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bpmNEXT: Pushing the boundaries of BPM

Long-term community members and customers will have seen us write about bpmNEXT. It’s a one-of-a-kind event, held every year in the US and bringing together a cluster of quasi-competitive technology vendors, consultants and industry analysts.

At bpmNEXT, instead of tearing each other’s throats out as you might expect, the delegates present their latest work, share ideas, and seek inspiration. Frankly, it really shouldn’t work; but it does. 2017 was the event’s fifth year and the best so far. The energy in the room was palpable.

Both of us—Neil Ward-Dutton and Derek Miers—presented this year. In the next couple of months, we’ll translate the thinking set out in those presentations into research documents for our premium subscribers.

Here are our key highlights from the rest of the event.

Open-source players lead the charge

Many people regard open-source projects as signs of commoditisation, but all four of the key open-source BPM technology players presenting—Bonitasoft, Camunda, Flowable and Red Hat—were pushing innovation at the core of BPM technology:

Incidentally, SAP showed its new SAP Cloud Platform Workflow service, which makes use of the open-source Activiti BPM engine.

DMN progress, in multiple directions

With the relatively recent publication of Decision Management Notation, DMN 1.1 (version 1.2 is due later on this year) we had a number of interesting discussions around the relationships between DMN, RPA and BPM:

Other notables

There were a host of other presentations worthy of mention. Here are two:

Given that the event is targeted at vendors and consultants, bpmNEXT fulfilled its promise of pushing the boundaries of the BPM space. We look forward to more of its kind. With luck, we’ll even get an event in Europe.



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