The SOA Consortium and BPM Consortium are co-hosting a two-day symposium, September 15-16 2009, in San Antonio Texas. The program features invited speaker talks, case studies, panels and group discussion on using SOA and BPM, individually and together, to achieve business value.
Invited Speaker Sessions:
Clay Richardson, Forrester, Analyst Keynote on The future of BPM and SOA
Dr. Wolfram Jost, Executive Board Member, IDS Scheer on Survival of the Process Fittest
In times of turmoil, change, and volatility – people and technology are in flux, but business thrive on the processes they run on. The consistency, speed, and quality of processes are what drives the delivery of products and services to customers and improves the bottom line. The companies surviving the economic storm have been process oriented all along. But becoming “process-fit” is more than applying BPM technology; it’s a cultural mindset. This presentation focuses on what it takes to effectively use BPM to better survive troubling economic circumstances with a process-oriented mindset, culture, and technology.
David Broadbent, Business Process Consultant, Parity Solutions on How to Overcome Resistance to Change in Change Programmes
There have been many papers written about how business process management can yield benefits to organizations but not enough about dealing with the people aspects of change. David Broadbent presented a case study at the OMG BPM Think Tank in Putten Holland in November 2008 looking at the aspects of culture on change programmes, describing culture as the ‘forgotten variable’ in change programmes. Following ongoing work with a number of clients this talk will take some of the thoughts he presented to the next stage, namely how to resolve the ‘Resistance to change’.
Olivier Brousseau, IT Chief Architect, Oilfield Services IT division of Schlumberger, on Information for Excellence journey at Schlumberger, a SOA case study
Schlumberger launched at the end of 2007 a program called "Excellence in Execution" with a goal to deliver flawless execution to its customers. In 09, this remains a key strategy to ensure that the company comes out of the downturn changed and more competitive. Schlumberger’s customers are executing more difficult and much larger projects in more remote locations. This implies huge advances in technology to be able to recover hydrocarbons cost effectively. It also implies that the value of reliability in operations to our customers has increased dramatically.
Recognizing that Information and IT systems will play a key role in improving the business processes required to support this program, VP Quality and CIO of Schlumberger called for a step change in delivering information and IT systems. IfX, Information for Excellence, is the New standard to drive the organization towards field efficiency. The IfX will ensure that applications are field-friendly, that they minimize redundancy of information entry, improve control, and streamline field operations and processes. The talk presents the IfX Journey at Schlumberger, and how SOA is a key enabler to deliver IfX compliant systems.
Tushar K. Hazra, PhD, Principal and Solution Architect, Distinguished Engineering Group Federal Consulting Practice, Computer Sciences Corporation, on Leveraging BPM and EA Connections for Building Your Transformation Enterprise, a case study
In today’s transformational business world, process innovation and improvements are keys to the successful delivery of tangible business values, agility, and performance. Many companies and agencies start their BPM (business process management), EA (enterprise architecture), and SOA (service oriented architecture) initiatives independently to achieve such goals. However, when BPM, and EA or SOA projects are connected early, significantly higher business benefits can be achieved than the outcome of their individual completions. Practitioners can gain a deep understanding of processes from BPM. This knowledge can subsequently be utilized to establish a roadmap for building a transformational enterprise through EA and or SOA projects, in many occasions concurrently.
This session presents a case study of an ongoing joint BPM and EA initiative that leverages the true significance of managing business processes involved in EA. The case study offers a commentary of the “what”, “how”, and “when” aspects of the initiative and shares relevant lessons learned.
Fred A. Cummins, HP Fellow, on SOA for Business
SOA is about accessing shared business capabilities across organizational boundaries. This means SOA is about the architecture of business, not just the composition of IT solutions. The implications of this are far-reaching and affect not only the structure of business processes, but the structure of the organization and the means by which the enterprise is optimized and transformed. This talk will provide an overview of SOA from a business perspective: the specification and integration of services, the implementation of business processes, the analysis of value chains, and the changes that are needed in enterprise governance for the enterprise to fully exploit the enabling technology.
Aleks Buterman, Principal, SenseAgility Group on Integration Capability Portfolio as Means of Competitive Advantage
What if you could integrate major mergers in weeks, rather than years? What if you could accurately forecast integration value, cost and timelines? Any organization armed with this set of core competencies would have a sizable competitive advantage in the marketplace. These questions are not meant to spur debate, nor are they academic. Processes and tools have progressed far enough over the past decade where building a capability portfolio focused on integration is no longer a state of the art. Assessing and improving the effectiveness of this capability portfolio is crucial to organizations who use M&A as part of their growth strategy and investment professionals who underwrite and finance these deals. This presentation will outline how capabilities enabled by Service Oriented Architecture (SOA), Business Process Management (BPM), and Master Data Management (MDM) can be assembled into an Integration Capability Portfolio that can be leveraged at any time, and with great velocity.
In addition to the above sessions, there will be panel discussions, an introduction to Business Ecology, the announcement of the SOA Consortium Case Study Contest winners, and open discussion time.
The SOA & BPM Symposium is a public event. For more information on the agenda and registration, please go here.