2018 Conference Program
Smarter Contracts with DMN
Edson Tirelli, Red Hat
Blockchain technology promises to revolutionize the industry by providing a safe, distributed, computation environment like no other. From its inception as a cryptocurrency platform to the ever expanding use cases, results of the application of this technology are starting to materialize.
Ethereum is an open-source, blockchain platform, that enables a diverse range of solutions using its Distributed Applications (Dapps) and Smart Contracts. While the Financial Services Industry has been the main player on this emerging field, the use cases extend to government agencies (auditing, voting, etc), telecommunications (security, billing, etc), health care (patient care), agriculture (food sourcing, sanitary control, etc), and many others.
This presentation aims to dive into the advantages of integrating DMN (Decision Model and Notation) and Ethereum, leveraging the expressive power of DMN to allow users to interact with and define Smart Contracts. It presents the latest research and the features available in the Drools DMN engine to enable this integration and how users can get started with it.
Edson Tirelli is a Sr Principal Software Engineer at Red Hat and the Drools Project Lead (an open source Rules Engine and Decision Management platform). He has more than 15 years of experience in enterprise software development and has been working on design and development of the Drools project since 2004. For the last 2 years he has been working on the implementation of the Drools DMN engine, and promoting the DMN standard in the community. His main interests are general AI research, complex event processing (CEP), decision management, knowledge representation, formal languages, and compilers.
Secure, Private, Decentralized Business Processes for Blockchains
Vanessa Bridge, ConsenSys
Our presentation demonstrates a variety of use cases built on a framework with visual tooling that orchestrates business process across public and private, permissioned blockchain networks. In addition to the typical business process management tooling, our tool is extended with support for blockchain paradigms, including roles and permissioning, privacy, and decentralization. The tool is compatible with different clients and consensus algorithms and incorporates cryptographic libraries to protect sensitive process data. The presentation includes two scenarios:
- A boardroom voting scenario, where votes are cast and tallied without revealing participant’s votes.
- A crowdfunding scenario, such as a Token Sale, where amounts purchased are kept private.
Vanessa Bridge is a software engineer and the project lead for the BPM blockchain tool at ConsenSys. She is working with the R&D team to integrate permissioning, encryption, and decentralization capabilities to the BPMN 2.0 tooling. Vanessa holds a degree in Industrial Engineering from the University of Toronto.
Turn IoT Technology into Operational Capability
Pieter van Schalkwyk, XMPro
IoT, robotics and other machine-borne data sources promise to bring near real-time information streams for key business events to operational business processes. But the architecture of traditional request-based BPM solutions aren’t well-suited to the event-driven nature of IoT, which can often process millions of data points per second.
XMPro IOM provides an ESP-based pre-processor for BPM that combines iPaaS capability for IoT and business applications with CEP, orchestration and data transformation in a visual, model-driven user interface similar to familiar BPM process modelling diagrams. A Fortune 10 Oil & Gas customer saved $8m in 6 months through XMPro IOM by analyzing real-time data before passing exceptions to the XMPro BPM capability.
In this session, we’ll show you how XMPro IOM solves the problem of turning IoT technology (blinking lights) into operational capability (business processes).
As the CEO of XMPro, Pieter oversees a team of experts who obsess over helping customers solve complex industrial IoT challenges. He holds a Bachelor’s in Mechanical Engineering and a Master’s in Information Technology. Pieter started his career as a plant engineer and has since accrued ten years of engineering experience and nearly twenty years of IT experience. He currently serves as a co-chair of the Industrial Internet Consortium’s Interoperability and Ecosystem Task Groups.
Business Milestones as Configuration: Process Director App Events
Scott Menter, BP Logix, Inc.
Process Director, in which behavior is guided not by turn-taking but by constraint satisfaction, was created to support time- and event-driven process. In such a system, context can be a tricky matter, as it is not necessarily simply carried along from one step to the next. And in any BPM platform, the mapping of business requirements to their implementation can also be opaque.
Process Director App Events address these challenges. Each App Event is defined by a set of conditions that constitute a business milestone. For example, an AppEvent may be configured to reflect that an applicant has submitted a resume, completed an application, and scheduled an interview.
Today, we’ll show how App Events are configured, viewed (via Journals), and used. We’ll explain how the context represented by App Events improves orchestration across all Process Director applications. Finally, we’ll demonstrate that App Event Journals can also be used as data models.
BP Logix Chief Strategy Officer Scott Menter works tirelessly in his secret headquarters (yes, of course it’s in a volcano—is there anyother kind of secret headquarters?) to disrupt the established order for his own personal gain. His unusual grasp of obscure yet powerful technologies, and his obsession with using them to rule the world, call to mind legendary scientist and evil overlord Lex Luthor (fun fact: the two of them use the same hairdresser). Scott also share’s Lex’s unfortunate tendency to spill his malign plans inappropriately early, a habit that has brought him here to bpmNEXT year after year.
Decision as a Service (DaaS): The DMN Platform Revolution
Denis Gagné, Trisotech
Today’s automation of decisions is implemented by a box full of rules (e.g. BRMS). The current resurgence of Artificial Intelligence (AI) promotes black box technology (e.g. DNN) as a solution for everything. Neither are acceptable when it comes to Business Decisions. The former provides business decisions by side effects and the latter business decisions that are unexplainable. But business decisions need to be explicit and explainable. Not just answers out of a black box. The Decision Model and Notation (DMN) offers the perfect solution to specifying Business Decisions. Allowing AI symbolic and sub-symbolic approaches to be effectively used jointly.
In this session we will demonstrate how line of business people can define business decisions that are explainable, auditable, and traceable. These business decisions can be assembled and consumed as services via a modern platform API architecture. Creating a DMN Decision as a Service revolutionary platform.
For over a decade Denis Gagné has been a driving force in the majority of international BPM standards in use today. He is a member of the Workflow Management Coalition (WfMC) Steering Committee, chair of the Business Process Simulation Working Group (BPSWG), and co-Editor of the XPDL 2.2 process definition standard. For the Object Management group (OMG), Denis is the Chair of the BPMN Interchange Working Group (BPMN MIWG), and a member of the Business Process Model and Notation (BPMN), Case Management Model and Notation (CMMN) team and Decision Management (DMNJ) team.
Timing the Stock Market with DMN
Bruce Silver, methodandstyle.com
DMN in combination with service orchestration platforms now enable business users to design and deploy sophisticated applications. I will demonstrate an application that applies a decision model to determine whether stocks are in buying range, as recommended by the popular CANSLIM methodology using patterns in the chart of daily prices. DMN first obtains a list of local maxima and minima in the stock price, each of which triggers a “state transition” to a new pattern type as specified by business rules. Some of these states include a buy point, and when the stock price exceeds the buy point, a buy signal is generated. The DMN model is deployed in one click to a service in the Trisotech cloud. The application uses Microsoft Flow to orchestrate an Excel list of stock tickers, a web service providing historical stock prices, and the decision service, all with zero code.
Founder and co-chair of the annual bpmNEXT conference, Bruce Silver is a well-known consultant, industry analyst, and educator specializing in BPM. He is founder and Principal of BPMessentials, the world’s leading provider of BPMN training and certification, and methodandstyle.com. Author of BPMN Method and Style and DMN Method and Style, Dr Silver served on the OMG technical committees that developed the BPMN 2.0 and DMN 1.1 standards. Previously, he served on the board of directors of Captiva Software until its acquisition by EMC in 2005, and was Vice President and head of workflow and document management research at the industry analyst firm BIS Strategic Decisions (which became Giga Information Group, now Forrester Research). In the 1980s, he was engineering manager at Wang Labs in charge of one of the very first commercial document imaging and workflow systems. He holds Physics degrees from Princeton and MIT, and four patents in imaging and workflow.
Reaching Level 5 of Decision Management Maturity
Larry Goldberg, Sapiens Decisions Solutions
The Decision Management Maturity Model (DMM), as proposed by von Halle and Goldberg in “The Decision Model” set five levels of maturity, of which the highest level, level five, is where, inter alia, decision logic is shared and governed across the enterprise, and where decisions are continually optimized in real time against changes in business objectives, and more dynamically, against changes in business circumstances. Implementing Decision Management at this level of maturity places great demands on organization change as well as on technology. These challenges will be detailed and discussed The Current release of the Sapiens DECISION Suite provides a platform upon which DMM Level 5 may be implemented. A demonstration of a DMM Level 5 implementation will be shared in this presentation.
Larry Goldberg is the evangelist for and Product Manager for Sapiens Decision. He was Co-founder and Managing Partner of Knowledge Partners International LLC, and has almost fifty years of experience in building technology based companies on four continents. Larry is a leading international authority on business requirements, and is the co-author of the best-selling book “The Decision Model: A Business Logic Framework Linking Business and Technology” (Auerbach, New York 2009).
Designing the Data-Driven Company
Jochen Seemann, Elmar Nathe, MID GmbH
Companies often decide to integrate data and analytics into their strategy. The successful execution of a data-driven strategy has many obstacles:
- lack of transparency in operational decision management
- sufficient integration of analytics in processes
- close collaboration between Analytics and BPM
- high quality data throughout the enterprise
The presentation shows a specific methodology on top of Business model canvas, ArchiMate, BPMN and DMN implemented by MID’s modeling tool Innovator.
Jochen Seemann is CTO at MID GmbH and responsible for development and product management of modeling tools and SaaS products. He has more than 25 years experience as architect, product manager and general manager in the software industry in Germany and the US. Prior joining MID he worked as a product manager at IBM/Rational in Seattle and as a program manager in the Visual Studio group at Microsoft. Jochen holds a MSc. in Computer Science.
Elmar Nathe is Business Unit Director at MID GmbH and manages the BPM business unit. He has more than 20 years of professional experience in BPM and large-scale IT transformations. He holds a MSc. in Computer Science.
Using Customer Journeys to Connect Theory with Reality
Till Reiter, Enrico Teterra, Signavio
Connecting process models to the underlying data of the systems that execute them, is still not as common as it should be. Further, delivering that data to analysts and business managers in meaningful way that enables them to act on the insights has been elusive. The complexity of combining BI/Analytics with operational systems and models means that historically it has been put in the too difficult pile.
Signavio will be showing how it is now possible to connect these three worlds together in an easier and more intuitive way. Further we will demonstrate how and why Customer Journey Maps should become the dashboard of the future. The use of Journey Maps at the highest dashboard level easily allows business managers to understand why they are getting the results they are, while identifying key areas for potential improvement. Analysts can then easily drill into the connected processes and quickly address the right issues.
Till Reiter is Product Manager for BPM at Signavio.
Enrico Teterra is Product Owner for Process Intelligence at Signavio.
Discovering the Organizational DNA
Jude Chagas Pereira, IYCON; Frank Kowalkowski, Knowledge Consultants, Inc.
The session will provide an example of how the Organizational DNA wizard of Afterspyre can be utilized.
The example will be based around suggesting a roadmap of the recommended technology to be used which can add the most value to the business operations and strategy, along with the nearest alternatives. This will be broadly as under.
- Listing the Strategy Objectives of the organization or organizations
- Listing the currently used technology
- Creating a Matrix Model mapping the technology to the strategic objectives
- Listing the Key processes of the organization
- Creating a Matrix Model mapping the technology to the Key Processes
- Ranking the technology in terms of best fit and technology lifecycle
- Assigning cost attributes (AMC etc) to rank technology in terms of cost effectiveness
- Assigning risks to each technology used and ranking risks (e.g. support effectiveness, vendor present, technology platform obsolescence etc.)
- Semantic analysis to identify redundant and overlapping technology
- Generating a Linkage model which shows the relationship map between all the above components
CEO of IYCON, with responsibility for achieving the company’s vision of being the “Preferred Strategy Execution Partner for Government and Businesses”. He has been instrumental in conceptualizing the best practice framework for Process and Risk Integrated Strategy Execution (PRISE©). Over 20 years’ experience, spanned across 100 projects, in technology based strategy execution and process improvement. He was listed by Forbes as one of the “Top India Leaders in the Arab World 2015: Owners”. He also received recognition though the “Strategic Leadership Award” from the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) in 2016, and the “Business Leadership Excellence Award” from the World Leadership Congress in 2015. A Chartered Accountant by profession, he is also qualified as a System Analyst and Lead Auditor for ISO. He has been instrumental in the design and development of Afterspyre.
President of Knowledge Consultants, Inc., a firm focusing on business performance, business/IT architecture and business analytical techniques. He has been involved with many projects including business analysis, process management, business performance measurement, business and competitive intelligence and knowledge management. In addition to being a keynote speaker at international conferences he conducts frequent seminars internationally on a variety of topics. He is the author of a book on Enterprise Analysis and author and contributor to books on Digital Transformation and Business and Dynamic Change.
A Next Generation Backendless Workflow Orchestration API for ISVs
Brian Reale, ProcessMaker
ProcessMaker I/O is a lean serverless and backendless workflow orchestration API. Built on a modern API-first architecture, the solution has SDKs in all major programming languages. The solution is designed for developers and ISVs that are creating enterprise class applications such as CRM, ERP, or DMS applications and want to include best of breed workflow as part of the application. The ProcessMaker I/O API coupled with the ProcessMaker I/O Apache licensed process designer makes it simple to embed workflow into your application. In this session, we will create a simple slack based application using the API to show how an ISV might begin using the solution as part of its stack.
Brian Reale is Founder and CEO of ProcessMaker. Prior to founding ProcessMaker (formerly known as Colosa) in 2000, Brian was the General Manager of Unete Telecomunicaciones, a long distance telephony company in South America that Brian founded in 1997 and sold to a publicly traded US Telecom company in 2000. Brian graduated magna cum laude from Duke University in 1993 and was awarded a Fulbright scholarship in linguistics in Ecuador in 1994.
CapBPM’s IQ – No-code BPM development – Turning Ideas into Value
Max Young, Capital BPM
Providing no-code BPM development enables the business to design their future.
Though all IT work is about solving business problems, development is only as good as the ability of the business to express their needs and vision. There is an ongoing search for better ways to enable clarity between the business need and the IT solution. IQ, CapBPM’s new product, enables the business to implement simple process applications in IBM BPM, including UI creation. By completing the initial development automatically for the business, IT is then enabled to take on the more difficult (and more interesting) development efforts to deliver the business a fully functioning application that matches their expectations.
Max is the CEO of Capital BPM Software Solutions. He previously ran the BPM, ODM, and Connectivity practice for Avnet Services, ran a division for eBay.com, and holds dual Master’s degrees from the Ohio State University in Abstract Mathematics and Computer Science with an emphasis in AI. Max is an alumnus of The Lombardi company, as well as Pega Systems, and specializes in helping organizations build better, stronger, faster practices.
RPA Enablement: a Focus on Long-term Value and Continuous Process Improvements
Manuel Spezzani, R&D Manager, and Massimiliano Delsante, CEO, Cognitive Technology, LTD
The session shall provide a clear understanding of how processes can be automatically discovered and how the levels of automation can be identified by the use of myInvenio.
Thereafter the fundamentals of ensuring compliance will be discussed with the objectives to obtain deeper knowledge of how to analyze process performance, costs and crucial areas of improvements.
Finally, the session will cover the ability to implement Robotic Process Automation (RPA) for continuous monitoring and constant revelation of improvement opportunities.
Massimiliano Delsante – CEO
In my career, I’ve been a methodology consultant, an application architect, an IT researcher, a founder and CEO of two IT organizations, OT Consulting and Cognitive Technology. I spent a significant part of my life in the Business Process Management, Application Lifecycle Management & Enterprise Application Architecture arenas. I’ve been recently serving as CEO in OT Consulting and since 2013 I’ve been dedicated to the Startup of Cognitive Technology the house of myInvenio product. In this role I met nice research challenges like Process Intelligence, Process Mining, Automated Business Process Discovery, Social Network Analysis, and Advanced Analytics. I am passionate about my Family, my company, friends,sailing, and skiing.
Manuel Spezzani – R&D Manager
During the last 10 years, I’ve been a developer, consultant, Scrum Master, Technical Lead and sometimes speaker. I helped companies, mainly an important Italian automotive F1 brand, spread Agile
Methodologies to development teams and automate deployment pipelines using Continuous Integration systems. I’ve been part of an Italian startup based in Bologna that developed an innovative product, named 2015 Gartner Cool Vendor for Big Data. I’m passionate about technology, running, mountain biking and, of course, my family.
Integration is Still Cool, and Core in your BPM Strategy
Ben Alexander, PMG.net
Integration is not new, but still very important in the digital transformation era. As AI, machine learning, IoT, blockchain, and other emerging technologies play a role in the BPM journey, integration is at the core of leveraging the future with your BPM strategy. For those considering RPA, a BPM platform with strong integration capabilities increases the value of RPA. As your end users move to Slack and other workspaces, providing a quick and easy integration to and from these tools lets you meet your users in their preferred workspaces, and include them in your business processes. You need ad-hoc Integration for your business users and business developers. From SAP to Workday, and Slack to IoT system X, allow users to do drag and drop development, and expose their solution as a RESTful API endpoint. In this session, hear why this is important, and see how it can be done, today.
With more than 15 years of experience in supporting PMG customers, Ben leads the product team at PMG. Working directly with customers to understand their needs and challenges, he sets the vision for the roadmap, and ensures the execution to deliver a superior product to customers.
Robotics, customer interactions and BPM
Francois Bonnet, ITESOFT
Based on a business scenario, the demo will show the interactions between a human (the presenter) a robot and the back office, involving our latest technologies in terms of capture and BPM innovations.
With over 25 years of experience in the software industry, Francois Bonnet has a recognized expertise of this market in general and especially BPM. He joined ITESOFT through the acquisition of W4 he joined in 2000. As a product marketing manager, he oversees the whole software platform, analysts’s relations and normalization bodies (OMG, WfMC). In addition to an Internet startup experience, his career began in the field of CAD/CAM.
Making Process Personal
Paul Holmes-Higgin, Micha Kiener, Flowable
Task inboxes and forms are for the email generation. Chat has become the preferred communication channel for the consumer and employee alike, and BPM products need to adapt to this. We’ll demonstrate how BPMN and CMMN can be used to define chatbot behaviors, which can then be used in Flowable’s chat platform. We’ll illustrate this by showing how a bank’s Relationship Managers use the platform to offer a new customer experience to their clients.
Paul Holmes-Higgin, Chief Product Officer at Flowable, previously co-founded Alfresco with positions as VP Engineering and Chief Product Officer. This included managing the Activiti BPM project and subsequently taking Activiti to market. Paul has a PhD in Artificial Intelligence.
Micha Kiener, Chief Technology Officer at Flowable, having previously established edorasware, a Case Management product company based on Activiti BPM, now built on the Flowable engines. Previously co-founder and CTO of Mimacom.
The Future of Voice in Business Process Automation
Brandon Brown, K2
Voice interaction today is primarily within the realm of personal and home use. But as people become accustomed to it, they will expect it in business and commercial contexts as well. Imagine requesting PTO or submitting an expense report via a mobile app, entirely voice enabled. Hands-free and eyes- free, voice-user interfaces will fundamentally transform how we design, execute and interact with processes. In this session we will briefly describe the future of voice in transforming UX and enabling automation. We will then illustrate this in action by demonstrating a number of internal and customer-facing process scenarios being executed on K2’s low-code process automation platform.
Brandon is VP of Global Technical Field, K2 and has a diverse background, which includes leading development teams in the manufacturing and supply chain management space. As a software architect for the last 15+ years, Brandon has helped companies leverage technology to solve unique industry related business process and automation challenges. In his 10 years at K2, he has helped many of the largest organizations on the planet drive efficiencies and automate their business processes.
State Machine Applied to Corporate Loans Process
Fernando Leibowich Beker, BeeckerCo
While working with a Latin American bank on the automation of the process of Corporate Loans for large companies, BeeckerCo found that traditional BPM workflow did not perform optimally due to the complexity of the process resulting from multiple and undetermined process paths. BeeckerCo addressed this using State Machine on a BPM platform (IBM-BPM/IBM-ODM). This innovative approach is now being programmed into the solutions BeeckerCo develops for the financial market, and will be demonstrated in the session.
Fernando is the BeeckerCo founder & CEO. The most important BPM boutique firm in Latin-America, with 100+ consultants and several awards and certifications. Fernando has 15+ years of experience developing Process Transformation Consulting projects and implementing BPM automation solutions focused in Banking and Insurance Industry.
When Artificial Intelligence Meets Process Based Applications
Nicolas Chabanoles, Nathalie Cotté, Bonitasoft
As process based applications get more sophisticated, however, the effect of delays–or blocked business processes–remains a problem.
Delays are typically due to resource unavailability, peak workload, and external dependencies. Recent strides in artificial intelligence are making it possible to anticipate future constraints and align them with available resources–that is, to become proactive rather than reactive–and avoid the bottlenecks altogether.
Application of AI technologies allows process-flow pattern detection and process and business metrics predictions–guiding corrective actions and updates of running applications. With AI, applications can analyze their own historical patterns and signal future constraints that are not easily perceived by a human observer.
During this session we will demonstrate a new add-on to the Bonita platform that provides advanced decision automation capabilities thanks to process mining algorithms and machine learning techniques. The add-on analyzes business processes execution and predicts certain behaviors enabling recommendations for automated or human decision making.
Nicolas was a technical expert and managed a team within a system integrator before joining Bonitasoft right at he beginning of the Bonitasoft adventure.
First as a R&D engineer and now as Bonitasoft Software Development Manager, Nicolas, aslo called Captain Bonita, is passionate about development and technology. He leads the R&D team to new heights using the most recent technologies and methodologies.
Understanding your Models and What They are Trying to Tell You
Tim Stephenson, Know Process
The session will focus introduce the repository through its web interface answering questions like which processes use others and which activities a given human resource or group participate in to present a holistic view of their work profile encompassing process, case and decision models.
Then we will dive into the API to see an example of how developers can explore and experiment through the API workbench. The current state of the BPMN, CMMN, and DMN standards pose some challenges to answering a number of questions we’re interested in, especially at the point of connection. We’ll explore some of the limitations and solutions we’ve identified.
Finally we’ll look at how the conversational interface can combine the API with added context through a series of refining questions to guide users to sophisticated insights.
Tim’s background is in enterprise software and new product development. In both Global 500 companies and brand new startups Tim has worked to bring early product visions to market; covering all aspects of the process including forming new teams, evolving right-size development procedures and making technology selections. His passion is for the impact that technology can have to optimise both human and machine workflows for business advantage. He has contributed to a number of the standards in the BPM area.
Exploiting Cloud Infrastructure for Efficient Business Process Execution
Kris Verlaenen, Red Hat
Over the past decade, the cloud has become a disruptive force affecting every initiative inside enterprises. While executing business processes in the cloud might look seamless for end users, DevOps people require advanced capabilities to be able to monitor, scale and continuously be able to deploy new versions of your business processes in a safe manner. This demo will focus on how components like controllers and smart routers are indispensable in a cloud architecture supporting advanced deployment strategies for business processes.
Kris Verlaenen, Red Hat Business Automation product architect, is interested in everything related to business process management. He is particularly fascinated by healthcare, an area that has already demonstrated the need for flexible business processes.
Monitoring Transparency for High-Volume, Next-Generation Workflows
Jakob Freund, Ryan Johnston, Camunda, Inc.
Learn how Camunda is improving our customers’ ability to automate large volumes of workflows and decisions simply and effectively through the use of our next-generation Zeebe platform, all while also providing the flexible business-driven workflow monitoring and analysis offered within our Optimize product.
Jakob Freund is Camunda’s Co-Founder and CEO, and he’s had the pleasure of wearing many different hats as the company has grown. He understands that today’s workflow and decision automation tools aren’t enough for today’s increasingly-demanding businesses, so he enjoys helping our customers and prospects to realize the benefits of workflow and decision automation through the use of the rapidly improving and evolving Camunda platform.
Ryan Johnston is the Director of Operations for Camunda Inc. in North America. He has a diverse background in workflow analysis, design and implementation, working with several commercial and open source process modeling and implementation tools over his career. This background and experience has led to a desire to eliminate the frequent disconnects between business analysts and information technology professionals through the effective use of business process design, implementation and monitoring tools.
Dynamic Work Assignment
Lloyd Dugan, Solution Architect, Serco