Recently I participated in a podcast with fellow ebizQ bloggers to make some fearless predictions for BPM in 2007. Making predictions, of course, is a dicey affair. There are only two ways to do it. Either you make a firm prediction and hang your hat on it, or you make a fairly general prediction that few can refute and fewer still will bother to do so.
One interesting example that actually achieved both objectives (unintentionally, of course) was this statement of Henry Ellsworth, Commissioner of the U.S. Patent Office, in his 1843 report to Congress: "The advancement of the arts, from year to year, taxes our credulity and seems to presage the arrival of that period when human improvement must end." This is apocryphally misquoted as: "Everything that can be invented has been invented."
Check out our fearless predictions on this podcast. Fellow intrepid gazers at the crystal ball are Keith Harrison-Broninski, James Taylor, Joe McKendrick, Sandy Kemsley, Michael Dortch, and David Kelly (whose article put the said crystal ball temptingly on our bloggers' table). Elizabeth Book, ebizQ's editor-in-chief, moderated the podcast.
Of course, if none of the predictions come true, then we'll borrow a leaf from Yogi Berra and claim that 'the future ain't what it used to be.'
But a large part of where the BPM market goes is really in our collective hands. One of the 'sooths' that I say is that there will be an increasing awareness and adoption of BPM within companies. It is up to us—bloggers and readers— to make sure this comes true, by actively evangelizing the benefits of BPM, educating our colleagues on the concepts of BPM, and boldly going where no ERP ever ventures.
I'll be in Chicago this Thursday, bravely spreading the word along with some of my colleagues through a BPM Master Class. Oh yes, the classes are free. Attendees get a free copy of my book ('The Power of Process'), and get to hear Bruce Williams, co-author of three 'For Dummies' books in Six Sigma and Lean. But most important, attendees get a ton of information and practical tips on BPM, plus a first-hand look at BPM in action through webMethods' Fabric 7.0 platform.