Last week, on September 8, 2011, I had the pleasure of participating in the first Signavio Partner Day. I and 34 other participants discussed the latest developments from our perch high over the rooftops of Berlin, atop the main train station building. I am happy to report that the things I heard and observed affirmed our decision to choose Signavio as our partner for professional process documentation and modeling.
In little over two years, Signavio has not only closed more than 200 customers around the world (including Mexico and Canada), but now also collaborates with more than 50 partners in Germany and other countries. Anyone seeking evidence of the firm’s ability to innovate must look no further than the many awards hanging on the wall of Signavio’s large conference room. Most recently, Signavio was personally recognized by Germany’s Minister of Economic Affairs, Philipp Rösler. For its part, Signavio has found plenty to acknowledge as well:
A look back: Keynotes by Jakob Freund, Prof. Mathias Weske, and Walter Abel
Jakob Freund kicked off the event with a presentation on best practices for process modeling with BPMN. A key takeaway from his presentation was to consider very carefully the appropriate level of detail when documenting processes. When faced with a large number of potential exceptions, it is often adequate to stick to the most commonly followed process chain, sometimes referred to as the “happy path”. Jakob’s presentation reflected the extensive experience and impressive knowledge that camunda has collected during its six years as a BPM consulting firm. camunda currently employs 20 people.
Prof. Mathias Weske then spoke about the latest developments in academic research, with a focus on the various aspects of process analysis. “Without measurement you don’t even know what your processes are, let alone how to control them.” That is why I was so pleased to see during the afternoon session how far the new Process Analytics product has come. Scheduled for release in January of 2012, attendees at our 2011 Convention got a sneak peak at a prototype. Soon we will offer our own partners a webinar on this subject.
As always, our Partner Days are about more than simply past and recent accomplishments. More than anything, we are interested in looking forward and learning about what our partners are working on right now.
Our customers can look forward to a series of new developments that further improve modeling capabilities that are already very easy to use. I was especially intrigued about the idea for a template editor that can be used to generate process documentation in PDF or Word format.
But, as mentioned above, I was even more excited about the progress made on the Process Analytics product. It promises to simplify our BPM product line:
- Modeling with SAPERION ECM Process Modeler powered by Signavio
- Execution with SAPERION ECM Workflow
- Analysis with Process Analytics, an alternative to the SAPERION BAM Dashboard powered by Qliktech
Qliktech is a classical business intelligence tool from Qlikview with an in-RAM processing concept for accelerated display of modified diagrams. This tool has very extensive capabilities and is actually overkill for “just” analyzing processes. The BAM Dashboard comes with a template for evaluating process data. The user can also generate custom evaluations of archive scenarios.
But Process Analytics takes a different approach. It focuses on the processes themselves. Consequently, the Signavio Viewer-based process diagram is complemented by other views that are commonly used to evaluate process data, such as average throughput times, branching distribution, and consumption of resources. With Process Analytics, only two (instead of three) user interfaces are used in the Suite:
Moving forward, modeling and analysis will occur in Signavio Suite with execution and logging performed with SAPERION ECM Workflow.
For more information about this topic, I encourage you to visit us at the DMSExpo in Stuttgart at our joint booth 7E32 in the BPM Vision area.
Outlook: Kitchen networking
In addition to the presentations and other content, we had plenty of time for conversations, including during lunch with the German Chancellor’s office. I must admit to experiencing a bit of stress when I learned that dinner would be held at a cooking school and that everyone was expected to do their part in the kitchen. Although I enjoy cooking, I have little time for it and am therefore somewhat out of practice. In other words, I have a difficult time multitasking in the kitchen. This normally results in visible chaos and beads of sweat on my brow. Fortunately for me, there were plenty of people with whom to share cooking tasks, so we had enough time for good conversation and networking. In the end, it all turned out well :-)