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New arrivals and our BPX-ASUG community day at Sapphire and more

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 :

  • Hot of the press; We will launch an ERP and business suite Enhancement Packages community on BPX together with an exclusive eSOA starter kit in our joint SDN/BPX SOA community. This will allow the community to first hand have a look into all the roll out information about the latest and greatest SAP enhancement packages on BPX, provide feedback in wikis, blogs and forums about the packages and incorporate it into existing and future enhancement packages.
  • We will have 2 new industry area launches on the community (Professional Services / Transportation & Logistics) totaling to 18 industry community forums on BPX,  Last year we announced the launch of 12 industries and today we continue to expand our innovative presence and new ways of collaboration.
  • We will launch a Value Engineering community area under the BPX community umbrella (Showcase extracts from Business Transformation and Benchmarking studies) – SAP customers and experts can collaborate on best practices related to Business Case Building and benchmarking , totaling our expansion to a healthy 11 horizontal community areas. Benchmarking data of the following areas can be accessed: Human Capital Management (short), Finance (short), Supplier Relationship Management/Procurement (short), Manufacturing (short), Supply Chain Planning (Short), Order to Cash, Business Intelligence, Warehouse Management, Transportation Management, New Product Development and Introduction, Enterprise Health check at launch.
  • We will also launch the with Community help first edition of the BPX Book   called sophisticated empathy. The first edition of the book will be totaling more than 150 pages of helpful information about the BPX role, the implications of the role in organizations and technology and factors for success
  • We will also have the launch of the REACH compliance initiative by the Chemicals Industry community on the BPX community. Where REACH compliance topics collaboratively will be tackled by SAP customers across many European countries.
  • 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 !


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    • Congratulations are certainly in order to you and your family from all of us.   As Alvaro noted, you will have a number of extended aunties and uncles and grannies to dote on Evan as part of this family arrangement. And we won’t mind in the least if you slip a few choice photos into your keynote presentational materials that are of a different process story than the BPX one. We’ll also try to get you sent home from Sapphire as quickly as possible after your pre-conference day and your conference meetings.  Because this transformation is the highest order of business.  Best from all of us Marco!
      • Marco!

        Congratulations! Evan will surely become a part of SCN family! -:D I’m so happy about you…Only a father can know the experience of holding a son or daughter in open arms…Enjoy!



        • Thank you so much both for the well wishes. I hope to include some of the pictures in my ” the world is rapidly changing” keynote speach at Sapphire !

          By the way this baby gives a new meaning to Baby Process Expert …. smile