Business Process Modeling Tools

In today’s complex business world, pretty much any project involving an entire business process either on the whole or in a performance thereof, requires a healthy amount of strategy and forethought. There are so many variables and analytics to concern yourself with that even if the computer age hadn’t directly made things this complicated, they’d be needed to handle all of this mess. So, business process modeling tools, as well as kits for management, are a big industry in the SaaS world, understandably.

There are a number of business process modeling tools out there that can work intuitively in handling the most complex processes both in formulation and in undertaking, making the menagerie of analytics and variables easy to deal with and engage.

So, what I’m going to recommend are two standard offerings for this, and an alternative way to approach it in closing. These are examples of how modeling these complex processes in this complex new millennium isn’t nearly as big a hassle as you might expect it to be.

Let’s see what we have here.

#1 – Creately

Creately is an out of the box SaaS solution for modeling and managing business processes and projects. It’s pretty inclusive, and is lauded for being very easy to learn and master. It’s also pretty affordable and scalable, making it a well-rounded choice.

Among its many features are a simple, robust interface, collaboration for team work, professional templates, inclusive shape libraries, export compatibility with PDF, JPG and PNG, desktop tools for offline mode, compatibility for Windows, Linux and Mac OS, code generation and image importing.

Creately’s a one of the big dogs in this yard, despite not being daunting or costly.

#2 – Comindware

Comindware is a similar modeling and management tool geared mostly human centric philosophy. I like Creately a little better, but this one has a few perks that account for its higher price and mildly less penetrability.

It has task management, Outlook integration, workflow coordination, task generation, team collaboration, Microsoft AD interoperability, API for development, departmental workspace separation and workflow templates.

This one’s a tad more monolithic, but it’s still a good one to consider, especially with its Microsoft integration and its extensible API.

#3 – WalkMe

This is the alternative approach I was talking about. WalkMe was designed for creating real time, automatic tutorials. These tutorials inhabit web forms or stand as a web form, and guide the user, step by step, through a complex process either to learn it or just to assist in self service being spread wider.

WalkMe, with this simple, point and click interface, can be used to track processes, as well as simulate them for modeling purposes. Think of it as an interactive, dynamic visualization model.

WalkMe’s interactivity is a powerful way to dynamically visualize a complex model as it shifts and responds to a dynamic environment, before employing it, or to keep a real time view of a process in action. This is nifty technology, and it can really come in handy.

So, business process modeling tools are very useful, and very plentiful. And with new technologies, you can get data capture and simulation previously thought impossible.


Mark is the Lead Author & Editor of Spectechular Blog. Mark established the Spectechular blog to create a source for news and discussion about some of the issues, challenges, news, and ideas relating to Product Management.