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The Business Process Expert and the Future of BPM: A New Role, Matched to New BPM Tools

Date: February 28, 2008

Time: 02:00 pm US Eastern

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Featured Speakers:

Bruce Silver, Principal, Bruce Silver Associates (bio)
Marco ten Vaanholt, Head of SAPís Business Process Expert (BPX) Community, SAP (bio)


Joe McKendrick, ebizQ Contributor

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Join Bruce Silver, independent Business Process Management (BPM) analyst and founder of BPMessentials.com, and Marco ten Vaanholt, global head of SAPís BPX Community, for a discussion about a new business role critical to the future of BPM Ė the Business Process Expert (BPX).

Business Process Management is a management discipline that looks at your companyís business from the perspective of end-to-end cross-functional processes. BPM is enabled by new tools and technologies that transform that management perspective into IT solutions that automate, integrate, and monitor business processes; solutions that are directly empowered by business people.

But BPMís success requires a new role in the organization, standing at the crossroads of business and IT Ė the Business Process Expert. One key function of the Business Process Expert is translating a business description of how the process works today and how it could be improved, into process models that are not just business requirements but the foundation of executable process implementations. New modeling standards like BPMN now make this possible.

  • Are you a Business Process Expert? Do you have the right knowledge and skills to be successful in this new paradigm? Marco ten Vaanholt describes this emerging role, and tells you what kind of support and community is available for Business Process Experts to succeed.
  • Why is BPMN such a critical skill for the Business Process Expert? Bruce Silver will explain the differences between the new standard and traditional modeling tools.

What You'll Learn from Attending this Webcast:

  • What a Business Process Expert does, and the importance of the BPX to the success of BPM.
  • What it takes to become a Business Process Expert, where you can network with your BPX peers, get training and co-innovate.
  • Why BPMN is important, how it works, and where to find more training.

More Information at:

BPX Community
Process Modeling with BPMN - White Paper Series
Process Modeling With BPMN: Six-Part eLearning Series

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Featured Speaker Bios:

Bruce Silver is an independent industry analyst and consultant focused on business process management. He delivers training on Process Modeling with BPMN through BPMessentials.com and the BPM Institute, and writes the popular BPMS Watch blog (www.brsilver.com/wordpress). He is also author of the BPMS Report series of BPM Suite evaluations available from bpminstitute.org, and co-chair of the BPM Institute BPM Conference series.

Prior to going independent in 1994, Dr Silver directed workflow and document management research at BIS Strategic Decisions (which became Giga Information Group, now part of Forrester Research), and before that managed software development and marketing organizations. He served on the board of directors of Captiva Software, acquired in 2006 by EMC. He holds Physics degrees from Princeton and MIT, and four patents in electronic imaging.

Marco ten Vaanholt is head of SAPís Business Process Expert (BPX) Community, as well as responsible for SAPís Community Network Solution Management Office. The Business Process Expert Community is the largest business process community in the world, with over 250,000 members covering 26 industries. Industry experts, business analysts, application consultants, IT managers, enterprise architects and many others engage in moderated forums, wikis, and expert blogs to drive process innovation through collaboration, best-practice sharing, and collective learning.

Prior to joining SAP in 2005, Marco managed the global product-management organization for the Yahoo! Advertising platform. He holds two masterís degrees in Business Economics and Organization and Management from Tilburg University, and a bachelorís degree in Business Administration from the University of Zeeland, The Netherlands.

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