Still think you need BPEL?

Fourteen years ago, IBM and Microsoft announced plans to introduce a new language called Business Process Execution Langauge (BPEL) to much fanfare and controversy.  This post takes a retrospective look at BPEL, how things have progressed, and ponders the point of it all. Continue reading

Podcast about Robust BPM

Peter Schoof interviewed me last week on the subject of robust BPM. (Thanks Peter!)  This had been the basis of a talk I gave in Montreal at  the Workshop on Methodologies for Robustness Injection into Business Processes.  It is a quick 15 minute summary:

Robust BPM: Keith Swenson Explains How to Build Processes That Last

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BPM and SOA — Different Sides of the Same Coin

Here is a link to a podcast inteview on the subject of BPM and SOA — Different Sides of the Same Coin addressing these questions:

  • What new developments in the BPM space should companies be looking out for in the next 12 months?
  • Increasingly, I’ve been hearing the words BPM and SOA used together a lot. How come?
  • What are your thoughts on BPM Centers of Excellence? Do they or can they make a difference?

BPM Philosophy, not Technology

Found another interesting and thoughtful discussion of terminology: Workflow or Process Management. I like the six sided cube analogy, and I agree that BPM includes all those aspects. In this view again “workflow” is equated with the human dimension. The only critique I have of the post is: once you include all 6 facets, is there anything in the technical universe that is NOT BPM? Continue reading