blue/green deployment is one of the famous practices to prevent having any downtime while upgrading or maintaining the system.

Continuous Security

The secure development life cycle is more important than ever, similar to the quality the security requires also a mindset shift and to become each role responsibility. This also needs to shift these security procedures, standards, policies, and assurance to the left of the life cycle. So, not having the security testing and code scanning at the end of the development.

Now, many tools can detect vulnerabilities in code while developing to highlight any security risks and ensure that the security policies and standards are followed. Not only that but even how to design the system from architecture, used technology, infrastructure, and data to be secured.

Continuous Collaboration

As we saw earlier that having all of these capabilities in place, will need strong team collaboration and alignment, from planning, testing, deployment, operations, …etc. to create this harmony. Most of the DevOps tools are now equipped with different collaboration tools and can integrate with other tools.

the collaboration on planning, task assignment, providing wikis for teams for the faster onboarding process. This will enable the involved team members to respond to the required changes even faster and prompt the interactions between them.

Continuous Improvement

Improvements are always required and most of the time, the team is very busy to pause and take some time to think about what needs to be improved.

So, this capability is important for the team to look over all the processes and practices used and spot what needs to be improved. Without proper measurement, you will not know exactly what needs improvement, so Defining proper metrics is important for continuous improvement.

What is DevOps?

DevOps is the combination of cultural philosophies, practices, and tools that increases an organization’s ability to deliver applications and services at high velocity: evolving and improving products at a faster pace than organizations using traditional software development and infrastructure management processes. This speed enables organizations to better serve their customers and compete more effectively in the market.

The DevOps workflow consists of 6 different phases:

  • Planning the next iteration of the product’s development
  • Building the code
  • Testing and deploying to the production environment
  • Delivering product updates
  • Monitoring and logging software performance
  • Gathering customer feedback

Let’s review The Benefits of DevOps.

Speed

Move at a high velocity so you can innovate for customers faster, adapt to changing markets better, and grow more efficiently at driving business results. The DevOps model enables your developers and operations teams to achieve these results. For example, microservices and continuous delivery let teams take ownership of services and then release updates to them quicker.

Rapid Delivery

Increase the frequency and pace of releases so you can innovate and improve your product faster. The quicker you can release new features and fix bugs, the faster you can respond to your customers’ needs and build a competitive advantage. Continuous integration and continuous delivery are practices that automate the software release process, from build to deploy.

Reliability

Ensure the quality of application updates and infrastructure changes so you can reliably deliver at a more rapid pace while maintaining a positive experience for end-users. Use practices like continuous integration and continuous delivery to test that each change is functional and safe. Monitoring and logging practices help you stay informed of performance in real-time.

Scale

Operate and manage your infrastructure and development processes at scale. Automation and consistency help you manage complex or changing systems efficiently and with reduced risk. For example, infrastructure as code helps you manage your development, testing, and production environments in a repeatable and more efficient manner.

Improved Collaboration

Build more effective teams under a DevOps cultural model, which emphasizes values such as ownership and accountability. Developers and operations teams collaborate closely, share many responsibilities, and combine their workflows. This reduces inefficiencies and saves time

Security

Move quickly while retaining control and preserving compliance. You can adopt a DevOps model without sacrificing security by using automated compliance policies, fine-grained controls, and configuration management techniques. For example, using infrastructure as code and policy as code, you can define and then track compliance at scale.

DevOps Security and DevSecOps

DevOps security, more commonly referred to as DevSecOps, refers to the discipline and practice of safeguarding the entire DevOps environment through strategies, policies, processes, and technology. The DevSecOps philosophy is that security should be built into every part of the DevOps life cycle, including inception, design, build, test, release, support, maintenance, and beyond.

Traditional security operates from the position that once a system has been designed, its security defects can then be determined and corrected before release. With the change to a DevOps model, traditional security practices occur too late in the development cycle and are too slow for the design and release of software built by iteration. Thus, they can become a major roadblock to delivering applications and services at speed.

With it, security becomes the focus of everyone on a DevOps team. DevSecOps has the goal of implementing security decisions at speed and scale without sacrificing safety. DevSecOps involves ongoing, flexible collaboration between release engineers and security teams. The concepts of “speed of delivery” and “building secure code” are merged into one streamlined process. Security testing is done in iterations without slowing down delivery cycles. Critical security issues are dealt with as they become apparent, not after a threat or compromise has occurred.

What is blockchain?

Blockchain is a system of recording information in a way that makes it difficult or impossible to change, hack, or cheat the system.

A blockchain is essentially a digital ledger of transactions that is duplicated and distributed across the entire network of computer systems on the blockchain. Each block in the chain contains a number of transactions, and every time a new transaction occurs on the blockchain, a record of that transaction is added to every participant’s ledger. The decentralised database managed by multiple participants is known as Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT).

Blockchain is a type of Distributed Ledger Technology in which transactions are recorded with an immutable cryptographic signature called a hash.

This means if one block in one chain was changed, it would be immediately apparent it had been tampered with. If hackers wanted to corrupt a blockchain system, they would have to change every block in the chain, across all of the distributed versions of the chain.

There are many different types of blockchains like:

  • Public blockchains: Public blockchains, such as Bitcoin, are large distributed networks that are run through a native token. They’re open for anyone to participate at any level and have open-source code that their community maintains.
  • Permissioned blockchains: Permissioned blockchains, such as Ripple, control roles that individuals can play within the network. They’re still large and distributed systems that use a native token. Their core code may or may not be open source.
  • Private blockchains: Private blockchains tend to be smaller and do not utilize a token. Their membership is closely controlled. These types of blockchains are favored by consortiums that have trusted members and trade confidential information.

All three types of blockchains use cryptography to allow each participant on any given network to manage the ledger in a secure way without the need for a central authority to enforce the rules. The removal of central authority from database structure is one of the most important and powerful aspects of blockchains.

When data is recorded in a blockchain, it’s extremely difficult to change or remove it. When someone wants to add a record to a blockchain, also called a transaction or an entry, users in the network who have validation control verify the proposed transaction

The Benefits Of Applying Blockchain Technology In Any Industry could be :

#1 Greater Transparency

Blockchain’s greatest characteristic stems from the fact that its transaction ledger for public addresses is open to viewing. In financial systems and businesses, this adds an unprecedented layer of accountability, holding each sector of the business responsible to act with integrity towards the company’s growth, its community and customers.

#2 Increased Efficiency

Due to its decentralized nature, Blockchain removes the need for middlemen in many processes for fields such as payments and real estate. In comparison to traditional financial services, blockchain facilitates faster transactions by allowing P2P cross-border transfers with a digital currency. Property management processes are made more efficient with a unified system of ownership records, and smart contracts that would automate tenant-landlord agreements.

#3 Better Security

Blockchain is far more secure than other record-keeping systems because each new transaction is encrypted and linked to the previous transaction. Blockchain, as the name suggests, is formed by a network of computers coming together to confirm a ‘block’, this block is then added to a ledger, which forms a ‘chain’. Blockchain is formed by a complicated string of mathematical numbers and is impossible to be altered once formed. This immutable and incorruptible nature of blockchain makes it safe from falsified information and hacks. Its decentralized nature also gives it a unique quality of being ‘trustless’ – meaning that parties do not need trust to transact safely. 

#4 Improved Traceability

With the blockchain ledger, each time exchange of goods is recorded on a Blockchain, an audit trail is present to trace where the goods came from. This can not only help improve security and prevent fraud in exchange-related businesses, but it can also help verify the authenticity of the traded assets. In industries such as medicine, it can be used to track the supply chain from manufacturer to distributor, or in the art industry to provide irrefutable proof of ownership. 

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Why using a company for your software development?

Choosing the right type of development partner is very important. You can hire a freelancer or a development company to build your software.

The main benefit of hiring freelance developers is affordability. You can find freelancers who can develop your app at a low rate. But, there are some serious disadvantages to hiring freelancers.

Building an app isn’t just limited to writing a few hundred lines of code. Many things need to be looked into, such as design, UI, UX, Architecture, Documentation, Security, Performance, DevOps.

If you decide to hire freelancers, you’ll need to find freelancers for your project’s different aspects. You might also need to manage the team all by yourself. But you won’t receive high-quality work and on-time delivery. And sometimes it cost you more because sometimes your projects may fail and you need to redevelop them.

On the other hand, a local app development partner can provide you with a slew of benefits. The main advantages of working with a development agency include:

  • Quality assurance
  • Efficient project management
  • All-inclusive services
  • Schedule and discipline
  • Deep involvement
  • Ease of communication
  • Accountability
  • Better architecture
  • Better performance
  • Better security
  • Extendibility of the software in the future
  • Standard and clean codding that help your product extend more easily

As for the cost, freelancers generally cost less but take longer, and in the long-term usage of the software and growing your business, you will cost more and sometimes it puts your business at fail risk when the number of the users will grow. while the local development firm may cost more at first but produce higher quality and faster results and in the long term, you will save the money and you will put yourself on the safe side

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Outsourcing Vs. In-House: What’s The Best Approach?

Whether you are an entrepreneur, a digital agency, or an enterprise planning for digital transformation, you must have found yourself at this crossroads. A crossroad that leads you to either of the two- hiring an in-house development team or taking your operations global through outsourcing. 

Let’s review the Pros of In-House Development

They are the people working beside you in your establishment. No matter what the issue, you can just rush to them and get things sorted in real-time. Working under the same roof, they have a greater understanding of what you want in the software development project

If you have a good hiring team and good managers then an in-house team could Fit Your Corporate Culture more They know exactly what the company wants to deliver or solve through the product being developed. 

You could get Real-Time Inputs From Team In case there is a critical project or a task that needs some changes.

You could have Face-To-Face Communication. There are minimum chances of misunderstanding and the results come out to be more effective and as expected.

Let’s review the Cons of In-House Development

With close communication and better cultural fit, there come some unavoidable cons as well. You require the overhead cost of setting up the required space and IT equipment for employing the team. 

You have to pay Greater Cost. For companies that are running on a tighter budget, hiring and setting up a team of developers could cause a fund crunch. Hiring The cost of expanding the space, putting up the techs, installing hardware and software could burn a hole in the company’s pocket. You might also have to include other expenses of hiring like sick leaves, training, employee benefits, etc.

They will be Limited Skill & Tech Stack. they might just not be up to the mark when it comes to the latest techs. You employ them and in case a new tech comes up, you either need to train them or let your competitors make better use of the technology.

You will face Higher Developer Turnover. The market is looking out for talent and developers would seize any opportunity that comes knocking on their door. The employee turnover in the developer community is thus, pretty high. Companies might have to chip in extra funds to retain the developers whom they have trained.

Let’s review the Pros of Outsourced Development

You will save Cost From Employee Hiring & Retention. The biggest cost for in-house development comes while headhunting and then when trying to retain the talent they’ve found.

You could Reduced Stress On The Core Resources. Outsourcing cleans out the work from their hand so that they can focus on the core competencies and work towards bettering the company’s main offerings.

You could hire an outsource company when you have a need.  If you want to develop your product or you want to add a feature when you need it then you could make a contract. You can not just hire or fire in-house team as per the requirement or performance

You could Delivery your product Quicker to Market. You no longer have to spend manhours in finding the right developers and then training them for the required tech.

You will access to different skills and technology experts part-time or full-time. In the software development process, you need different skills in your team. Hiring all of them full-time in an in-house team model is too hard. But with the outsourcing model, you access to all of them when it is needed.

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What is a Digital Transformation Strategy?

The question is how to put the critical elements of the Digital Transformation puzzle together. With puzzle elements such as changing the culture of IT, increasing awareness among stakeholders across the business, and bridging transformation to the company’s vision.

The digital transformation strategy consists of 6 different steps:

1. Ideate and Create a Compelling Digital Strategy

The first step is ideating, getting everyone involved, and finding out what Digital Transformation means for your company and what it can do for you.

At the heart of the Digital Transformation journey is to create value. When employees understand the meaning that Digital Transformation can bring in, they can quickly buy in and drive the change you need.

2. Aligning Digital Transformation with Business Goals

Once you have your digital strategy story in place, it is crucial to align it for a successful transformation. The approach is usually a top-down one.

As CEOs, you need to communicate the move and also outline the right outcomes. Digital Transformation cannot be driven out of IT only—you must completely align it with an organization’s vision, mission, goals, and values.

3. Document the Risks

There could be risks involved with Digital Transformation, and many companies are aware of this. Whenever you roll out a new internal application, there could be risks involved.

It is prudent that you discuss, analyze, and document the risks to track threats over a set period.

4. Run Pilot Tests

Once you’ve ideated your story, analyzed challenges and the technology, documented the risks, it’s time to run a pilot test with the technology.

Running proof-of-concept and pilot tests helps you identify impacts on your business and culture as you move forward with a solid plan. The tests will ensure that your stakeholders are ready for the Digital Transformation journey and your organization and employees know how to implement the project effectively.

5. Keep Analyzing the Impact

It is prudent that as a part of your digital transformation strategy, you keep analyzing the rollout. An excellent example is Artificial Intelligence (AI).

If an organization devised to use AI as a part of a sales process, they might see some gains, but with further analysis, they may realize the need to automate even more of the sales process.

Similarly, any Digital Transformation strategy will be most useful when you analyze further. The initiative will help you run your business smoothly.

6. Prepare for Culture Change

The most critical element is the cultural aspects of transformation. The biggest mistake will be to overlook the cultural change in a digital transformation journey. Give careful consideration to cultural facets of transformation, because at heart, it is a people challenge.

Preparing for culture change is a vital element in the Digital Transformation strategy. 

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What are the benefits of digital transformation

digital transformation is all about becoming a digital enterprise—an organization that uses technology to continuously evolve all aspects of its business models (what it offers, how it interacts with customers, and how it operates

Digital transformation can refer to anything from IT modernization (for example, cloud computing), to digital optimization, to the invention of new digital business models.” In general, it refers to the use of digital technology to materially evolve or create new business processes

What are Benefits of Digital Transformation

Increases productivity while reducing labor costs

Using technology to work more efficiently is one of the most impactful ways to transform your business.

More Data-based Insights

When you go digital, you can track metrics and analyze the data you capture during your digital process.

Using data-driven insights can help understand customers better and rethink business strategies, assisting with better decision-making.

Improves the customer experience

customers want a great experience through multiple touchpoints — mobile apps, social media, email, live chat, etc. Digital transformations are the driving force behind improved customer experiences.

Makes You More Competitive in Your Industry

Your competitors are looking into digital transformation regardless of whether or not you are. Choosing not to embrace digital transformation is essentially deciding that you don’t mind being left behind.

Eliminating Time-Consuming Manual Processes via Business Process Automation

By implementing digital technology, you can use software to perform the tasks that were previously being performed manually by staff. Business Process Automation is often seen as the stepping stone to a more holistic digital transformation, but it can also be one outcome.

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What is digital transformation?

A digital transformation will look different for every company and for each industry. However, broadly speaking, it describes the integration of digital technology into each area of the business. It results in core changes to how a business operates and delivers its products or services to customers by taking advantage of technological advancements. 

Within a company itself, it requires a cultural shift in how processes are completed. Employees have to become accustomed to experimenting regularly with their processes and even sometimes fail in their efforts to innovate. Businesses might find that they must sometimes step away from the old processes that they knew worked well, in favor of experimenting with innovative solutions that have not had the same extensive testing.

It is only by adopting these best practices and fully integrating the employees into the mindset of digital innovation that brands can remain at the forefront of their industries and continue to serve customers with the care that they have come to expect.

What are the 4 main types of digital transformation?

Business process

The business process part of the transformation refers to how your company functions internally. It looks at how your people respond to the available technology and put it to use in their own work. It includes processes such as incorporating a greater amount of analytics collection and analysis into business decisions to help the company maximize its marketing investments or plan its research and development. It can also mean incorporating automation into internal processes.

Digital transformation in this area looks at ways to help the organization improve its functions. It might do this by decreasing the costs associated with certain processes, decreasing the time-to-market, or it might increase the quality of the product offered, for example. All of these ways would help to increase the value of the brand’s processes through digital technology.

Business model

Digital transformation of the business model requires a careful examination of how businesses within the sector are set up at their core. Transformation here has the potential to cause serious disruption in the industry and power success when done well. An excellent real-life example would be Netflix, which transitioned its movie-watching services away from mail-in DVDs to a streaming service that has had reverberations felt by all the major movie and television producers. 

These types of transformations often work hand-in-hand with the strategic parts of the business, using their eye for innovation and forward-thinking to look at the business potential beyond the established means within the industry.

Domain

Domain transformation refers to the growing capacity of brands undergoing a transformation to think about markets and potential beyond their traditional boundaries. Consider how Amazon, the online retailer, managed to launch Amazon Web Services, which now functions as one of the largest cloud computing and infrastructure services. In other words, they were able to step far beyond the former sector of retail and embrace an entirely new technological potential. Technology offers brands significantly more capabilities to step into new sectors. Many of these opportunities come from emerging technology such as artificial intelligence and machine learning. 

Cultural

The cultural component of the digital transformation requires buy-in from the people on the ground, doing the daily work involved in completing the digital transformation and then engaging with the technology. It can be a challenge for many organizations to make this transformation, as they have to educate their employees and help everyone see the potential for this technology to build the business and better engage the world around them.

Succeeding in building a technologically-focused organization, however, will empower the company to continue to grow. Technology, including its regular updates and innovation, requires a workforce that can easily adapt to changes and people who embrace a culture of continuous education. These traits within the organization will help the brand create positive customer experiences, as the company will be able to adapt its practices and incorporate technology to deliver a personalized experience the customer wants.

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Business Process Automation Methodology

The process to accommodate expansion in your business.

The generic method helps you with continuity. When you already have some semblance of automation in place, there might be no need to recreate the entire process. What is required in this case is to pick out areas you can extend and automate.

The generic method is a process analysis tool that is not specific to BPA. It usually involves a step-by-step process that assesses and improves upon what you have as your business process.

Here’s what needs to be done to use this method:

  • How- To evaluate the current practice within your organization
  • Why- For assessing how you can make your existing process better by identifying the gaps
  • Fix it- To work on improvements in errors or gaps
  • Track it- A follow-up process for monitoring the new process adopted
  • More- An open platform that gives room for additional input to ensure continuity

Combining BPA and BPM

A process that cannot be measured is bound to fail, and this is why it is a great approach to apply Lean and Six Sigma in your BPA process.

Assessing your process involves the use of five key tools, which are very similar to what is obtainable in the generic method but with a slight variation.

The five tools involve Defining, Measuring, Analyzing, Improving, and Controlling (DMAIC) all the processes used for your BPA.

Applying Lean and Six Sigma in your BPA process gives you room to improve, expand, and grow. It also helps you streamline your processes and cut downtime which would otherwise be wasted on repetitive tasks.

This will allow you and your team to focus on other productive issues and also ensure that your established processes have a proper flow that can be perfected over time.

The method you can use for your BPA, therefore, depends on where you are in your business. Remember, however, to always document the process irrespective of the method you use. This will help you with continuity and make transitions to bigger roles easier.