Congratulations to Ian Gotts by

I’m a little overdue, but I just wanted to take time out to say congratulations and thanks to Ian Gotts, one of the movers and shakers in BPM for many years.  Just two years ago his firm, Nimbus, sold to Tibco.  Even before then, clearly big conference events were a passion for Ian, and he has now joined a firm focused solely on the Event business.

I have spent every hour of the last 16 years evangelizing the importance of process. I have seen huge progress over the years, but still “process” is a dirty word and 2nd class citizen in many organizations.  But those who have embraced process improvement and embedded it as a culture in their organizations have achieved fantastic results. Reduced costs, reduced rework, improved cycle time, happier staff, delighted clients.  So who wouldn’t want it?  Beats me.  In our small way at Nimbus and then at TIBCO we managed to help transform some very large organizations like Nestle, AstraZeneca, ThyssenKrupp, Carphone Warehouse and BAE Systems. And little by little word has spread. It has been fantastic leading such a great Nimbus team, and connecting with like-minded analysts, CEOs and consultants. But my time is done. TIBCO owns Nimbus and has some clear ideas on taking it to market. Which gives me the space to fulfill my entrepreneurial aspirations in San Francisco, where I now live.

And Ian is doing what many of us who have the process-bug have done – tackle an industry that doesn’t have enough “BPM” in it and build something that takes advantage of all the process thinking, married up with all the domain expertise of that industry.  It sounds like a winning formula to me (more on this in a subsequent post).

Good luck Ian, and thanks for all the good work in BPM and contributions across blogs, events, speaking engagements and thought leadership in our space.  It turns out that events are also an area of interest to me (my wife owns Red Velvet Events), so I’ll be keeping an eye out on her behalf!