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The North Star

The North Star

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July 29th 2021: Reenvisioning How Organizations Define and Automate Work

This episode of The North Star challenges what has been a long-held assumption by business professionals around the world – that formally defined, automated business process models increase efficiency, effectiveness, and resiliency. Fifty years ago, computer programs were based on flowcharts, step-by-step decision structures that programmers turned into software. That software, much of which still runs today, could not adapt to conditions not considered in the original flowchart, which forced programmers to build more software. Decades later, organizations are collectively stuck with billions

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Keith Swenson

Keith Swenson is Vice President of Research and Development at Fujitsu America and involved in the Interstage family of enterprise middleware products. He is a widely known pioneer in collaboration software and web services, and has played key roles in the development of multiple industry standards on workflow and business process management (BPM). He is currently the Chairman of the Workflow Management Coalition. Keith previously led the development of collaboration software at MS2, Netscape, Ashton Tate, and Fujitsu. From 1995 to 1997 he served as Vice Chairman of the ACM Special Interest Group for Group Support Systems. In 2004, he was awarded the Marvin L. Manheim Award for outstanding c
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Dana Khoyi

Dana Khoyi has been engaged in software development for over forty years. During his career, Dana has worked on operating systems, application frameworks, database systems, email and directory systems, document imaging, document management, business process management, and case management systems. His latest efforts have focused on a new area, low-code software development tools. The common theme in Dana’s career is enabling developers through the creation of business applications. During his career, Dana has acted in many roles including software developer, software architect, development manager, project leader, product management, mergers and acquisitions analyst, chief technology officer
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https://www.voiceamerica.com/show/4022/the-north-star 17/10/2021 11:00 17/10/2021 12:00 The North Star https://www.voiceamerica.com/show/4022/the-north-star This episode of The North Star challenges what has been a long-held assumption by business professionals around the world – that formally defined, automated business process models increase efficiency, effectiveness, and resiliency. Fifty years ago, computer programs were based on flowcharts, step-by-step decision structures that programmers turned into software. That software, much of which still runs today, could not adapt to conditions not considered in the original flowchart, which forced programmers to build more software. Decades later, organizations are collectively stuck with billions of lines of redundant, bloated software systems that are less adaptable than ever. Fast forward to the 1990s, where the concept of business process modeling first emerged and was ultimately adopted by thousands of organizations. Business process models are essentially flowcharts that business analysts define to optimize work and communicate automation requirements to software developers. Those developers then use these process models to design even more inflexible software, stifling agility further in an increasingly unpredictable world. This episode of The North Star will explore the challenges organizations face when they define, manage, and automate work using models that software developers abandoned decades ago. William Ulrich and his guests, Keith Swenson and Dana Khoyi, will examine these challenges and what organizations can do to reverse a trend that has until now been largely unquestioned. Swenson and Khoyi have led efforts to create multiple work management-related standards, patents, and software tools. They have also authored multiple books, such as Mastering the Unpredictable, that reimagine how organizations should define and manage work to increase ecosystem-wide agility while streamlining software solutions. Tune in to this episode of The North Star and learn if everything you know about defining and managing work may be misplaced. VoiceAmerica | Talk Radio | Online Talk Radio studio@voiceamerica.com false DD/MM/YYYY Add to Calendar
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