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Gartner Day 3: Jim Sinur scenario-based rules panel

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Jim Sinur hosted a case study panel on scenario-based rules with two presenters: David Luce at UTi (a logistics outsourcing firm) and Husayn Alvarez-Gomariz at Micron (a semiconductor manufacturer).

Luce started out talking about UTi, and how as a logistics provider, they are actually a business process outsourcer. They pride themselves on customer intimacy, but that drives up their operational costs since there are so many manual, special-case processes. They were looking for ways to maintain the same level of customer intimacy while automating processes and rules wherever possible in order to increase efficiency and drive down costs, and what they devised was a rules-driven architecture where they use business rules as a policy validation tool. They've externalized rules from legacy code into a business rules management system, which provides them with the level of agility that they need to provide customized service to their customers while still automating their processes.

Alvarez-Gomariz discussed scenario analysis, and how to use scenarios to provide the agility to respond to changing market events. His talk was both detailed and abstract, not a good combination for holding my attention, although he had some good points about the intersection between BPM, BI and planning.

Like yesterday's panel session, this was really more like two separate 30-minute presentations, with no interaction between the panelists. This format should definitely be changed to something more interactive, or be labelled as consecutive short presentations rather than a panel.

Michael Beckley of AppianAlthough it's only lunchtime, this was my last session of the day and of the conference: I'm on a flight back to Toronto in a couple of hours. I didn't blog about the fun at the vendor hospitality suites, but suffice to say that it included Michael Beckley in a very tropical hat (he also hade a "Made in Mexico" sticker on his forehead at one point, but I couldn't verify that statement with his parents), Scott the hotel bartender talking about SOA and Six Sigma, and a vendor ending up in my room for the night.

I hope that you enjoyed my coverage of the conference; I've had a lot of great feedback from people here, and I'll soon catch up with the comments that you've added to my posts in the last couple of days.

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