Charlie Doucot, head of IDS Scheer’s North American operations, opened the conference by talking about their growth in the past year, particularly in their new and growing partnerships with Microsoft and SAP. SAP has a huge presence at this show — one of this morning’s three tracks is “process-driven SAP management” — and I’m looking forward to seeing more of what they’re doing together, especially since it now looks like I’ll be attending SAPPHIRE in May.
Thomas Volk, president and CEO of IDS Scheer, talked to us briefly about the rise of the operational CEO, who
- sets objectives prescriptively
- manages accountability objectively
- monitors execution constantly
- sees potential problems early
- makes adjustments regularly
in order to return shareholder value, increase market valuation, grow the top line, and mitigate risks. He sees ARIS as providing “corner office command-and-control of the operational strategy”, which I think is a great phrase to describe how today’s executives need to keep an eye on what’s happening in their organizations at a high level.
I missed the press briefing this morning (through no fault IDS Scheer’s excellent press relations, but through my own inability to read a schedule), but there were a number of announcements there as well. From their press releases:
- A technology partnership with Minitab Inc., a quality improvement software and services provider, that will offer joint customers an integrated solution for Six Sigma, a rigorous methodology that uses data and statistical analysis to measure and improve a company’s operational performance, practices and systems.
- An integrated offering of ARIS Business Architect and the BMC Atrium CMDB product, which enables the design and building of IT Services based on business processes.
- A process-based solution for the fabricated metals industry that has received official qualification from SAP AG in the United States and Germany – the new ARIS SmartPath for Fabricated Metals.
- A three-year partnership agreement with the Supply-Chain Council (SCC).
- The completion of the first phase of a business transformation initiative at Intrum Justitia, a European credit management services company, successfully transforming a legacy application into a Business Driven SOA using the ARIS Bridge integration from IDS Scheer and E2E.