I took a day off to go see Rogers cup at the York University yesterday. After six hours of rain delay, Roger Federer played but he blew it with all kinds of unforced errors. So the big debate continues - who is the No.1 in men's tennis?
There has also been a lot of BPMN 2.0 debates recently. For those of you that are new to BPMN, the OMG site provides a good introduction and summary of BPMN. My colleagues at IBM (e.g. Matthias Kloppmann, Pablo Irassar, Stephen A. White, Suzette Samoojh) have been working with many of the industry leaders (e.g. Frank Leymann, David Frankel, Vishal Saxena) to develop a BPMN 2.0 spec in response to the BPMN RFP by OMG last year. The BPMN 2.0 spec will provide a notation and model for business processes and an interchange format that can be used to exchange BPMN process definitions between different tools and make process definitions more portable. Overall, the contributions from our BPM team have been quite well received by the industry.
A question I get frequently asked is what is our product plans for supporting BPMN in BPM? Well stage one BPMN support is here with the release of WebSphere Business Modeler 6.1.2. You can now use the BPMN standard graphical notation (e.g. gateways, tasks, events) to draw your process diagrams. You can toggle between the previous Modeler notation (if you are more comfortable with the old notation), but the new BPMN notation will definitely help those business analysts that are familiar with other process modeling tools out there.
But this is just the beginning. In the labs, we have been working on BPM 2.0 - our next generation technologies - for example, supporting Web-based BPMN authoring, integrating our acquisitions such as Telelogic System Architect and FileNet with the BPM Suite. The debates can continue, but there is only one No.1 and the player with the best techniques, strategy and execution will win. I believe IBM BPM and Roger Federer will emerge as the Dark Knight with many capabilities to come that will hugely benefit our fans.