Yes There Will Be an SAP Teched BPX Process Design Slam
Many have been asking about this year’s BPX Process Design Slam which will have its Second Annual SAP TechEd Evening Event co-located with RIA Hacker Nite during the week of SAP TechEd Phoenix , Vienna and Bangalore.
So What’s the Slam’s Evil Plan This Year?
What began last year as a light-hearted evening learning/social gathering of Business Process Owners, Architects, Analysts, Modelers and (yes and importantly) Developers has evolved this year into a virtual community collaboration applying BPM design and implementation methodologies and tools to solve a business challenge.
Our focus this year began as a somewhat utopian exercise triggered by a conversation with Tom Raftery (Lead analyst GreenMonk) who (together with the virtual slam participants) began dreaming up a sustainability scenario for which the virtual team could then model and execute in BPM.
“Consider that a local township or neighborhood decides to aggregate the power generation of its residential households and commercial establishments and act as a “virtual power plant” or composite power producer. This not only allows the entity to negotiate favorable rates ….but could also encourage investment in power or wind by owners, investment in the smartgrid itself, and even allow reselling of micro-generated power. The approach stimulates interesting ideas such as enabling demand response, encouraging residents to lower consumption during peak power demand hours so as to maximize the amount of available power generated by the township which in turn enhances revenue” (from Virtual Community Power Plant Processes)
The team brainstormed (wikistyle) it’s own Design Slam SAP TechEd Agenda which is a work-in-progress:
Some ideas concerning actual event planning
TechEd Planning Details: (as per Dick Hirsch)
To listen to a recent telcon we held : click here
To participate in our virtual activities: add your name to the wiki here
To sign up for/attend SAP TechEd 2009 Process Design Slam evening events: fill the form here
The title of this blog post comes from a quote from John Harrikey, SAP mentor and CSA Director of Enterprise Strategy and IT Architecture. (More of that to come in a next blog).
In the coming days I’ll highlight as many as I can of the Process Design Slam participants so you can get to know them better and understand what domain expertise each brings to this project. And for those lucky folks coming to SAP TechEd 2009 you’ll have the chance to engage with many of them onsite and in the community clubhouse.