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Thursday, April 9, 2009 by MWD Editor
With much of the early development in the Business Process Management (BPM) market being driven by technology vendors selling products for one-off departmental projects to line-of-business heads, and with IT stakeholders often being brought in only after the deal is done, lately we’ve been wondering – now that there’s no doubt that BPM is becoming more mainstream – what’s the role of IT architects, and IT architecture, in today’s BPM initiatives? There’s a lot of talk in the BPM technology vendor community about enabling customers to “scale up” their BPM initiatives – and it seems to us that IT architect involvement is likely to be a key factor in shaping how that happens in practice.
Behind the scenes we’ve recently built a great relationship with the not-for-profit International Association of Software Architects (IASA), and so we asked them if they’d help us explore this question. We’ve worked together to carry out a web-based survey – and although all IASA members have now been invited to take part, I wanted to make sure that you had a chance to take a look and offer your thoughts, too. If you’re in an IT architecture role, or know someone who is, we’d be delighted to have your involvement: you can find the online survey here.
Once the survey is complete, we’ll create an in-depth report drilling into the survey findings and correlating them with findings from our other BPM research work. Everyone taking part in this survey will be eligible to receive a free copy of the report. We’ll also create an IASA-only webinar, based on the survey results and adding other best-practice insights. All IASA members will be able to access this webinar free of charge.