The Changing Nature of Work

I’ve been completely remiss with my blogging this week at the academic/research conference on BPM this week in Clermont-Ferrand, France. This isn’t for lack of good material from the workshops and presentations, but I’ve been a bit busy preparing for the keynote that I gave this morning:

I really enjoyed the discussion afterwards, both in the Q&A and at the break later. There is quite a bit of research already happening in the areas that I list as “unsolved problems” (by which I mean, generally unsolved in commercial products), and I gained some good insights on removing the boundary between what we now thing of as structured and unstructured processes.

There is a bit of Twitter action going on at the conference, using both the hashtags #BPM2011 and #BPM11, with Michael zur Muehlen leading the pack on live-tweeting my presentation.

2011 BPM Conference Season, Part 2

The fall conference season is about to kick off. Although I’ve turned down a few invitations because of the heavy client travel schedule (where I’m actually implementing the stuff I talk about, but don’t talk about directly, hence the lack of blogging lately), you can catch me at a few places this fall:

bpmlogoBPM 2011, the 9th annual academic research conference on BPM in Clermont-Ferrand. where I will be keynoting the industry track. I have attended this conference for the past few years and am hugely honored to be asked to keynote. I love this conference because it gives me a peek into the academic research going on in BPM – although I barely remember what an eigenvector is, I can always see some good ideas emerging here that will undoubtedly become some software vendor’s killer feature in a few years. This conference was in the US last year for the first time (it is usually in Europe, where a great deal of the research goes on) and I encouraged a lot of US BPM vendors to attend; hopefully, they will have seen the value in the conference and will get themselves on an international flight this time.

progresstriumph_logoProgress Software’s Revolution user conference in Boston, where I will be delivering an Introduction to BPM workshop. As Progress continues to integrate the Savvion acquisition, they are dedicated to educating their user community and channel partners on BPM, and this workshop forms part of those efforts.

bbc_125_isfBuilding Business Capability (formerly Business Rules Forum and Business Process Forum) in Fort Lauderdale, where I am reprising an updated version of my Aligning BPM and Enterprise Architecture tutorial that I gave at the IRM BPM conference in London in June. I’m also sitting on and/or moderating three panels: one on the Process Knowledge Initiative, one on Business  Architecture versus Technical Architecture, and a BPM vendor panel.

I may be attending a few other conferences, but with my Air Canada gold status already in the bag for next year, there’s no pressure. 🙂