2014 – A year of Surprises!

Blog2014I was thinking along the same lines as Opher on recording my view of 2014, but ended up with a somewhat different view on the year!

Having spent 2014 working mostly on decision modelling in Banking and getting visibility on some major International and UK banks’ internal process architectures, I picked up some interesting experiences. Previously my contact with banks have been around progressive IT Architects looking at how CEP could improve their business – this year was very different. So here are the 3 top surprises from last year…

1. What is BPMN?

Biggest surprise of the year: BPMN (and BPMN 2) is still a mystery to many professional Business Analysts and BPM IT team members who nonetheless are engaged in process modelling and/or developing IT systems for business processes. With 2014 seeing the next “big thing” in business models – the completion of DMN (for decision models) to accompany process and event models as needed – there is clearly an education / awareness gap growing.

2. Model-driven engineering is a dangerous new fad

One of the main benefits of models such as BPMN and DMN (standardised business models of processes and decisions) is the fact that such models can be readily transformed (sometimes with manual additions) into automated systems. Standards body OMG started a program way back in 2001 promoting Model Driven Architecture (supporting model-driven engineering). But some Development Teams seem convinced that such models are just requirements documents to be hand-coded into some favorite technology. Perhaps they are confusing “model-driven” with ye olde CASE approaches? Or they just prefer hand-made code?

3. The New BPM is No BPM

This is paraphrasing something mentioned by another IT Architect, but ties in with those working on “post-BPMS” technologies such as CEP, Adaptive BPM, Case Management etc (any of which are likely to be adopted by main BPMS vendors over the next few years). Some banks have very decent event-driven distributed-platform architectures under development or in use, it seems.

Perhaps we will see renewed interest in event (and complex event) modelling in 2015?

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