The past couple of years, I’ve been attending the academic/research BPM conference – BPM 2008 in Milan, BPM 2009 in Ulm – where BPM researchers from corporate research facilities and universities present papers and findings all about BPM. This is BPM of the future, and if you’re interested in where BPM is going, you should be there, too. This year, for the first time, it’s in North America, hosted by the Stevens Institute in Hoboken, NJ, which provides an opportunity to participate for those of us on this side of the pond with little travel budget. Before you look at my coverage from previous years and cringe in horror at the descriptions of papers rife with statistical analysis, keep in mind that this year there will also be an industry track in addition to the educational paper track, showcasing some of the more practical aspects.
If you’re a BPM vendor, you should be sending along people from your architecture and development labs who are thinking about future generations of your product: they will definitely come away with valuable ideas and contacts. You might even find yourself a smart young Ph.D. candidate with research that specifically matches your interests. If you have your own research that you’d like to share, there’s still time to submit a paper for one of the pre-conference workshops.
Vendors, you should also consider sponsoring the conference: this is a prestigious place to have your name associated with BPM, and is likely to have more lasting benefits than sponsoring your standard BPM dog-and-pony show. You can find out more about sponsorship opportunities here. Tell Michael that I sent you. 🙂
I’ve previously extolled the benefits of attending the annual international research conference on BPM, and for those of you in North America who just weren’t ready to shell out for a trip to Europe, you’re in luck: it’s coming to Stevens Institute in New Jersey in September. Although this has always been an academic research conference, rife with papers full of statistical analysis, this year the organizers are creating an industry track for practitioners to discuss the adoption and use of BPM:
The industry track will provide practitioners with the opportunity to present insight gained through BPM projects. We are particularly interested in case studies from the perspective of user organizations. While contributions from consultants and vendors are appreciated, pure product demonstrations, method tutorials, or vendor showcases will not be accepted in the industry track. All contributions to the industry track have to describe experiences with BPM methods and/or technologies from the viewpoint of the adopting organization.
This is not the usual conference PowerPoint deck: you have to actually write a paper. If you want to present in the industry track, you must submit an abstract by February 15th.
If you’re submitting a paper for the regular research tracks, the paper (not just an abstract) is due by March 14th. You can also submit a paper in the new education track, specifically about education and training methods for the BPM professional, also due by March 14th.
Even if you’re not giving a paper, I highly recommend that BPM vendors send along someone from their design/engineering team. This conference shows BPM research that (in some cases) indicates where product functionality could go in the future; best to get in there and see it first hand.