bpmNEXT 2016 retrospective

Concluding with a few impressions from bpmNEXT last week.  While it’s impossible to summarize everything that happened there (I guess you could just join next year), here are some of my key takeaways:BPM has reached maturity stage, we’re past the …

bpmNEXT 2016 (part 5)

Final half-a-day of bpmNEXT presentations and demos, before heading back home.Intent-driven and future-proof user experiencesAppian talked about UIs.  They have created an architecture called Sail UI using a server-side approach to UI and focusing…

bpmNEXT 2016 (part 4)

The afternoon of day 2 is starting (after a long lunch break):Decision modeling serviceOracle presented their decision modeling service, based on DMN, for extracting decision logic (for example from the process).  After a quick introduction to DMN…

bpmNEXT 2016 (part 3)

Starting day 2 of bpmNEXT.  [Had to give my own presentation as well in this slot, and had to write this up afterwards, resulting in slightly shorter write ups.]Cloud architecture accelerating innovation in application developmentSalesforce showca…

bpmNEXT 2016 (part 2)

Continuation of bpmNEXT impressions.  Especially the BPM analyst panel was very interesting and spiked a lot of discussion !BPM Analyst Panel Maureen Fleming, Sandy Kemsley, Clay Richardson, Jim Sinur, Neil Ward-DuttonFrom the analyst point of vie…

bpmNEXT 2016 (part 1)

This year, I’m attending bpmNEXT for the first time.  
It a nice conference, currently the 4th year, where BPM vendors, analysts and researchers collectively show their innovation, vision and research and discuss among each other.
Now in its fourth year, bpmNEXT is the definitive showcase of the next generation of Business Process Management software – including intelligent operations, the Internet of Things (IoT), case management, business decision management, and goal-directed processes.

bpmNEXT has consistently been the defining launch pad for the ideas and innovations surrounding technology-led business process innovation. Presentations are not case studies of past successes, but vision statements on where we need to go next.
This is no typical “how to” conference aimed at BPM newcomers. It is designed specifically for those already chest deep in BPM and wanting to get in early on the next generation of process innovation technology – touch it, see it, and influence it.
– See more at: http://www.bpmnext.com/#sthash.Q0RZDMoe.dpu

I’m presenting on ‘Case-driven applications’ on the second day, but looking forward to see what others have planned as well.  And the discussions and networking around it of course, probably one of the best selling points of this conference (although the Santa Barbara location comes close as well ;)).

Here’s a quick overview (from my point of view) about some of the key topics of the first half of day 1.

BPM 2016-2020
Bruce Silver and Nathaniel Palmer are kicking off, with an outlook for the next 5 year, how all companies (and he gave Tesla as a prime example) are becoming software companies, where there’s increasing focus on process and the battle for the end user is turning into a battle of easy-to-use UIs (not UI, but a combination of multiple different UIs).

Schroeder’s BPM revisited
Neil Ward-Dutton talked about digital transformation, as a digital thread that you have to weave globally across your entire organization (and even outside that boundary to customers) that focuses on decisions, agility, etc.  There’s need for a platform to manage your knowledge efficiently.  And BPM offers a lot of building blocks to achieve this, but maybe it’s time to think about rethinking / repackaging some of this to focus on the customer’s bigger picture.

Positioning Business Modeling
Panel: Clay Richardson, Denis Gagne, Kramer Reeves (Bruce Silver moderator)
BPM modeling can no longer be seen as something separate, as when talking about modeling there’s other areas like modeling cases, decisions, organizations, KPIs, etc. and they are all related.  Is this ‘business modeling’ and how do we bring them together, how do we as vendors sell this story to analysts and customers?

  • Incredible appetite from business analysts for building (almost any kind of) models to quickly prototype
  • How do we measure ROI?
    • BPM has operational automation benefits
    • Is it about speed to market?
    • Capturing knowledge in a standardized way (for long-term sustainability)
  • Is the BPM approach sustainable?  Can we keep adding more models / adding more capabilities as minimal requirements to BPM products?
  • Aren’t some models throw-away (high-level communication vehicles rather than operational model)?
While there’s no clear answers on some of these questions, I guess the consensus seemed to be that we can all work together on this to make a bigger pie for all of us.
Building a Value-Added BPM Business
Panel: Pramod Sachdeva, Scott Francis, Jonathan Sapir (Nathaniel Palmer moderator)
How, from a customer’s point of view, is the market changing?  What are customers looking for?

  • Customers are looking for much more than just a process, they are looking for complete solutions.
  • Is BPM shifting, or are the applications that we are building with BPM shifting?  Are BPM products growing or are they becoming part of a bigger ecosystem?
  • Can we get end users more involved?  Can everyone (end users, developers, QE, etc.) each participate at their level? What is preventing this, as this isn’t purely a technological issue.
  • What skillsets are required when looking for business analysts or IT to be involved in such an effort?
  • We need to be realistic about what end users can change, by constraining what they can change we might be able to allow them to do so.  For example by extracting decision logic in rules (that could be updated).
  • We want to give users a low-code environment where they can take control.

jBPM on Red Hat Summit / DevNation

From June 21st – 26th, Boston will be the place to be for the Red Hat Summit and DevNation 2015 conferences.
This year, I’ll be presenting two sessions on Summit:
Wednesday, June 24 (10:40 am – 11:40 am)
Enabling business users to update their applications and processes is an integral part of business automation. Doing so requires rich client web technology and a powerful workbench to customize and extend business rules management (BRM) and business process management (BPM) solutions.

Red Hat JBoss BPM Suite is a flexible and powerful BPM platform, offering business process modeling, execution, and monitoring capabilities for numerous use cases. It can be used in different environments, and, as a result, the platform can be integrated in multiple architectures and configured in detail. The platform can be customized to provide customer-specific enhancements.

In this session, you will:

  • View a live process-driven application demo.
  • Discover the top technical things you need to know about the latest version of JBoss BPM Suite.
  • Get answers to some of the most asked questions.
  • Learn the truth about BPM myths.
  • Find out what’s next for JBoss BPM Suite.
Continuously improve your processes with Red Hat JBoss BPM Suite
Kris Verlaenen — jBPM Project Lead, Red Hat
Thursday, June 25 (1:20 pm – 2:20 pm)
Business process management (BPM) lets your business operate smoothly and in a controlled manner. But to get the results you want, you have to be willing to continuously improve your processes. Join us to see how jBPM and Red Hat JBoss BPM Suite help you continually improve your processes.

We will explain and demo how to:

  • Collaborate on designing processes.
  • Manage your processes using multiple repositories and projects.
  • Promote business assets (from development to production).
  • Execute different versions of your processes in parallel spaces.
  • Perform process instance migration.
  • Implement a new functionality as a process. 
[Credits for this proposal go out to Maciej, who did most of the work]
I won’t be presenting on DevNation this year, but I’ll definitely be around as well, for some late night coding and if necessary some beers 🙂 Let me know if you’re planning to attend and would like to meet up at some point !
There will be numerous other interesting Summit presentations where jBPM will be involved as well, for example:
And a lab as well, on integration with Fuse:

jBPM at DevConf 2015

Maciej reports that he’ll be presenting at DevConf 2015 in Brno:I am happy to announce that a talk and workshop about jBPM 6 has been accepted at DevConf 2015 in Brno.Talk: jBPM – BPM Swiss knifeDuring the presentation jBPM will be introduced from the …