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Getting Started with BPM

Date: July 29, 2008

Time: 12:00 pm US Eastern

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Featured Speakers:

Kevin Schmidt, Director, Product Management SOA / Business Integration, SUN Microsystems (bio)
Elise Olding, Research Director in Gartner's BPM Group, Gartner (bio)


Beth Gold-Bernstein

Sponsored By:

SUN Microsystems

Business process management (BPM) continues to gain attention from both CEOs and CIOs because of its promise to not only improve operational performance results but also transform and innovate business operations. Despite this potential, most organizations struggle to identify and scope their first initiative. In this webinar, Gartner’s Elise Olding provides guidance for becoming a process-managed enterprise.

Key Issues to be discussed:

  • How should users assess organizational readiness for BPM?
  • Who should initiate BPM and what does a plan for getting started look like?
  • What are the critical success factors to long term success with process management?

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Featured Speaker Bios:

Kevin Schmidt is the Director of Product Management for SOA and Business Integration software at Sun Microsystems, Inc. He has 18 years experience in the software industry in roles including product management, professional services, pre-sales, and development working with data, process, and enterprise application integration products and solutions, most recently focused on composite applications using Java, Web services, SOA, BPM, and related technologies. Kevin came to Sun Microsystems as part of the SeeBeyond acquisition in 2005 where he was the Director of Product Management. Prior to SeeBeyond he worked for Enterworks in several roles including Director of Customer Service and Director of Professional Services. Kevin holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Walla Walla College.

Elise Olding brings more than 20 years of experience working in the areas of business, process, systems and change management. Her experience includes roles in many industries such as apparel, manufacturing, retail, financial services and high tech. Her business transformation efforts have included a focus on organizational readiness and communications to achieve successful adoption. Ms. Olding knows the importance of practical advice and approaches that can be tailored to work within the unique environment of various companies. She developed those skills through her many years of hands-on experience. With her extensive executive interface and strategic planning experience, she can provide the insights and tactics to ensure that clients' BPM initiative goals are achieved.

Prior to joining Gartner, Ms. Olding held leadership roles at some of the top companies in the U.S. Most recently, she worked at Safeway as the director of IT Strategic Planning, and prior to that she was the leader of the Transformation Services organization. At Charles Schwab, she was the VP of Finance Strategic Consulting. At Hurwitz Group, she was a VP of Research for the Knowledge, eLearning and Collaborative Services area. Furthermore, she spent 12 years at Levi Strauss and Co., where she held a number of positions including IT auditor, systems analyst, and IT testing manager, as well as strategic consultant, in which she was responsible for two business process re-engineering teams. She also has five years of experience in banking as an IT and operations auditor, gaining a wealth of experience documenting and standardizing processes.

"I'm very excited to be part of Gartner. Gartner is the foremost and respected leader in the area of research, and I am thrilled to have the opportunity to work with clients to do interesting, cutting-edge work, survey best practices and be challenged by the top thought leaders in the industry. On top of all that, I am able to share my experience and pragmatic advice in order to help others be successful. With that combination, I can't think of what could be more fun and rewarding."

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