Industrial conglomerate Siemens said it is improving the view its Munich headquarters has of global operations, including the UK, two years in to a business process management programme.
The company, which sells a range of services and goods from engineering to IT services, medical equipment and lighting, began using IDS Scheer ARIS software across its 40 countries of operation two years ago. Its UK headquarters are in Camberley, Surrey.
It is using the BPM product to standardise key processes and remove duplication, improving its view of the business. Siemens is primarily SAP based.
Neil Covill-Lane, senior business consultant at Siemens, told Computerworld UK that standardisation and a better view had become necessary because the company had so many operations that had individual sets of processes.
“In the past, the hundreds of businesses did their own thing,” he said. “We needed to make processes, such as invoicing, the same around the group. This makes a huge change to efficiency.”
It would also allow Siemens to set new processes and release them throughout the company, he said, and enabled it to establish shared service centres.
Siemens said it can now model and simulate processes before they are launched, and check them more easily against governance and compliance rules.