On March 26 I presented at bpmNEXT 2014, an annual event for leaders in the business process management (BPM) industry, analysts, industry influencers and various vendors. There were nearly one hundred attendees from more than 10 countries. This was one of those events where you come back with great new contacts and a ton of inspiration.
Following welcoming remarks by Nathaniel Palmer and Bruce Silver, who are some of the biggest thought leaders in the industry and the team behind the creation and expansion of the BPM.com community, we jumped right in to the 25 presentations all of which delivered cutting-edge new and innovative BPM demos.
The event was very well orchestrated and organized by Nathaniel and Bruce. At the end of the three-day conference, I can say it was definitely one of the best events I’ve ever attended. I was both honored and proud when my presentation “Automation of Manual Processes with Synthetic APIs”, was voted Best in Show by the attendees. Later this month, you’ll be able to watch all of the bpmNext presentations at www.bpmnext.com.
So how does Synthetic APIs™ help most business processes?
BPM is all about using a workflow engine from one of many vendors to describe, manage, monitor and improve efficiency of business processes. This can be any process, but most companies normally invest in BPM around critical fundamental processes that drive major parts of their business.
Unfortunately BPM does not help much in automating the individual sub-tasks of the process they manage. This is especially true for the ever increasing amount of web-centric processes and processes involving web portals, because those portals more likely than not do not provide a full set of API that reflects the functionality of the portal itself. This is where Kapow Software enabled Synthetic API technology comes in.
Synthetic APIs, which include business rules, data transformations and interactions with multiple applications and data sources can be deployed as REST, SOAP or mini-apps (Kapow Kapplets™) by the click of a button, are easily built with the intuitive and live-data-driven work-flow design environment of Kapow Enterprise. This makes it a breeze to automate all those tedious repeatable sub-processes involving web portals, documents (like Excel), business applications (like ERP) and file systems (local or FTP). In fact it’s so easy with Kapow Enterprise, that Kapow customers implement hundreds of automations per year, that release important knowledge workers from performing repeatable manual data-driven work to focus on more relevant and gratifying work that substantially adds to the top-line results.
Many of the more than 250 Kapow customers experience such a huge business benefit and a competitive advantage with the Kapow Enterprise platform, that they ask for us to not mention their name in any circumstance.