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Extend and Enhance the Power of BPM with Workflow and Business Rules

Date: June 14, 2007

Time: 12:00 pm US Eastern

All dates and times are NY local time, please consult your favorite world clock to determine when this webinar takes place in your time zone.

Featured Speakers:

Steve Yi, Senior Product Manager, Connected Systems Division, Microsoft (bio)
Rik Chomko, co-founder and Chief Product Officer, InRule Technology (bio)
Margaret Riley, Application Engineer, AirTran Airways (bio)


David A. Kelly

Sponsored By:

Microsoft and InRule

Delivering applications to support complex and volatile business processes and the dynamic behavior of the people involved in those processes is an extremely challenging, yet very common, requirement for IT. Business process management (BPM) is a discipline designed to improve business processes by defining, managing, and optimizing processes across organizational silos.

This session will discuss workflow and business rules - two key technologies that support the BPM discipline and optimize business processes. Workflow and business rules technologies can streamline processes, helping businesses improve their agility and increase responsiveness to their customers. Workflow and business rules also improve the reliability and consistency of critical business processes.

After an introduction to Microsoft Windows Workflow Foundation, a common workflow engine that is key component of the .NET 3.0 Framework, this session will discuss how to improve business agility by externalizing and automating complex decision logic using business rules technology. The result: better decision-making, highly customizable software products, and improved customer experience - all without increasing the burden on IT.

A highlight of the webcast will be hearing an application engineer's perspective: Margaret Riley from AirTran Airways will discuss their use of business rule technology to automate decision logic in a frequent flier system.

This practical session will cover:
  • Supporting dynamic human and system processes and workflows
  • Automating complex decision logic with business rules
  • Approaches to integrating rules within workflow
  • Masking complexity to expose workflow and rules to a broader audience
  • Making workflow and rules developer-extensible to address the most complex processes
  • The role of the business analyst

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Featured Speaker Bios:

Steve Yi is a product manager for BizTalk Server and partner ISV strategy. In previous roles at Microsoft, Steve has worked within Microsoft Consulting and in Developer & Platform Evangelism technical evangelism. Prior to Microsoft, he has led architecture efforts on large .NET and J2EE system integration projects, as well as authored articles for Visual Studio Magazine and ServerWorld. He obtained his Masters in Business Administration from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX.

Rik Chomko has over 15 years of experience implementing rule-based technology. Prior to co-founding InRule, Rik was Chief Technology Officer with Calypso Systems, a solutions integrator based in Chicago. During his seven years at Calypso, Rik was responsible for both the architecture and delivery of systems to many of the firm's largest clients. Rik is recognized as an expert in emerging technology, having co-authored a number of system frameworks that provide analysts the ability to control application logic without programmer involvement.

Rik has been both an award recipient and speaker at numerous technology and industry events including Microsoft Fusion, Comdex, and ACORD. Prior to his work at Calypso, Rik worked for Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Illinois where he served as a member of the Technical Architecture team on their largest mission-critical system. Rik has a degree in English from the University of Illinois at Champaign.

Margaret Riley is an application engineer for AirTran Airways. She specializes in data-mining and reporting. She works primarily with .NET and SQL Server.

Prior to AirTran, Margaret worked for a commercial insurance company developing claims systems and supporting all international IT operations. She earned a BS in Management and MIS from Northeastern University.

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