Letter from the Managing Editor:

January 2017

Dear BPTrends Member:

We at BPTrends are looking forward to continuing our effort to provide the most informative and useful information on Business Process Management in the upcoming year. And Paul, Celia and I especially want to thank our members for their ongoing support over the past 15 years. We welcome your comments and content contributions Please keep them coming.

Best wishes for a happy and successful New Year.

Carolyn Potts
Managing Editor
www.bptrends.com

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New Features

January 3, 2017


Videos

Launch Continuous Improvement Initiatives in 2017

Gina Abudi, President of Abudi Consulting Group, urges you to resolve to launch continuous improvement projects in 2017.


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Harmon’s Blog: Eye On BPM

The Challenge of Automation

Obama gave a farewell address this past week and he addressed a variety of topics, including trade and the problems of jobs going overseas. The interesting thing he said, however, was missed by most commentators. He argued that… “…the next wave of economic dislocation won’t come from overseas. It will come from the relentless pace of automation that makes many good middle-class jobs


Columns

Harmon on BPM: What Comes Next?

Harmon on BPM Column

In his first Column of the New Year, Paul speculates on what changes might be in store for Business Process Management in 2017. Do you agree or disagree with his projections? We hope you will share your thoughts on the subject.

Process Improvement: Are Process Architectures Useful?

In his Column last month Paul Harmon questioned the value of developing a detailed process architecture. The debate continues on the BPTrends LinkedIn site. In this Column, Alan Ramias reflects on his own extensive experience with process architectures and how his opinion about the value of such an exercise has changed several times.

Practical Process: All in the Mind

Practical Process Column

Roger Tregear considers an organizational “process mind set” an essential ingredient for successfully maintaining processes. In this Column he defines the characteristics of such a mindset and offers suggestions for achieving it in your organization.

Class Notes: Where to Study Business Process Management? A Global Perspective Based on EDUglopedia.org

Class Notes Column

This month, Jan vom Brocke updates previous Class Notes Columns which described the wide range of locations throughout the world where BPM education was offered. Now, the University of Liechtenstein has developed a website, EDUglopedia.org for pooling knowledge of BPM courses worldwide. Read Jan’s Column for details.


Articles

The Case for a BPM Sustainability Management Team

In the third Article in her series on Governance, Stacey Wright, a Program Manager at Macedon Technologies, describes how sustainability management through BPM governance can ensure continuous improvement. Read her Article for details of how a sustainability team can benefit your organization.

Supporting Your Process Owners–It’s more than a line on a Performance Review

In this Article, Cheryl Walker, a Senior Consultant with CGI Business Solutions, defines the role process owners can play to ensure that the goals of a process centric organization are achieved and maintained.


Book Review

A Book Review: Workflow Patterns: The Definitive Guide

This month Paul Harmon reviews Workflow Patterns—The Definitive Guide by Nick Russell, Wil M.P.van der Aalst and Arthur H.M. ter Hofstede.


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