I decided to change the title of this blog, and I figured it worth a small note to explain why.
I started the blog three years ago as an experiment. I had a few things to say, but no idea if I would take the time to put them down, and even less of an idea whether anyone would care. Upon reflection, I am satisfied with that step. The blog has been more rewarding than I expected. Continue reading →
For about a year I have been pushing OpenID and OAuth as a key component to a large scale “Social Process” system (see posts here, here, and here). In the past year I have tested these ideas with a project called “Process Leaves” which is essentially a wiki which supports a couple of non-profit organizations I volunteer with. In order to access the protected content, you must log in with an OpenId. Yet there is still a problem. Continue reading →
Three upcoming events might be worth looking into:
This is a free webinar by Robert Shapiro the brain behind XPDL. Few have his insight and experience into the process space. Now a consultant at Process Analytica he brings a vendor independent view to the future of BPM and workflow standards. This will not be a presentation for the timid — expect considerable depth and details. If you are a software vendor thinking about implementing BPMN 2.0 or if you are a consultant that needs to keep up on BPM trends this briefing will be an easy way to get tips to help you plot your way forward.
There has been a big focus on BPM in the government this year, with the DoD sponsored SOA Symposium in DC in April, and now the Process.gov event in June, also in Washington DC. No coincidence that the 2009 BPM & Workflow Handbook has the theme Spotlight on BPM in Government. Most important:
The only event of its kind, Process.gov is strictly non-commercial and no paid-for sessions or sponsored content will be presented. All sessions and presenters are peer-reviewed and subject to a rigorous jury process.
I will be presenting a session on “Model Preserving Strategy” which is also the subject of my chapter in the 2009 Handbook. It is a great opportunity to have face-to-face meetings with many process thought leaders. Price is a very modest $100, but note: if you are not a government employee sign up early: there are a limited number of non-government admissions. As of this moment, there are a few open speaking slots as well (six I believe).
This is the third year for this vendor-independent executive seminar (pdf brochure) located conveniently just across the Hudson River from New York City hosted by Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken NJ. I will be there with a few other though leaders presenting the acclaimed “BPM in Practice” full day tutorial on currently evolving BPM technology and standards. Stevens adds an additional twist with a breakout track focusing on BPMN modeling. Robert Shapiro will surely have lots of interesting details on the BPMN 2.0 standard. Early registration is $495 but you save $100 if you are a WfMC member.
With all the work I do in getting BPM system to interoperate with each other, I have come to recognize a set of potential problem areas. Naturally, vendors are not always forthcoming with these little glitches. So I have put together a list of questions that someone who is currently evaluating product might want to ask the vendor, and gauge the response. Pick and choose, but I hope this list is helpful in getting some probing questions:
- Does your product support a standard external interchange format for process definitions? – some products support only an internal proprietary file format. Continue reading →