Process Architecture is a specific technical manner in which a process is organized and managed to transform its inputs into specified outputs. As far as a process takes time, energy and physical space to be executed, its architecture refers to a model of informational, supply and manufacturing chains that can deliver all tangible or intangible resources to appropriate processors (whether it is a unit of machinery, manpower, IT device, etc) that a process incorporates, including interrelations between these chains, encased processing elements and procedures they adhere.
In other words process architecture is a system of a process, which may include:
- How the process elements work together (a schema of co-operation);
- How these elements are organized within working environment;
- What logistical relations between the process elements are established;
- How they utilize their capabilities and supplies to transform process inputs into desired outputs;
A model of any process architecture can be represented as a diagrammatic summary showing all underlying sub-processes, physical operations, working procedures, and supply streams, along with their structuring and interconnection.