The Many Faces of Workflow

As previously mentioned, I spoke at the Perth leg of this year’s SharePoint Saturday. The slides I used during the presentation are below:

I had originally intended to present a light overview of what Business Process Management is, list some of the tools then do a deep dive into how BizTalk 2010 and SharePoint work together as an example of how you can still use SharePoint’s workflow as part of a larger process management solution, but a few things happened that day that ended up making me rethink the content I was going to present on the fly:

  1. I had been put on the developer track as there was no architecture track, making a discussion about integration scenarios and design patterns a hard one to have
  2. Most of the presentations that day had been presented from a “tools first” point of view, which I generally find unhealthy
  3. I had a LOT of business users and non-coding SharePoint folk in the audience, meaning my intention to deep dive into the BizTalk SharePoint Adapter was off the cards

I was pretty happy with the resulting presentation, and judging by the feedback so were the vast majority of the audience (There were a few haters in there that basically wanted me to do a tool rundown like most other presentations, but that’s a topic for another day…), so I thought it would be a good idea to collate some of the thoughts in the following series of blog posts (links will be added as I complete each post):

Hopefully I’ll finish these posts soon. If not, I’ll leave this post up as a testament to my slothful ways.

About Garry

I'm a Solution Architect living in Perth, Western Australia. I work primarily with Microsoft technologies, but I have an open mind and like to branch out into other areas in my spare time. I'm also a Microsoft Virtual Technology Solutions Professional (VTSP) in the Integration space and like to stay active in the local development community.

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4 Responses to The Many Faces of Workflow

  1. Daniel O April 17, 2011 at 11:11 pm #

    “Most of the presentations that day had been presented from a “tools first” point of view, which I generally find unhealthy”

    The fact that is was “SharePoint Saturday” rather than “Corporate IM Wednesday” or “Enterprise Content Management Friday” would indicate that most of the audience are focused on Tools not outcomes or processes. Sadly this seems to infect the developers, sales and account managers that are involved in SharePoint projects.

  2. Garry April 18, 2011 at 8:42 pm #

    Everyone wants to buy a quick win off the shelf, which is really sad when these are the people advising businesses on how to change their processes around collaboration and information management.

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