The London BPM Conference is beginning next week. Among other things, the conference will celebrate its 10th anniversary. For information, see http://www.irmuk.co.uk/bpm2015/
In conjunction with this, we are running a mini-poll on BPTrends in which we ask about the future of BPM. As usual we don't have a lot of respondents, so you need to take the results with a grain of salt. Never-the-less, the results are interesting. 6% suggest there is no future for BPM — that results of efforts at their company were miserable. 25% said that the future was in doubt, as they were doing more Lean, Six Sigma and IT process work than BPM. 50% said the future was either OK or Great. They are working at organizations that are doing BPM and getting acceptable or outstanding results.
We are glad to hear it. When we personally think back ten years, BPM seemed a simpler, more focused effort. Trying to improve the processes of an organization, with an emphasis on new software tools. Over the decade that message kept changing and getting more complex. Tools have been modified and extended. The good news is that they are more powerful than ever. The less good news is that the tools have become more complex. Rules have been added to flows and data has been moved into the clouds, to suggest only two changes. In addition, no sooner do we have a really robust version of BPMN than we have the OMG preparing to offer an alternative, Case Management option, CMMN, that requires a whole new approach to analysis and design. The world of process is getting more complex all the time.
Still, its what happens when people grow up. They get awkward during their teen years and then learn that the adult world is awfully complex and that they need to keep struggling to learn more just to keep up.
We congratulate IRM UK for a decade of fine BPM conferences, hope that those attending this year will learn some of the new skills they will need to do BPM in the years ahead, and hope they have fun and renew their energy for the challenges ahead.
We're confident that the process perspective will continue to remain a powerful way of looking at how organizations produce value and a continuing, vital concern for everyone who wants to make their organizations more effective and productive.