ProcessWorld 2006, presented by IDS Scheer, the provider of solutions for business process excellence, exceeded all expectations. Three hundred participants from 14 countries traveled to the Doral Resort & Spa in Miami to hear thought leaders expound on the importance of agility and witness real-life accounts of process excellence in action. This year's ProcessWorld agenda included three tracks featuring interactive roundtables and sessions covering process excellence in manufacturing, services and public sector organizations.

Prof. August-Wilhelm Scheer, founder of IDS Scheer, opened up the conference with a session featuring jazz pieces interspersed with his profound views on business agility. According to Prof. Scheer, in business process management, the rules of standardization revolve around communication, especially having the IT and core business teams speak the same language. He also noted that operational processes such as procurement or sales need supporting managerial processes for the orchestration of BPM as well as directing governance processes to ensure legal compliance. Prof. Scheer also discussed the agility of service-oriented architectures (SOAs) and equated them to the small parts of a jazz melody called licks that can be assembled into a new melody.

Dr. Kirchmer's session focused on the importance of business process reference models as knowledge assets for agility. Expanding on Prof. Scheer's comparison of jazz licks and BPM, he discussed how reference models are licks for business processes or components for enterprise-specific processes.

The following are other key highlights from ProcessWorld 2006:

Jim Sinur, VP, Distinguished Analyst, Gartner, discussed how agility will be a core requirement for all components going forward and expanded on a comment that agility is a mindset and process and not just a technology. He also described BPM and rules as the "Power of Two" and recommended that companies should select agility methods, techniques and tools that fit their organizations, and cautioned that rules had better be in place.

Eric Austvold, Research Director, AMR Research, led the manufacturing track and kicked it off with an insightful discussion on attaining perfect processes within
manufacturing. He referenced an AMR study on Demand Driven Supply Networks (DDSN) and emphasized the need to shift from a strategy of efficiency to agility using a DDSN system combining technologies and processes that sense and resets to real-time demand signals across a supply network of customers, suppliers and employees. He also reaffirmed those leading organizations who implement a DDSN strategy focus on process excellence rather than the technology.

Guillermo Kopp, vice president of TowerGroup's cross-industry practice, spoke about BPM within a service-oriented architecture to enable financial services firms to assembleand orchestrate discrete process services rapidly into larger end-to-end processes.

Tom Gulledge, president of Eii, the leading provider of architecture-driven enterprise integration solutions, led the public sector track with a session on the possibilities for
transitioning the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) to the next generation of Enterprise Integration technologies and methodologies.

Customer-centric sessions included case studies from Bank of America on its large-scale enterprise deployment of BPM, Estee Lauder's implementation of ARIS to transform the company into a process-centric operation, and Zurich Insurance on building a business architecture with ARIS.

In addition, ProcessWorld 2006 featured many of these customers and industry analysts returning for interactive panel discussions on real-world deployments of process excellence within various verticals.

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