Greetings from National Harbor, Md., where Gartner's 2013 BPM Summit kicks off shortly.
If there's one word that sums up this year's conference theme, it's "change." We're going to hear plenty about business transformation, next-generation BPM and building smarter, faster operations. I'm especially looking forward to sessions on overcoming challenges, including a couple of sessions on overcoming political landmines.
Some conference stats:
--The three-day event has attracted more than 600 attendees.
--The biggest vertical represented by far: financial services, accounting for more than 20 percent of attendees: financial services. (That's no surprise, according to Gartner VP and Summit Chair Janelle Hill: "Financial services is the number one industry adopting BPM.")
--Other well-represented industries include services companies, government, energy, utilities, manufacturing and transportation.
--It's a high-level crowd. While only 5 percent of attendees have C-level titles, nearly 30 percent are VPs or directors and just over 30 percent are managers. (Other attendees are enterprise architects and business analysts.)
I'll file quick dispatches here during the show. For lengthier coverage during and after the show, visit our sister site, SearchSOA.com.