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What fun.  My very first Blog and I get to talk about something I feel very passionate about – Workflow!  Actually, in this case, it will be a Birds of a Feather session on Tech Ed Community Day (Las Vegas) entitled ‘Workflow for Suits’.

Marilyn Pratt suggested the title; I met Marilyn briefly at the ASUG All-Volunteer meeting in Chicago in June – a very inspiring community evangelist.  You can read more aboutTrue Confessions – A Love Affair with ASUG and the SAP TechEd Addiction

True Confessions – A Love Affair with ASUG and the SAP TechEd Addiction

And Mark Finnern, SDN Guru, was kind enough to give me a mention on his BlogBOF Sessions at Community Day Las Vegas

So, what is Workflow for Suits about ?  Over the past 10 years of workflowing, and being an ASUG volunteer, I’ve seen a wide range of interest in Workflow.  The managers seem to think it’s a good idea.  The technical folks are eager to add a new skill to their repertoire if they can.  And the business folks know that something is broken, or not working as well as it should, and so they are interested. 

What I’d like to do is encourage all attendees to learn some basics – how we can all speak the same lingo at least, and then talk about how we can enable each other in implementing better business processes.  I can’t really speak on how to implement Guided Procedures, or Collaboration tasks, or Business Process Management – because I am a much more hands-on person and I have yet to go there personally.  But the gist of some of  these cool toys is that they were built on the rock-solid, industrial-strength workflow engine.  This tool has been around for over 10 years, and has just gotten stronger and more robust with each release.  No wonder SAP is leveraging it by adding on more user-friendly interfaces and ways of using it! 

So, that’s a start.  I realize there is not a lot of info here, but I am new to blogging, and also, I’ve never done a Community Day BoF before.  Send me your suggestions ?  That is what will really make this part of Community Day.


PS:  What was I thinking?  I am sending out some linklove to my fellow ASUG Volunteers (BITI Group – we make the pieces fit) who are also participating in Community Day – these are great people to meet and have fun with!

Jim Spath

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  1. Ginger Gatling
    Hi Sue,
    Congrats on your first blog!  I look forward to being at your session in the discussion of ‘workflow for suits’ – seems like we should dicuss value gained by existing workflows in productiong.  Normally suit people love to see a number with some savings ๐Ÿ™‚
    See you there!
    All the best
  2. Former Member
    Great title. That sums the whole thing up clean as a whistle and flute (suit – geddit?).

    That’s going to be one really useful day with enough expertise-exchange in both directions to pay for a few new suits once it’s put to practice.

    All the best,

    1. Susan Keohan Post author
      Hi Alan,

      I wish I could take credit for the title, but that is pure Marilyn Pratt.  But I do have high hopes that we’ll be able to learn a lot and have some fun too.


  3. Mark Finnern
    Hi Susan,
    I once read that to get to mastery level you have to put in 10 years and 3-4 hours of practice every day.

    You can do a Workflow BOF session without any prep or visual crutches like PowerPoint slides I am convinced.

    The beauty of a BOF session is that there may be people participating, that have first hand experiences in the areas that you don’t like: Guided Procedures, or Collaboration tasks, or Business Process Management.

    I would like to reiterate, that you don’t have to be a specialist to host a BOF session around a theme that interests you.

    It is called hosting for a reason. Yes you introduce the session and give some background to set up the stage, after that you just make sure that the dialog is moving forward and people are engaged and share their experience.

    Thomas Ritter did quite a good write-up of his first BOF session earlier this year at the community day in Melbourne: SDN Community Day in Melbourne

    He had a list of questions or things that he wanted to cover and went down that list when the discussion slowed down.

    Don’t worry, it will all work out quite nicely.  Really looking forward to it, Mark.

  4. Thanks for the link love Sue.

    For those of still confused, Karin’s name is pronounced Car-in.  ๐Ÿ™‚


  5. Susan Keohan Post author
    Hi all,

    One week until Community Day at TechEd!  I am really looking forward to the entire week, and of course, meeting lots of new friends at Workflow for Suits.
    It’d be really great if those of you who plan to attend this BoF signed up so I have an idea of how many cupcakes I should bake.  Kidding.  You’ve never had my cupcakes – and you probably don’t want to.

    Anyhow, drop me a line if you think you can make it.  I promise it will be fun!



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