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BPM Quotes of the Week - May 23, 2017

Keith Swenson"The problem with a specification that does not have running code is that the English language text is subject to interpretation. Until implemented, the precise meaning of phrases of the spec can not be known. I say: the code is 10 times more detailed than the spec can ever be; until you have the code you can not be sure of the intent of the spec. Once code is written and running, you can compare implementations and sort out the differences."
-Keith Swenson

"87% of global 2000 executives report they have digital transformation initiatives planned for 2017. The survey also revealed that only a handful of organizations get digital transformation right, and even fewer have benefited from the business value digital transformation promises to deliver."
-Michael Heffner

"RPA handles these repetitive and mundane integrations on behalf of a human user, and BPM handles the broader scope of an enterprise process and its coordination. These two technologies – and concepts – can work well together."
-Scott Francis

From the BPM Forum

"Simulation - demos well, but of little practical value. Simulations are little more than a stack of assumptions put on top of each other. As such it is easy to prove just about anything with minor changes in some of those assumptions to get to the model answer that you think you want."
-Derrek Miers

"It's important to be able to be able to re-map\re-compile\rollout processes during testing sessions - you lose a lot of momentum if you have to go away and come back the next day with changes."
-Karl Walter Keirstead

"I think that process simulations represent one of the still under-explored pockets in the world of BPM. In order to gain momentum, eventually BI and statistics have to be brought closer to BPM."
-Kay Winkler

"What's the goal of simulation? I think to understand how your process design will work out in the future. Often based on a process model. And that's the problem I think; a process model is not, like many other models, a small or virtual version of reality...Personally I like more a culture of experiment and improve. And just make real life a simulation."
-Emiel Kelly

"If you believe that the visual representation of the business process is the key to what we do, then you *have* to accept that simulation can illuminate the path forward."
-Max Young

"Process simulation is an essential productivity feature for any BPM software. The ability to watch a process running and quickly edit it before its deployment to production significantly simplifies and accelerates development of high quality processes."
-Boris Zinchenko

What Is a Clear Sign That a Company Has Been Successful with BPM? "A company has managed (quickly and without pain!) to transform itself (business and IT) to become process-based, customer-centric and digital. Low cost of operation and small time-to-market are extra bonuses."
-Dr. Alexander Samarin

"BPM-As-Cause and Success-As-Result. BPM-As-Cause though is revolutionary; it implies that the black box of work has been opened up. And that management takes responsibility for the contents, using the art and science of the technology of work, which is BPM. This is the opposite of magical thinking and is a non-trivial achievement -- which deserves to be called out."
-John Morris

What Is a Clear Sign That a Company Has Been Successful with BPM? "Actually you are never successful because that suggests and endpoint. With business constantly changing you need to embed a culture of change supported by BPM principles. Think of the process maturity curve."
-Ian Gotts

"The most obvious evidence to use BPM is that we have described our business as processes and set some improvement targets to those processes. Processes enable us to improve our information flow, some times material flow, eliminate waste, design more business aligned it-systems, reduce cost by automation etc."
-Kai Laamanen