BPM: February 2007 Archives

We started the last day at the Gartner summit with a keynote by Yvonne Genovese, Business Applications Through 2010: Major Changes Will Affect Your Process Environment. Early in her presentation, she made an important statement: "the technology keeps breaking our... Read More..
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I finished up the day by attending Jim Sinur's session on continuous optimization. And thanks to Gartner, we have a brand new acronym: BOSS, for business optimization support systems. He has an interesting take on optimization that I agree with:... Read More..
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I really wanted to attend Daryl Plummer's analyst/user roundtable on BPM and Web 2.0, but they don't let press into those sessions, so I ducked in to hear Jesper Joergenson of BEA talk about Best Practices in Business Transformation. Jesper,... Read More..
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This afternoon, Jim Sinur hosted a panel on Implementing an Enterprise-Transforming BPMS, which included Jeff Akin from American Home Shield, Alan Jones from Sandisk, Craig Edmonds from Symetra Financial and Jodi Starkman-Mendelsohn of West Park Assessment Centre. American Home Shield's... Read More..
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The afternoon started with several simultaneous sessions by Gartner analysts, and I sat in on Bill Gassman talking about Measuring Processes in Real Time, or as he put it later, learning to live in real time. There's no doubt that... Read More..
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Lunchtime today was spent chatting with two other BPM bloggers: first, I met with Jesper Joergensen of BEA for a chat about what they're doing; then I spent some time with Keith Swenson of Fujitsu, mostly talking about BPM standards. Add... Read More..
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Arun Mathews of Motorola, a Savvion customer, presented on the experiences of implementing BPM at Motorola. He started out with a list of reasons why they started with BPM, ranging from Six Sigma projects driving the need for new policies and procedures,... Read More..
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Next up was the Appian customer panel, hosted by Michael Beckley, co-founder and VP of Product Strategy at Appian, who I had met last night at the Appian booth. Beckley started out with a few remarks about Appian, but the... Read More..
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The second keynote speaker of the day is Bruce Williams of Savvi International, author of Six Sigma for Dummies (and the accompanying workbook) and Lean for Dummies, speaking on What BPM Means to Business Innovation. Funny, at last year's Gartner... Read More..
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The second day started with a keynote by Daryl Plummer, BPM/SOA Elixir (unfortunately, I missed the breakfast session with Michele Cantara about the BPMS market, but I ended up in a fascinating discussion about requirements collaboration using wikis with Jason Klemow,... Read More..
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Pegasystems Lunch

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This is out of chronological order, but I didn't have my laptop at lunch so had to reconstruct this from memory and a few scratched notes. I squeezed my way into the Pegasystems lunch, which was completely full, in order... Read More..
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Gartner Day 1: Jim Sinur

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Jim Sinur took the stage for Are Rules Inside-Out in BPM?, where he claimed that he'd push the envelope in how we thought about rules. He started with how rules are a start, but agility requires a full business rule... Read More..
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Metastorm and Lombardi both did something that I really dislike: instead of running two 30-minute sessions after lunch, as the schedule would indicate, they ran a 1-hour session that spanned the two 30-minute spots. Since I had planned to see one... Read More..
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After lunch, we had two short vendor sessions: in some cases, the vendor themselves presented; in others, the vendor's customer presented. For the first session, I went to see Metastorm's customer Great Clips talk about The Power of SOA & BPM... Read More..
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More tough decisions on which session to attend, but I'm here in Janelle Hill's BPM: A Change From Business As Usual. Hill talks about four sea changes that are currently impacting organizations: Globalization requires agility Information transparency accelerates product and... Read More..
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I decided on Benoit Lheureux' session on BPM's role in multi-enterprise commerce, although we're had some technical difficulties and started late. This is much more about B2B and middleware than BPM, so it should be interesting to hear the perspective... Read More..
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Before we exited for the breakout sessions, Daryl Plummer outlined their plans for an open research meeting to be held on Wednesday, where we all have a chance to participate in Gartner's research here on site. He showed us four... Read More..
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1100 attendees have signed up for this Gartner BPM summit (although I imagine that some are still stuck trying to get here), not bad for only their third year at it. They're going to run another BPM summit in Orlando... Read More..
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I'm not sure that I get the purpose of these late afternoon registration-day sessions, before most of the conference attendees have even arrived -- are they intended to be introductory tutorials for those new to the field? Or a venue for... Read More..
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I totally forgot that there were some late afternoon sessions today at the Gartner BPM summit until I showed up at registration around 3:30 expecting it to be deserted, and found a lineup of people trying to get registered before the... Read More..
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Waiting for Blueprint

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In the world of Web 2.0, there's always some hot new service that you have to be invited to join, then you get on a waiting list, then (after a while) you finally get an account. Remember when Gmail was... Read More..
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BPM bloggers' podcast

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Elizabeth Book of ebizQ recently rounded up all of us BPM bloggers for a podcast: "Fearless BPM Predictions for 2007: SOA and BPM, the Yin and Yang of Enterprise Architecture". It's now live on the BPM In Action site (direct link... Read More..
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I hosted a webinar -- now available for replay -- with Colin Teubner of Forrester and Jim Rudden of Lombardi on Tuesday this week, discussing collaborative process modelling and on-demand BPM in the wake of Lombardi's beta release of Blueprint... Read More..
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If you're a reader of BPMEnterprise.com, you may have noticed a new blogger on their list today: me! I had the chance to meet Dian Schaffhauser at the ARIS user conference last week, and she invited me to do a... Read More..
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Savvion enters the brawl

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Nothing like a good old-fashioned vendor smackdown. In response to the software-as-a-service announcements by Lombardi and Appian on Monday, Pat "Fighting Irish" Morrissey of Savvion threw in his two cents worth: Yesterday's announcements are a beautiful snapshot of on-demand's reality... Read More..
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Late in the day today, likely after they saw my Lombardi Blueprint post, I received a message from Appian announcing that they had released an on-demand, subscription-based BPM service. This appears to be a SaaS version of their BPM suite,... Read More..
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"Naked blogging" is a term that's applied to living your life transparently on the web through your blog and other social media, like Flickr, del.icio.us, Skype, LinkedIn, Library Thing and Facebook. Most of my friends around my age (which, as you can... Read More..
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The second session of the day was an executive customer roundtable with John Wheeler of Business Processes in Motion (he was formerly with Nova Chemicals, an ARIS customer, but now seems to be offering consulting services that he gently... Read More..
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Dr. Jost started the day with a presentation on "The Basis for Linking BPM & SOA". Someone may have been reading one of my posts from yesterday, because when he put up the obligatory slide of VW, he referred... Read More..
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I don't usually blog about breakfast, but I happened to end up sitting with Marc Kase of SAIC, whose presentation that I posted about yesterday. We had a great discussion about how they organize their team of business architects and... Read More..
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I skipped the last breakout session of the day for a discussion with Trevor Naidoo, IDS Scheer's Director of ARIS Solution Engineering. He's responsible for the pre-sales technical activities, and used to be an ARIS customer, so is very familiar with... Read More..
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For the first breakout session today, I heard Bill Swanton, who's VP Research at AMR Research. Although the topic was "BPM is the value in SOA", Swanton talked a lot about SOA-ing your ERP. AMR has obviously done a... Read More..
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Following the keynote by Prof. Scheer, we had the Gartner tag team of Jim Sinur (who covers BPM overall) and Michael Blechar (who covers modelling, information architecture, and model-driven architecture) on the subject of "What's New With BPM?" They... Read More..
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The opening keynote this morning was by Prof. August-Wilhelm Scheer, the founder and serious brain-trust behind IDS Scheer. You have to love this guy: not only is he brilliant and able to describe his ideas clearly, he opened and closed... Read More..
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I'm going to do as much live blogging as possible in order to give you a sense of what's going on here, which means that I won't be doing a lot of in-depth analysis in these posts, but will try... Read More..
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ARIS ProcessWorld

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I'm at the IDS Scheer user conference this week, so expect to see a lot of blogging about that around here. Leaving Toronto in -15C for +15C in Jacksonville, Florida wasn't my only reason for attending; I'm very interested in how... Read More..
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The agenda for the May Shared Insights conference on Portals, Collaboration and Content is online, with me in a speaking slot on the morning of the last day talking about the changing face of BPM.... Read More..
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I attended a webinar last week about Proforma and Workpoint, and I have to say that the "for more information" slide at the end of the presentation is the best one that I've ever seen in all my years of... Read More..
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BPM/SOA Primer

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Great webinar on BPM Basics today, BPM & SOA, where John Lojek gave an "18-Minute BPM and SOA Primer". Definitely a good introduction to the subject, particularly around the differences between BPM and SOA, and how they fit together. Phil... Read More..
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