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Sandy Kemsley

Gartner BPM summit day 2 in review

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Hey, I finally made it to blogging about Tuesday, and it's only Friday.

Tuesday was a pretty full day at the summit: sessions all day and vendor hospitality suites in the evening, a true test of a marathon conference-goer. The day started out with Daryl Plummer's keynote on "How Do You Measure and Justify Business Agility" -- this guy should be an evangelical preacher, he's so passionate about his subject (and I mean that in a good way.) That was followed by the Six Sigma keynote by Mikel Harry that I left due to a severe lack of interest, although as I noted earlier, I found it odd that he seems to be using Six Sigma as a "brand" of sorts and distancing himself from the original statistical meaning. Certainly there's some positioning going on with Gartner, BPM and Six Sigma.

In the afternoon, I attended Jim Sinur's "When Will the Power Vendors Offer Credible BPM Solutions?", which was fascinating but left out some tantalizing details (which can presumably be purchased from Gartner), and finished up the day at Bill Rosser's "Creating a Business Architecture".

The vendor hospitality suites were fun, although I had to lodge a complaint that Lombardi's Blue Pomegranate Martinis (BPM, get it?) weren't really blue but some sort of murky purple, and I could never figure out how to turn off the flashing ice cube that I picked up at another vendor's suite so discarded it before airport security decided that it was something questionable. Between the vendor booths and the hospitality suites, I scored an alarming amount of swag: three jazz CDs from Lombardi, t-shirts from K2 and TIBCO, a 3-d globe puzzle from Global 360 that I'm afraid to take apart, a USB-powered light (perfect for lighting up your keyboard on flights when the overhead light causes glare on the screen) from Singularity, and a flash-when-it-bounces ball from Fujitsu.

The best part was after all the customers bailed out, and the vendors started to visit each other's suites. I found the smaller vendors more likely to do this, possibly because they don't have the sort of "us versus them" mentality about their competitors that is encouraged in larger companies, or possibly because they realize (consciously or not) that by next year they could be working together through job changes or corporate acquisitions. A particular thumbs-up to Savvion, whose suite became the "Switzerland of hospitality suites" (according to Rob Risany in their product marketing group) by the end of the night.



OK, Lombardi's choice of music makes them cooler than we realized, but please give us more than this! Such as: what are Patrick's 7 Deadly Sins of BPM? and when will the big guys offer "credible BPM solutions"? Just the free version is ok.


Unfortunately, Gartner didn't publish the non-Gartner presentations, so I don't have the full text of Patrick's sins -- I'll bug someone from Savvion for a copy, since my notes are incomplete. I did write down the one about "unnatural acts with existing applications", at least.

My notes on the power vendors and their credible (and incredible) solutions are now posted here.

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