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The Office in the Clouds - Empowering Front Line Managers for Business Efficiency

Date: January 22, 2009

Time: 12:00 pm US Eastern

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Featured Speakers:

Jon Pyke, Chief Strategy Officer, Cordys (bio)
Phil Wainewright, Procullux Ventures (bio)


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In today's economic climate, business managers are in the front line of driving operational efficiency and performance to new levels. So why not equip them with the tools to do that?

Despite huge advances over several decades of business computing, there are still too many aspects of everyday office life that involve time-consuming, error-prone manual processes. Traditional packaged applications never seem to adapt fast enough to changing requirements, while many routine tasks involving information analysis, record-keeping and management supervision simply miss out on much-needed automation. Many organizations are looking to web-delivered applications and cloud computing to finally plug these gaps with low-cost solutions that are rapidly deployed and easily modified, but they're worried about reliability and compliance. Join us to find out how to empower front-line business operations staff to harness ready-made, cost-effective cloud solutions while maintaining enterprise-class standards.

In this webinar, you will learn:

  • How to empower business operations staff to build and modify their own model-driven applications
  • How to combine data mashups with the all-important people skills and knowledge that make your business tick
  • How to address neglected operational business needs with ad-hoc, situational applications
  • How to automate integration between cloud services and on-premise applications
  • Why multi-tenancy, SOA and MDM are key to the success of business mashups

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Featured Speaker Bios:

Jon Pyke is a globally recognized Business Process Management pioneer and luminary with over 30 years experience in the IT industry working for a number of software and hardware companies as well as user organizations.

He was the Chief Technology Officer and a main board director of Staffware Plc from August 1992 until Tibco acquired the company in 2004.

While at Staffware, he was responsible for driving the product strategy and positioning for the company, including the design and development of the IProcess Engine. He also had management responsibility for a large development team based in the UK and the USA.

In 2004, Jon founded The Process Factory with the aim to deliver on-demand BPM technology. He also acts as a non-executive director for a number of public and private software companies.

Jon is a frequent speaker at international events and has written and published a number of articles on the subject of office automation, BPM and workflow technology. Most recently he co-authored a book published by Cambridge University Press entitled, “Mastering your Organization’s Processes,” covering both technical and business aspects of BPM.

Jon is one of the most influential figures in the Business Process Management sector. He co-founded and is the current Chairman of the Workflow Management Coalition. He is also an AiiM Laureate for Workflow and was awarded the Marvin Manheim award for Excellence in workflow in 2003.

Phil Wainewright - A preeminent authority on emerging trends in business automation, Phil Wainewright is ebizQ's Community Manager for Leveraging the Connected Web. This community covers Enterprise 2.0, Mashups, Cloud, SaaS, Web Content and Social Networking, among other topics.

As Community Manager, Wainewright will blog and podcast to keep the ebizQ community fully informed on the latest news and breakthroughs relevant to the Connected Web. Wainewright will also pen feature articles, attend briefings, select press releases and source content from other analysts, industry associations and vendors for publication on ebizQ. Each week, he'll compile the most important news and views in an e-mail newsletter for ebizQ's ever-growing Connected Web community.

Wainewright is ideally suited to the job having spent more than a decade tracking the emergence of the Web as a platform for business automation. He has built a worldwide reputation as an insightful commentator and strategist, with a track record of spotting key trends at an early stage.

Phil Wainewright specializes in on-demand services (SaaS, PaaS and cloud), Web 2.0/Enterprise 2.0 and services architectures (SOA). He has closely observed the evolution of SaaS for more than a decade since founding the ASPnews [provide link] website in 1998. He now writes the influential ZDNet Software as Services blog and, as CEO of strategic consulting firm Procullux Ventures, advises ISVs and other industry participants on SaaS success strategies. He also founded the Loosely Coupled blog to track enterprise adoption of web services and is a member of the Enterprise Irregulars network.

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