I attended this year’s DSAG (German SAP User Group) conference as a speaker.  We presented the BPM projects we have implemented so far and our lessons learned introducing SAP BPM.

At the conference there were a couple of other interesting presentations about BPM.  Two of them I like to highlight.

Very interesting was the new BPM guide for SAP BPM published by the DSAG AK BPM.  It is a guide to implement SAP BPM written in German. So if you understand German, I very much recommend reading this guide. 

Here is the link: http://www.dsag.de/fileadmin/media/Leitfaeden/Leitfaden_Business-Process-Management/index.html

Also very interesting was a presentation by Michael Rossitsch of WestImmo about their first steps in BPM.  Along with SAP BPM implementations they introduced a custom developed application where the actual business processes are documented and access to the relevant back-end systems is provided as links.  This is not really a “real” SAP BPM implementation, but a great starting point to get the business processes organized and involving the business doing so.  It also provides them with all the relevant information to actually start SAP BPM implementations.  I thought it was a very smart way to go about introducing BPM.

In our presentation I fell a little bit short on time so that I didn’t get to all the aspects in detail.  I already published a blog about automatically putting back a BPM task:  http://scn.sap.com/community/bpm/blog/2013/09/15/automatic-put-back-action-for-bpm-tasks

Two other aspects I didn’t get to in detail were Persisting the BPM process ID in a separate database table and Reimport of processes.  I hope to provide blogs for both topics in the near future.

I also didn’t get to talk about ABPM, a product provided by SAP Consulting.  The “A” stands for accelerated.  It’s a framework to generate much of the persistency and UI’s thus accelerating SAP BPM implementations.  Our own architecture for BPM implementations is very close to the ABPM architecture, so we hope to reap all the acceleration benefits.  We are planning to start the evaluation of ABPM soon.

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