bpmNEXT 2015 Program and Schedule Are Up

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bpmNEXTWe’re really looking forward to the 2015 lineup for bpmNEXT.  This has been the best conference for innovative BPM technology for the previous two years, and 2015 promises to continue the trend. More on the program here.

I’m honored to be participating in a panel with Denis Gagne of Trisotech and Miguel Valdés Faura of Bonitasoft to talk about the business of BPM and how our respective businesses work.

Building a BPM Ecosystem, Miguel Valdes Faura, Bonitasoft; Scott Francis, BP-3 Global; Denis Gagne, Trisotech and Business Process Incubator

This thought leadership panel discusses the elements that define today’s BPM ecosystem, from perspectives that cut across the landscape of BPM business models. Bonitasoft is an open-source BPMS platform that relies on the open source software community as well as its own customer/partner community to contribute components used in end-to-end solutions. BP3 Global has managed the transition from a “captive” IBM BPM partner to a supplier of tools and solutions for multiple BPMS platforms. Denis Gagne will discuss the Business Process Incubator business model and how model interchange standards and tools help Trisotech provide integrated end to end solutions for customers. We’ll hear about challenges faced and overcome, with suggestions for how the various BPM players could do possibly do things differently to advance the business for everyone. We expect some spirited Q&A with the audience.

We won’t be reprising our improved offerings for BPM user interface despite major improvements in Brazos UI and Brazos Portal.  We’ll make those announcements leading up to bpmNEXT but we won’t be rehashing those demonstrations despite the new goodies we have to show off (we didn’t even have Brazos Portal this year, and it is visually impactful).

This year we’re bringing our A game with a brand new product offering that will help BPM practitioners and managers sleep at night with automated code analysis.  It is another step in BP3’s vision for improving customer experience with BPM by attacking the parts of BPM typically ignored by software vendors, but which we have a front row seat to as a professional services organization.  Ivan and I are excited to bring a great demonstration to this audience.

Sleep at Night Again: Automated Code Analysis, Scott Francis and Ivan Kornienko, BP-3 Global

BPM platforms, such as IBM BPM, have the benefit of being able to export all UIs, process models, integrations, and every other piece of code that makes up the solution as a single file. This one file represents both the value to be gained from using BPM as well as the technical debt an organization takes on by turning it on for it’s business users. We have spent the last 3 years collecting and curating best practices and anti patterns from dozens of our consultants and hundreds of solutions they’ve been exposed to over the years. This exercise has lead us to define what we are calling Neches Rules. If not followed, each of these rules represents an adverse effect to a solutions performance or maintainability. Using a proprietary algorithm, we apply these rules to a BPM solution export file and generate a provide the user with a list issues at specific locations in their solution code and suggestions on how to fix them. This session will cover our rule set, the automated solution analysis process, and a live demo of our solution analysis tool, Neches.

I’m also personally excited to see Neil Ward-Dutton speak. I’ve had the good fortune to debate with him the merits of various bits of BPM over the years but I’ve always missed his presentations due to scheduling conflicts.  Clay Richardson is speaking on a topic near and dear to my heart – customer experience.

There are old favorites I’m looking forward to again in 2015 – Gero Decker’s presentations have been fun the last two years, we have new folks from IBM attending, and our old friends John Reynolds and Keith Swenson, among a cast of industry leaders.  This is great stuff. So glad that we can participate.