Last week I saw the news from Austin-based, BP3, announcing the premier sponsors of their 2018 Driven conference, and I was surprised. In a good way.
If you know much about the ever complex and evolving ecosystem of software and solutions in what used to be called the “BPM space,” you know there are a myriad of providers with partially overlapping solutions claiming they’ve got exactly what you need to “transform your business.” You’ve got your Business Process Management Suites (BPMS) offering holistic business process automation, your next-gen robotic process automation (RPA) options, your low-code/no code approaches, and all manner of entry points (eg. process mining) and tangents (eg. governance, risk & compliance). And don’t get me started on whether you need to sprinkle Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning on top to truly achieve digital transformation nirvana.
It’s not easy being an enterprise practitioner or decision maker these days… Should I map, model and simulate before I start automating? How do I prioritize automation projects and prove ROI? Will the work break any of the compliance efforts I’ve spent so much time and money pursuing? What other risks and controls should I be concerned about?
And to be honest, with so many vaguely competing solutions in this new wild west quest of digital transformation, it’s not particularly easy being a vendor.
That’s why I was pleased to see that BP3 is taking a leadership role and bringing together a strong sampling of these vendors as sponsors and contributors at their annual thought leadership event in August. Automation Anywhere, Bizagi, Camunda and Pega, to be exact. If all goes as planned, this should be a great – real life – example of that old cliché’d business term, “coopetition,” and attendees should receive a solid complement of insights and perspectives around process automation.
iGrafx is proud to be a BP3 partner, and we’re looking forward to our participation at the event. I hope to see you there!