BPM: Fact or Fiction
Transforming Business Process Models into Software Solutions
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Business Process Management (BPM) encompasses a range of activities, beginning with Business Process Modeling, and ending with maintainable software solutions capable of supporting the organizations critical business processes.
Each generation of BPM tools has been released with much fanfare. The recurring theme is that business users will be able to define and maintain the complex business rules and processes without relying on the programmers. The latest generation of tools builds on these claims, but do they deliver? And is this really a practical goal?
Our panelists are thought leaders in the BPM arena, as well as practitioners with hands-on experience with today’s BPM tools. We’ll seek their views on important questions, such as:
- Where are we with Business Process Management (BPM)?
- BPM looks as easy as drag and drop? Does it really work? How?
- Haven't we heard this before -- Didn't Business Process Reengineering (BPR) fall out of sight? How is BPM different? Why is it important for our companies and clients?
- Who will maintain BPM: IT or the business users?
- Will the business users have the time and ability to model their processes? Is it possible for them to understand the implications across the entire system?
- Can smaller companies use BPM?
- What are the appropriate business scenarios for BPM?
- What are the newer business process management / modeling tools?
- How are they different than other modeling tools such as Visio? How "universal" is UML?
- What BPM products are on the market and how do they differ?
Bernie began his IT career in 1980 as a mainframe programmer in the UK, specializing in PL/I, CICS and ADABAS/NATURAL.
From 1983 to 1995 he worked in diverse financial and health consulting assignments for Fortune 500 companies in New York, San Francisco and Hawaii. His principal clients were Citibank, CBS, New York City Board of Education, Prudential Insurance and NatWest Bank.
In 1996 he became interested in the Rational Objectory Process and the emerging Unified Modeling Language and established himself as one of the first use-case mentors within Charles Schwab.
Bernie established Communities of Practice related to Unified Process, Use Cases, and Knowledge Management, the latter of which provided a springboard for him to co-found Pure Knowledge LLC in 1999, a thought leader in the knowledge management arena.
In 2001, Bernie founded Scivian LLC, which specializes in software development methodology and knowledge.
Current Focus Bernie provides mentoring and training services for The Unified Process Group. He designs and teaches Business Modeling, Use Case and Architecture training classes and provides guidance on process improvement. He is also the coordinator of the Bay Area Rational User Group.
Bernie continues to collaborate with Pure Knowledge and other companies associated with the organization and use of software development knowledge. He has established close working relationships with N8Systems, Mindjet LLC and ExperShare LLC.
Bernie is also co-inventor of a patented Centralized Diagnostic Logging Service - Pat No: US 6,591,228 BI.
Jean-Jacques is a Standards Architect in the NetWeaver Platform Ecosystem Group at SAP Labs in Palo Alto. He has been involved in Business Process Management related technologies since 1997 when he pioneered an eBusiness Framework and the first generation of XML-based Process Engines at NEC Boston Technology Center (part of NEC System Laboratories) and later lead the design of eXcelon’s BPM. In the last five year he has focused on developing an application model compatible with business process management which is now commonly referred as a “Composite Application Model”. He is author of several published magazine articles and a co-author of the book “Professional ebXML Foundations” and the “Workflow Handbook 2005”. He founded ebPML.org in 2001 a web site that provide information on business process markup languages. He has been involved in the design of the following specifications: Open Applications Group, ebXML Business Process Specification Schema (BPSS, ebBP), Business Process Markup Language (BPML), Web Services Choreography Definition Language (WS-CDL) and Web Services Transactions (WS-TX). In the early 1990s he founded IFE Technologies, a small factory automation and process control company, and was a member of the research staff at Hughes Research Labs in Malibu, CA. He graduated with an engineering degree from Ecole Centrale de Lyon and has a Ph.D. from the Faculté des Sciences de Luminy, in Marseilles, home of the Prolog programming language.
Stan Hendryx is the founder of Hendryx & Associates, a consultancy specializing in modeling business processes and complex systems, and a provider of technology and tools for modeling and model transformation.
He was the instigator and a co-submitter of the OMG Semantics of Business Vocabulary and Business Rules specification (SBVR). Hendryx is co-chairman of the OMG Business Modeling & Integration Domain Task Force and Business Process Management Initiative Steering Committee, and a member of the Strategic Advisory Board of the Digital Business Ecosystem project(DBE). DBE is an integrated project of the European Commission Framework Program 6 that has adopted SBVR for formal natural language business models to interconnect small and medium sized businesses across Europe for business-to-business transactions. Hendryx is the developer of Model-based Business Engineering, a system engineering methodology for developing business systems from models.
Previously, Hendryx was Director at Nortel Networks, and Senior Manager at KPMG Consulting (now BearingPoint). He has held management positions at Oracle Corporation and AT&T Bell Laboratories, and he holds the degrees Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
In addition to his role as Executive Editor and Founder of Business Process Trends, Paul Harmon is Chief Consultant and Founder of Enterprise Alignment, a professional services company providing educational and consulting services to managers interested in understanding and implementing business process change.
Paul is a noted consultant, author and analyst concerned with applying new technologies to real-world business problems. He is the author of Business Process Change: A Manager's Guide to Improving, Redesigning, and Automating Processes (2003). He has previously co-authored Developing E-business Systems and Architectures (2001), Understanding UML (1998), and Intelligent Software Systems Development (1993). Mr. Harmon has served as a senior consultant and head of Cutter Consortium's Distributed Architecture practice. Between 1985 and 2000 Mr. Harmon wrote Cutter newsletters, including Expert Systems Strategies, CASE Strategies, and Component Development Strategies.
Paul has worked on major process redesign projects with Bank of America, Wells Fargo, Security Pacific, Prudential, and Citibank, among others. He is a member of ISPI and a Certified Performance Technologist. Paul is a widely respected keynote speaker and has developed and delivered workshops and seminars on a wide variety of topics to conferences and major corporations through out the world.
Nicolas Robbe is Director of Business Solutions at ILOG, a leader in Business Rules Management and Optimization Software. Nicolas has over 15 years of experience in the fields of business rules technologies and optimization, and their application to specific-industry problems. Prior to joining ILOG in 1995, Nicolas spent several years in software engineering positions at Siemens and Bull Computers. He attended the University of Colorado and the Universite de Technologie de Compiegne, France, where he graduated with a MS in Computer Science.
6:30 PM -7:15 PM Registration/Networking
7:15 PM -8:15 PM Program
8:15 PM -8:45 PM Audience Q&A
Golden Gate Club
135 Fisher Loop, Presidio
San Francisco, CA 94129
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