BPM’09 in Ulm was great. Thanks to Sandy Kemsley it was also well covered in the blogosphere. That allows me to point out my personal highlights and link to her posts for further reading.

  • John Hoogland – Change in Control (keynote)
    My favorite keynote. It was honest, humble, and enlightening. He contrasted the marketing blah of the BPM vendors with the reality he sees (and we all know). Most insightful, even with the most advanced customers they roll out 2-5 process updates per year. That’s process agility in 2009.
  • Discovering Process Models from unlabelled event logs (Conference Talk)
    A fundamental assumption for process mining is that the event log contains case IDs. That means, you may log information in your system but only if the log entry refers to the process instance you can make sense of it. Diogo Ferriera showed a technique to overcome this limitation. Impressive scientific contribution and presentation-wise my favorite talk at BPM’09.
  • Process Model comprehension: a human view (Tutorial)Hajo Reijers and Jan Mendling condensed their know-how in a 1.5h presentation (called tutorial) that was attracting even more people than the main conference track (in parallel). Increadibly valuable and well covered by Sandy. In short, read the Seven Process Modeling Guidelines (Table 2, page 19).

Summing up, BPM was a great event to learn, meet, discuss and find ground for collaboration. For example, we learned how people use our Oryx Editor in their research projects and how they would like to use it in future work. We are committed to support that. If you’d like to use, embedd or extend Oryx in your research project. Let us know, join the Google Group. You are invited to ask questions. Don’t wait until the next BPM.