Tom Bellinson

Tom BellinsonMr. Bellinson has been working in information technology positions for 30 years. His diverse background has allowed him to gain intimate working knowledge in technical, marketing, sales and executive roles.

Most recently, Mr. Bellinson finds himself serving as President of a BPM related software start-up company called UnaPage that provides solutions based on Microsoft SharePoint. From 2008 to 2011 Bellinson worked with at risk businesses in Michigan through a State funded program which was administered by the University of Michigan.

Prior to working for the University of Michigan, Mr. Bellinson served as Vice President of an ERP software company, an independent business and IT consultant, as chief information officer of an automotive engineering services company and as founder and President of a systems integration firm that was a pioneer in Internet services marketplace.

Bellinson holds a degree in Communications with a Minor in Management from Oakland University in Rochester, MI and has a variety of technical certifications including APICS CPIM and CSCP.


The Agile Practitioner: Using Agile Tools

For several years, BPTrends author, Tom Bellinson wrote a quarterly Column titled Process Solutions. This month he begins a new series for BPTrends entitled “The Agile Practitioner.” In his first Column in this series, Tom provides a detailed explanation of what agile processes do and how they can be applied.

Process Solutions: The Process of Startups

Finding a lack of content relating to small businesses in the BPTrends archives, Tom decided to share his experience in starting a new soap business with our readers. The Process Startups is the first of several Columns in which he will describe his progress and setbacks in his and his team’s effort to launch his new business. Follow the first installment of the process.

Process Solutions: What is the Internet of Things?

Although The Internet of Things provides users and businesses a great opportunity to make life a little easier, Tom Bellinson warns that, left unattended, these devices have the potential to do great harm. Read his concerns and his suggestions for making these devices more secure.

Process Solutions: Life in the Cloud: Part III – Scaling Up

The process of building software applications and making them available to users over the internet has evolved over time. In this Column, Tom Bellinson presents a brief history of web hosting to see how we arrived at our present state and why. Details inside.

Process Solutions: Life on the Web Part 11—SaaS ERP

Tom Bellinson asks “what is the difference between an ERP system that is cloud based and one that is not?” He argues that the answer is more about the architecture of the software and less about the software vendor. Read this edition of Process Solutions for Tom’s insights on selecting the software solution that best fits your processes.

Process Solutions: Process Automation: Life On theWeb–WordPress

In his initial Column for 2016, Tom Bellinson describes the process he and his partners followed in launching their 100% web-based enterprise. They began by setting up the domain with their hosting service and doing a baseline installation of WordPress. Tom takes us through all of the steps in the process and highlights the do’s as well as the don’ts in building your web presence.

Process Solutions: Process Automation—Keeping What You’ve Got!

As both a technologist and process professional, Tom Bellinson often finds himself considering the cost/benefit ratio of acquiring new technologies. In this Column, he urges caution before replacing your existing ERP software with newer software solutions and details his reasons why.

Process Solutions: Process Automation: Building the Perfect Beast

When Tom Bellinson took a position at a large public university, he was exposed to some process management challenges that were considerably different from those he encountered in the small and medium size businesses he had worked in for most of his career. Universities tend to have far more processes than do small to mid-sized organizations which led to some using automation tools such as Microsoft Access and Apple’s FileMaker Pro. In this Column, Tom defines the four sets of integrated capabilities present in both tools—Data Modeling, Interface Design, Report Builder, and Programming Logic, and demonstrates how each tool can be used to automate processes.

Process Solutions: Just What is BPM?

Having participated in several debates on BPTrends Linkedin forum about how BPM derives its value, it became clear to Tom that there is considerable disagreement among experts and practitioners regarding what BPM is and what constitutes a good BPM approach. In this Column, he presents his views regarding what BPM is and the value derived from a properly implemented BPM initiative.

Process Solutions: Software Development—The Product Owner

In this installment of his software development series, Tom Bellinson discusses a category of agile development called Scrum. Using this technique, a Development Team sets out to create a functional product early on rather than writing a large design document. The Product Owner plays a critical role in the success of a Scrum project, and, to illustrate how critical the role really is, Tom presents a real world scenario where the Product Owner was not fully engaged and defines the resulting problems that resulted.

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