Not the 'define BPM'
I started this way endeavour way back but learnt it was a futile effort and the energy was better spent educating people as to what BPM meant for them
in context rather than a universal meaning. It's Fools Gold. Move on.
Without sounding like a clichéd vendor, one of the shifts we'll see is the usage of real-time data and complex events embedded in business process a lot more. You can use whatever term you side with; intelligent, adaptive, agile, dynamic, mustard, but there's no escaping the fact that this is where we're heading. These factors are leading to a point where, for example, we'll see almost zero downtime in manufacturing (link at the end may explain a little further) because of the predictive nature these capabilities will give business process. Yes, it may be nothing new per se but the industry has matured enough to take advantage of them. That's
the big development. We've grown up this year. With M2M/ IoT knocking on our door BPM has no alternative but to consider how we use data and events in process that actually helps employees and consumers alike.
Process based apps are a nice way to give the business control of creating quick workflow wins but we're not at the stage yet where their power can make that kind of a difference illustrated imho and in reality you can't escape the need to want to go further. BPMS will always be there for the enterprise to deliver what a simple app cannot. I don't see it as an either/ or choice but a complimentary one.
For me, even wearing a vendor hat on, we should just stop chasing names for our shiny toys and just get on delivering the benefits we promise to clients.
Here's my take on what's to come next year.
What lies ahead for Business and IT in 2014