As processes become more intelligent, we will likely like to measure the level of intelligence http://jimsinur.blogspot.com/2013/05/how-smart-is-your-business-only-as_9.html This will give organizations an idea where they are in a continuum in trying to becoming a smarter business over time. This posting will cover the second "A" portion "ISAA" http://jimsinur.blogspot.com/2013/05/should-we-measure-how-smart-processes.html
I propose the following five levels of process autonomy that build on each other:
A process can be completely prescribed with some levels of agility, but the permutations and combinations are preplanned. This way control is exercised by the process managers and operators and there is a high dependence on a command and control approach. This is very proactive approach, but quite rigid.
A process can suggest alternative actions for process managers or ask permission to act in a way that was not expected. This requires a level intelligence to point out emerging patterns and suggest proper responses. Nothing happens without some level of permission.
Act First, Then Notify:
A process can watch and learn and take action based on some proactive anticipation. In this case the process manager is notified in a timely manner of the processes decision and action. A process manager can then make appropriate actions, if the process is wrong or lower the level of freedom for this kind of process instance or case
Act with Constraints and Goals:
A process can be goal seeking in nature on it's own and call in the proper analytics to self adjust goals to reach optimum outcomes based on static or dynamic weightings of goals. Processes or appropriate process snippets can be kept away from out of bounds conditions through constraints. This creates a balance between freedom and negative boundary conditions.
Interactive Independent Action:
Processes or process snippets can interact with other process snippets or the Internet of things to create a dynamic response that requires automated collaboration of automation and measures. These snippets can systematically flock temporarily or permanently to deal with emerging patterns.
There are definite levels of autonomous intelligence that processes can exercise. We will need learn to utilize various levels of autonomy over the coming years