Business Process

10 Definitions

At its most generic, any set of activities performed by a business that is initiated by an event, transforms information, materials or business commitments, and produces an output. Value chains and large-scale business processes produce outputs that are valued by customers. Other processes generate outputs that are valued by other processes.
defined by BP Trends
A collection of activities that work together to produce a defined set of products and services. All business processes in an enterprise exist to fulfill the mission of the enterprise. Business processes must be related in some way to mission objectives
defined by 6SixSigSigma
Also known as a business method is a collection of related, structured activities or tasks that produce a specific service or product (serve a particular goal) for a particular customer or customers. It often can be visualized with a flowchart as a sequence of activities.
Any set of activities performed by a business that is initiated by an event, and produces an output.
defined by Steelnet Solutions, Inc.
A defined set of business activities that represent the steps required to achieve a
business objective. It includes the flow and use of information and resources.
A set of one or more linked procedures or activities which collectively realise a
business objective or policy goal, normally within the context of an organisational
structure defining functional roles and relationships.
defined by WFMC
A set of one or more linked activities which collectively realize a business objective or policy goal, normally within the context of an organizational structure defining functional roles and relationships.
A sequence of activities that is designed to deliver measurable value to stakeholders, efficiently, effectively and that is consistent, repeatable and sustainable.
A set of activities that are performed within an organization or across organizations.
The business tasks required for an enterprise to satisfy a planned response to an operational business event from beginning to end with a focus on the roles of actors, rather than the actors' day-to-day job

NOTES: This definition for business process was presented by Janey Conkey Frazier at the very first Business Rule Forum conference in 1997. We haven't found one better. A business process takes operational business things as inputs and transforms them into outputs. These outputs might be the same operational business things in some new state, or altogether new operational business thing(s). For example, a business process might take raw materials and transform them into finished goods. A successful transform creates or adds value, though not always in a direct way. Collectively, the boxes and arrows in a business process model represent management's blueprint for understanding, coordinating and revising how operational work in the organization gets done.