If so, then SAP BPM qualifies. To get to the bottom of the impact of BPM on SAP’s tools, skills, and consulting approaches, I managed to get the “Goddess of BPM,” Ann Rosenberg, otherwise known as the Global Practice Owner for Business Process Management at SAP, to sit down for a live video shoot at SAP TechEd Phoenix (scroll down to view the video). We shot the nine minute video on my flipcam and I thought the sound quality was very good, given that we were just outside the Community Clubhouse, where people were happily hobnobbing as usual.
Ann has said before that the “end of the silo functional consultant” is coming. And not many know that SAP is going through a plan to change all of its “application consultants” to “process consultants.” In my view, that’s why BPM matters – not in a distant future, but right now. And there’s no one better to speak to this than Ann, who I consider to be a vitally important thought leader inside of SAP. Ann has played an instrumental role in the development of SAP’s BPM methodology, as well as the BPX curriculum design.
During this video, Ann, the co-author of Business Process Management: the SAP Roadmap, answers five key questions:
Vishal Sikka mentioned BPM prominently in his keynote, but what about the hype factor? Is BPM for real, and if so, why?
What is the latest on NetWeaver BPM, formerly “Galaxy”?
Why is the “silo functional consultant” an endangered species, and how are skills being retooled in BPM inside and outside of SAP?
SAP now has a formal BPX certification – what is offered in that curriculum?
I should add that we didn’t have time to cover the Process Slam, which is a super neat example of BPM in action. I did cover that in a podcast yet to be released, but in the meantime, here’s a Closing the Loop for BPXSlam09 Phoenix on the Phoenix Process Slam, and if you’re headed to Vienna, don’t miss it there, it was a lot of fun to be a part of in Phoenix.
I hope you enjoy the video, and thanks to Ann for taking the time from her TechEd schedule to share these views: