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Pursuing Process Excellence – The Essential BPX Workout

 *Updated with links for the webinars and access for non-ASUG members

The BPX Workout or Warmup

Chatting with SAP MentorJon Reed earlier this week helped validate a metaphor I was thinking of to describe participating in a series of  BPX Webcasts and TechEd Community Day activities designed for BPX Community members and co-sponsored by ASUG: the Essential BPX Workout.


Why workout?  A warm-up is usually something athletes do to prevent injury and improve performance.


Since many of the topics of the Business Process Expert Community revolve around process improvement, agility of implementation, modeling tools and the skills and training of a business process expert, I started to imagine the BPX Community Day as a kind of strength and fitness training; a boot camp to boost implementation health.

The following are some of the webcast abstract details and they correspond quite well to the upcoming BPX Day in TechEd Las Vegas.  The webcasts or webinars will serve as a pre-warmup to a more intensive training day called Community Day and a few will be a follow-up after the event.  You can get a good taste of what kind of experts you can train with by listening in.  The first webinar session was recorded already and the contents will shortly be made available on the wiki.

The slides for Mark Scavillo’s presentation are posted and found here

Also in the line up for the webinar series will be some fresh contents from the Galaxy team.

Watch the wiki for updates and additional content for the BPX Track for Community Day which will be held on September 8th at TechEd Las Vegas.  Feel free to add contents, suggestions and participation directly into the wiki space.


Here’s the ASUG/BPX webinar agenda: 

June 30, 2008 at 11 am EDT

Title: The BPM Transformation: SAP’s Journey to Process Orientation

Abstract: Companies are redesigning business processes to attain gains in performance, reduce costs, increase agility, and deliver greater value to their customers while generating higher profits for

shareholders.  To realize those goals they are redefining organizational roles while focusing on the redesign.  But without reshaping “organizational cultures to emphasize teamwork, personal accountability,

and the customer’s importance” (Mike Hammer, Harvard Business Review, April 2007), these efforts will be doomed to failure.  Join the SAP Process Governance director, ASUG members, SAP customers, partners,


analysts, SAP product management and Business Process Expert community members while they share their experiences and challenges with this journey to process transformation.

Speaker: Mark Scavillo, SAP


July 29, 2008 at 11 am EDT, 10 am CDT

Title: Organizational Change Management in Business Network Transformation

Abstract: Kerry Brown from the Organizational Change Management practice will discuss OCM best practices and how to use benchmarking as an “enabler for change” serving as a valuable tool to measure organizational adoption.  Kerry will address OCM approaches, methodology and lessons learned.  Through providing customer case studies and best practices that our customer(s) have experienced through implementing change, she will highlight steps required to successfully transform a company. This is a tool neutral session and an informative and candid one.   

Speaker: Kerry Brown, SAP


Date: August 13, 2008 at 11am EDT, 10 am CDT

Title: Bringing New Thinking to Business Process Design to Improve IT alignment with Business Stakeholders

Abstract: This presentation focuses on how BPM/SOA is bringing new thinking to business process design to improve IT alignment with business stakeholders while allow task and process management. Aspects covered in the presentation- BPMN model design, how business analysts collaborated with the development team. –       How we developed our service inventory – interactive and backend services

–  How we are handling task management – using VC

–  How we manage process context to maintain the current state of the process

–  How business rules were defined and business rules drive the process based on process state management

Speaker: John Harrickey, CSA

Registration for August 12th here:


Date: August 28, 2008  at 11:00 am EDT, 10 am CDT

Title: In Pursuit of Process Excellence

Abstract:  Gartner says that ” Successful BPM is not just about technology. It requires a high-level vision and a collaboration between IT and business management. It demands effective metrics, actionable strategies and a commitment to organizational change.?  

In this webcast Debra Boykin will provide insight into the strategy they are using to transform the Technical Operations and Product Supply group into a robust process-driven organization. This presentation will highlight the critical success factors inherent to successfully implementing BPM initiatives within a large-scale organization.

Speaker: Deb Boykin, Associate Director, Process Excellence, Wyeth Pharma  

Register for August 28th here:  

Date: September 30, 2008 at 11 am EDT, 10 am CDT

BPX Skills Focus – The Keys to Becoming a Business Process Expert (BPX)

The SAP skill set is changing. Whether you’re a hands-on SAP professional or an SAP project manager, the skills you will need for success are evolving. In this interactive Webinar, Independent SAP Analyst and SAP Mentor Jon Reed will discuss how the trend towards a business process platform is impacting the skill sets of SAP professionals.

Topics covered will include:

– the convergence of business and IT and how this impacts individual SAP professionals.

– the potential impact of Enterprise SOA and modeling tools on traditional SAP roles.

– the path towards the Business Process Expert for the major SAP project roles, including developers, system administrators, and functional SAP specialists.

– the different components of the BPX skill set and what a well-rounded BPX professional of the future might look like.

– tips for remaining marketable as the SAP platform evolves.

– tips for assembling project teams that incorporate the skill sets needed for go live and post go-live success.

– the discussion of BPX skills and certifications currently taking place on the SAP BPX community, and how to get involved.



Speaker: Jon Reed,

Register for September 30th here:

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