Our BPX community team and all of our community members and key participants are in full force preparation for Sapphire. I always get very excited about these events. This is an opportunity for me and the team to meet our BPX members, and aspiring BPXers face to face. It also allows me to share my experiences with peers and partners and customers as well as the media, bloggers and the press. After a full year of creating awareness and ramping our BPX community up to over 350,000 members, growing more than 250,000 members in one year, this is the ideal time to share with you what we have planned for you.
So what is planned for BPXers and the community at Sapphire:
Well first of all we have a jampacked BPX specific day the day before Sapphire opens on Sunday May 4
I will provide a 30-40 minute keynote at the start of the day, to put the day into gear, however the real meat will come after my talk with 5 very interesting round table sessions where all of the participants get to be involved
Sesssion 1 will discuss the Business Process Transformation in the software industry. Mark Scavillo of the SAP process office will conduct this round table and will explain why BPX is becoming an important topic, the possible benefits of taking a BPM approach and some early sharng of pittfalls and succesful approaches.
Session 2 will be held on Business Architecture with Cheryl Mascaro. She will share the building blocks that are needed to develop you Enterprise Busines Architecture and how it can help you make useful decisions for Business Services ( those SOA enabled objects) that can be re-used in your company.
Session 3 will be held on the organizational change management topic by Kerry Brown. Here best practices will be shared through providing customer stories and case studies.
Session 4 will share the part 1 roadmap for SAP NW Business process management by Ginger Gatling. Here you will learn the inside scoop on new development in the area of BPM. You will also see a sneak preview of what new tool the BPXer of the future will use and you will be updated on the BPM roadmap and release plan
Session 4 part 2 will be held on how to design composite applications and lessons learned at Cardinal Health by using the Composition Environment. the role of the BPX in the design and execution will be disucssed as well
Last but not least in session 5 the BPX community project by Dick Hirsch, Owen Petitford and Ranjan Baghal ( Siemens, Fujitsu) will demonstrate how web2.0 technologies and external collaboration can play an increasingly major role in business process improvement projects.
At the end of the day we have a panel discussion on the business process transformation of BPM with some very insightful speakers
Now on top of that we have a few new community areas that will launch around Sapphire that allows us to continue to expand our footprint and that are exciting new areas to discover and see if you want to be part of :
We of course continue to have tons of interaction in all of our existing forums and community areas such as Governance Risk and Compliance and Corporate Social Responsibility or CRM.
So hopefully you can tell I am super excited by all this activity on our community
I am looking forward to see everyone at Sapphire !