July 5 2010

As I fly 30,000 feet over the U.S. on my way to New York, I kicked myself for not posting a blog entry in so long.  I have no idea where the time has gone between my last posts.  Actually, I think that being involved in one capacity or another with five different projects has something to do with it, but I digress.

However, it did get me thinking how easy it is for things that are important to go by the wayside.  I see it often enough with clients who begin BPM initiatives in good faith, but don't ever quite become process-centric organizations.  Often it is because those who are leading the initial BPM initiatives are doing so in addition to their usual job responsibilities.  It may be a high priority project for them, but once completed it becomes another maintenance project.  It is very easy, much as it was with this blog, to let good intentions go by the wayside and other responsibilities pull you away from the task at hand.  I'm made a promise to myself that I will be much more diligent about posting to the blog and keeping my thoughts and experiences on BPM more current for anyone who may happen to read this.

There are some exciting things going on in the world of Avio and I am excited to leverage them for some great blog topics in the future.  We have kicked off a number of Oracle BPM 11g projects which should be quite an experience given the relative youth of the tool.  I imagine I am going to have quite a number of topics coming out of our involvement in those engagements.  While we stay extremely busy with Oracle BPM 10g projects, Oracle BPM 11g is clearly the way of the future.  As we gain additional experience, Oracle BPM 11g adds additional features, and clients become more invested in BPM principles and methodologies, I hope to share some of the good and not so good lessons we learn along the way. Additionally, we have begun a number of enterprise wide BPM initiatives with some of the largest companies in the world.  I look forward to sharing some of the experiences we go through in establishing the BPM COE for each of the organizations.  Each organization presents their own unique challenges and opportunities and I think performing a compare and contrast exercise to see how the end BPM COE is setup will be an interesting case study.

I have found I really enjoy sharing my thoughts and experiences around BPM via this blog, but, much like BPM in general, maintaining a focus and dedication is more difficult than I initially anticipated.  With that, I have added reminders to my calendar to ensure I continue to share my thoughts on at least a bi-weekly basis. 

About the Author

Brandon Dean

Brandon Dean is Executive Vice President for AVIO and focuses his time on building client relationships and directing sales, marketing, and strategy initiatives for AVIO. Prior to joining AVIO in 2008, Brandon spent time in various positions at Oracle, BEA Systems, and Fuego where he built a reputation as a thought leader in BPM strategy and implementation advisory services. 

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