As the senior editor of the BPX Community homepage (and the BPX Monthly newsletter) since the launch of the community, I've watched the community grow and expand its reach, from its humble beginnings of two areas (Analytics and SCM) to today's 34 areas plus Getting Started. And as the community has grown, so have the amount and quality of content.
Where once I had to squeeze blood from the proverbial stone to eek out enough features for the homepage each week, I'm now in the enviable position of having so much good content available that there isn't enough room to feature it!
So this year I decided to take the next step and produce a list of my top picks for BPX content in 2008.
The criteria were simple: It had to be something I featured on a BPX homepage during 2008, and it had to be something I personally thought provided value to the community. Oh, and I had to stick to 10 items. That was truly the hard part, as I had featured well over 200 items over the year, and my first attempt to narrow it down wound up with 50 items!
So here, without further ado, is my list, in chronological order of when the items were featured:
- Process Modeling with BPMN: Six-part article series by by Bruce Silver, independent industry analyst and consultant focused on business process management software. See also the eLearning series
- Enterprise SOA Glossary (PDF, 72 KB): This glossary goes beyond pure definitions to provide some basic characteristics of certain terms. Read this document if you are familiar with state-of-the-art industry terms and want to find your way around SAP's enterprise SOA offering.
- Geek Gap Webinar Recording (SDN TV, requires IE to run): Technology project failures in the U.S. cost about $68 billion each year. Minda Zetlin and Bill Pfleging, authors of The Geek Gap, say most such waste could be avoided if business and technology professionals learned to work together effectively. See also the interview with the authors (SDN TV).
- The specified item was not found.: Blog by Dick Hirsch, SAP mentor and Senior Portal/NetWeaver Consultant for Siemens
- Webinar Replay: Creating a Book Online: Evolution or Intelligent Design? and the online book discussed in the webinar, which was created by Dan Woods, Marco ten Vaanholt (head of the BPX Community) and the BPX Community itself: Process First
- Business Process Transformation in the Software Industry (SDN TV, requires IE to run): In this session from ASUG BPX Day 2008, Mark Scavillo, Head of Process Governance in SAP's Business Process Organization, provides a behind-the-scenes look at the internal process side of SAP. See also the blogs of Thilo Bischoff, Senior Strategic Consultant in the SAP Business Process Organization,on this topic.
- ESME: anatomy of a community based project: In this blog, Dennis Howlett, full time blogger and consultant on social computing projects, says "ESME counts as one of the most extraordinary projects I've ever participated in."
- Preview Version of SAP NetWeaver CE 7.1 EhP1 Takes You to the New Galaxy, by Thomas Volmering, Head of Product Management for SAP NetWeaver BPM
- Jon Reed Interviews Samantha Gamill on Becoming an SAP Business Process Expert: In this podcast, Jon Reed of http://www.jonerp.com/ speaks in-depth with a senior functional consultant, Samantha Gammill, President of Osiris ERP Consulting, about her pursuit of the "SAP BPX skill set."
- SAP BPM Governance, Methodology, Technology, and Education (eLearning, 42 min): Free session by Ann Rosenberg, Senior Business Process Management Consultant at SAP, and Marc Dietrich of SAP Business Transformation Consulting, on SAP's four new BPM deliverables (including BPX Certification). This complimentary session is part of Virtual TechEd '08.
Those are my top ten.
I'd like to round off this blog with a highlight of two more pieces of meta-content from BPX team members that should prove helpful for those thinking of creating content but who haven't tried it yet:
And with that, I say Happy Holidays, and I look forward to bringing you more good BPX content in 2009!