Theo Priestley, Chief Evangelist for Software AG and frequent contributor to the BPM Forum recently asked me to review the book, The Digital Enterprise: The Moves and Motives of the Digital Leaders, written by Karl-Heinz Streibich, the CEO of Software AG.  The book is avaible at Amazon here.

Immediately, the book kicks off with the quote: Not every business is a digital business, but every business must become digital.

From the vantage point of business process management, I couldn't agree more. A subject that comes up occasionally with BPM (and with any technology older than a year), is the question, Is BPM dead? But I think the real question is, Are the old ways of doing business dead?  The answer: Yes, they are. Every branch of business and IT is undergoing a sea change that is working towards putting the customer front and center.

This book is an excellent primer in how to digitize your company, covering everything from the factory floor to the C-Suite. What I like most about the book is it provides excellent real-world case studies from industires as diverse as aviation, utilities, insurance companies, museums and casinos.

The book begins with a forward from Marc Benief, the CEO of Salesforce, and he sums it up quite well with:

"As any of the leaders of these companies will tell you, becoming a digital company, a connected company, a customer company, is a journey. You need to start as early as possible, and there is no finish line. After all, when it comes to technology, the only constant is change."

I will definitely be returning to this book for the many in-depth examples...so should you.

Nathaniel Palmer
Author: Nathaniel PalmerWebsite: http://bpm.com
VP and CTO
Rated as the #1 Most Influential Thought Leader in Business Process Management (BPM) by independent research, Nathaniel Palmer is recognized as one of the early originators of BPM, and has led the design for some of the industry’s largest-scale and most complex projects involving investments of $200 Million or more. Today he is the Editor-in-Chief of BPM.com, as well as the Executive Director of the Workflow Management Coalition, as well as VP and CTO of BPM, Inc. Previously he had been the BPM Practice Director of SRA International, and prior to that Director, Business Consulting for Perot Systems Corp, as well as spent over a decade with Delphi Group serving as VP and CTO. He frequently tops the lists of the most recognized names in his field, and was the first individual named as Laureate in Workflow. Nathaniel has authored or co-authored a dozen books on process innovation and business transformation, including “Intelligent BPM” (2013), “How Knowledge Workers Get Things Done” (2012), “Social BPM” (2011), “Mastering the Unpredictable” (2008) which reached #2 on the Amazon.com Best Seller’s List, “Excellence in Practice” (2007), “Encyclopedia of Database Systems” (2007) and “The X-Economy” (2001). He has been featured in numerous media ranging from Fortune to The New York Times to National Public Radio. Nathaniel holds a DISCO Secret Clearance as well as a Position of Trust with in the U.S. federal government.

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