I just got back from the IBM Impact conference this week, and three things immediately stood out for me when contrasting it from last year's event. First, there was less branding of the event as being about “SOA,” though SOA was woven through just about every presentation. (Last year's event, by the way, was called “IBM Impact SOA.” Second, and somewhat predictably, there was a lot of discussion about cloud computing. And, third, there was even more discussion around business process management, or BPM.

BPM typically has been a science and art addressed in other places, but not with IT-leaning audiences such as you would find at the IBM event. So the fusion has finally arrived.

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