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Blue Slate's people think a lot about the challenges facing their industries today. In the process, they often come up with completely unexpected slants on current issues, or new ways of thinking about business problems. Bluespeak is where they share those thoughts. Feel free to read and reflect.
[Any views or opinion represented in this blog are personal and belong solely to the blogger and do not represent those of Blue Slate Solutions.]
I am excited to share the news that Blue Slate Solutions has kicked off a formal innovation program, creating a lab environment which will leverage the Cognitive Corporation™ framework and apply it to a suite of processes, tools and techniques. The lab will use a broad set of enterprise technologies, applying the learning organization concepts implicit in the Cognitive Corporation’s™ feedback loop.
I’ve blogged a couple of times (see references at the end of this blog entry) about the Cognitive Corporation™. The depiction has changed slightly but the fundamentals of the framework are unchanged.
The focus is to create a learning enterprise, where the learning is built into the system integrations and interactions. Enterprises have been investing in these individual components for several years; however they have not truly been integrating them in a way to promote learning.
By “integrating” I mean allowing the system to understand the meaning of the data being passed between them. Creating a screen in a workflow (BPM) system that presents data from a database to a user is not “integration” in my opinion. It is simply passing data around. This prevents the enterprise ecosystem (all the components) from working together and collectively learning.
I liken such connections to my taking a hand-written note in a foreign language, which I don’t understand, and typing the text into an email for someone who does understand the original language. Sure, the recipient can read it, but I, representing the workflow tool passing the information from database (note) to screen (email) in this case, have no idea what the data means and cannot possibly participate in learning from it. Integration requires understanding. Understanding requires defined and agreed-upon semantics.
This is just one of the Cognitive Corporation™ concepts that we will be exploring in the lab environment. We will also be looking at the value of these technologies within different horizontal and vertical domains. Given our expertise in healthcare, finance and insurance, our team is well positioned to use the lab to explore the use of learning BPM in many contexts.[Read More] JavaOne and Oracle’s OpenWorld 2010 Conference, Initial Thoughts
I’ve been at Oracle’s combined JavaOne and OpenWorld events for two days. I am here as both an attendee, learning from a variety of experts, and as a speaker. Of course this is the first JavaOne since Oracle acquired Sun. I have been to several JavaOne conferences over the years so I was curious how the event might be different.
One of the first changes that I’ve noticed is that due to the co-location of these two large conferences the venue is very different than when Sun ran JavaOne as a standalone event. The time between sessions is a full half hour, probably due to the fact that you may find yourself going between venues that are several blocks apart. I used to think that having getting from Moscone North the Moscone South took a while. Now I’m walking from the Moscone center to a variety of hotels and back again. Perhaps this is actually a health regime for programmers!
The new session pre-registration system is interesting. I don’t know if this system has been routine with Oracle’s other conferences but it is new to JavaOne. Attendees go on-line and pre-register for the sessions they want to attend. When you show up at the session your badge is scanned. If you had registered you are allowed in. If you didn’t preregister and the session is full you have to wait outside the room to see if anyone who registered fails to show up.
I think I like the system, with the assumption that they would stop people from entering when the room was full. At previous conferences it seemed like popular sessions would just be standing room only, but that was probably a violation of fire codes. The big advantage of this approach is that it reduces the likelihood of your investing the time to walk to the venue only to find out you can’t get in. As long as you arranged your schedule on-line and you show up on-time, you’re guaranteed a seat.
Enough about new processes. After all, I came here to co-present a session and to learn from a variety of others.
Paul Evans and I spoke on the topic of web services and their use with a rules engine. Specifically we were using JAX-WS and Drools. We also threw in jUDDI to show the value of service location decoupling. The session was well attended (essentially the room was full) and seemed to keep the attendees’ attention. We had some good follow-up conversations regarding aspects of the presentation that caught people’s interest, which is always rewarding. The source code for the demonstration program is located at http://bit.ly/blueslate-javaone2010.
Since I am a speaker I have access to both JavaOne and OpenWorld sessions. I took advantage of that by attending several OpenWorld sessions in addition to a bunch of JavaOne talks.[Read More] Successful Process Automation: A Summary
InformationWeek Analytics (http://analytics.informationweek.com/index) invited me to write about the subject of process automation. The article, part of their series covering application architectures, was released in July of this year. It provided an opportunity for me to articulate the key components that are required to succeed in the automation of business processes.
Both the business and IT are positioned to make-or-break the use of process automation tools and techniques. The business must redefine its processes and operational rules so that work may be automated. IT must provide the infrastructure and expertise to leverage the tools of the process automation trade.[Read More]