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This week Sapphire had a lot of interesting topics that were discussed for the BPX community. We had great momentum, being mentioned in every single keynote at Sapphire. For us that was another milestone in our short existence that we matter. SAP truly is starting to put weight behind this whole new world of a full blown BPP and eSOA driving innovation and business process (re)design. What this means for the professionals in the community, is that we need to really start driving the skill set enhancement offerings to support this new wave.

Now it probably does not mean that it will happen overnight. I think we are going to need some help from all of you to define what skill sets are needed for a BPX.-er of the future. We are thinking to have 3 or 4 levels of certification in the community:
BPX bronze level
An example could be:
Tools
Visio, intermediate
Visual Composer 101,intermediate
Communications, completed course
ARIS, intermediate
Solution Composer, beginner
Processes
Intorduction to process modeling 101, completed course
Six sigma green belt, completed course
2 core modules ( such as HR, Service), completed course
1 end to end business process, completed course
1 industry specific process, completed course
Soft Skills
1 leadership and management course, completed course
1 project management course, completed course
1 change management course,completed course
2 communication courses, completed course
Community
200 points by blogging/ webcast
100 points by QA in forums

BPX silver level Suggestions welcomed, I was thinking about six sigma brown belt, experienced in Aris, Solution Composer, etc
BPX gold level Suggestions welcomed
BPX architect Suggestions welcomed

There is no doubt in mind that what we are trying to do with the BPX community is the right thing. What we will have to keep doing is to continuously evolve and improve to support what is happening out there. However if we use collective projection, we might be able to make this future really happen.

What these levels then contain I would like to discuss in a follow up blog.

Sideways I want to share a quick story with you all. I met this guy at the conference that could read minds. His name was Bob Garner. He wrote a book around what he calls the untapped potential. He uses certain techniques to read peoples minds.. it was almost scary, but he was never wrong, whomever he picked from the audience. He explains in his book that it is possible to predict the future, but there is a chance you might not be always right. However, if you practice enough you can read peoples attitudes, minds, and you can use the collective to project something collectively. Although I myself and fairly rational and pretty much not a believer in a lot of this stuff, the fact that he could really read peoples minds, was something unexplainable to me.

Now what does this have to do with what I just said about the certification story of above.
I would like to understand what you as a member, a reader thinks. Are we on track with this approach, or should we do it differently? Your collective feedback would be great.

Marco

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  1. Andre Truong
    in the context of SAP, I’d think BPX with at least some mySAP Business Suite experience coupled with Netweaver technologies related to composition and enterprise SOA.

    That where business meets technology, right?

    If a BPX certfication only addresses the domain knowledge and process modeling, would that be enough? Isn’t it what business analyst or functional people are?

    What about process design, execution, re-engineering, optimization…? That implies the need of some technology, right? If the goal is to have the BPX doing some of that, I’d suggest a little more technical content to your certification programs.

    my 2 cents…

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  2. Marco ten Vaanholt Post author
    Andre, This is exactly the feedback I was hoping for. I am still not sure if we should make it very SAP specific, or we keep it generic. If we would make it too specific to SAP, would we exclude potential others that are not in the SAP world yet ? There are some pro’s and con’s. I definitely think to add some technical certifications should be considered. However the question is how technical do we want to get and what should we offer. More suggestions are very welcome.

    Marco

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  3. Marco ten Vaanholt Post author
    Thanks Mario for putting that together. The discussion still remains, how to become and stay a BPX er in the now and the future. You list a lot of skills on there that a lot of consultants in the field already have. The question I have is how do you certify that as well. I do invite people to add to the wiki if they feel like it. 

    Marco

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    1. Mario Herger
      Well, I doubt that (no offense for the consultants please). Otherwise we wouldn’t need BPX, if consultants already had all the skills 😉
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      1. Marco ten Vaanholt Post author
        What I meant was that a lot of people already have a lot of basis skills. Functional consultants knowing visio, presentation skills, dabbled into some rapid prototyping html, using solution manager, configuring apps. They can utilize these to use as stepping stone to become a BPXer. To say people do not have those skills at all or are mostly lacking would not be accurate.

        Marco

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