Reinventing the BPM wheel 101: the unending quest for roles


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Computer Weekly published today an article by Forrester analysts John Rymer and Alexander Peters about the emerging role of the Business Architect.

I’m going to counter this from experience. For one, the Architect is not an emerging discipline, it’s been around for years but the role titles get chopped and changed with the old Enterprise Architect along with their responsibilities.

Analysts seem to be fairly preoccupied with the creation or redefinition of roles in the organisation. Last year I wrote about a similar topic in Roles ? Where we’re going we don’t need roles…. and BPM casting call for the organisational actor where I argued that both were unnecessary. We have something else to consider. Organic enterprises, no hierarchies, no rigid role definitions.

In the face of the emergence of the Social Enterprise why are we still trying to reinforce old paradigms and maintain a status quo when the (BPM) world is trying to turn ? Analysts are caught in a little bit of a quandry, because whilst they are making moves, researching the new times and trying to herald in a new era they are also dragging with them the shackles of a stagnant period we’re trying to shake off.

The article starts with “If you have not yet heard the term “business architect”, you soon will…”

I’ll end with “If you have not yet heard the term “business architect”, you’re not missing much…

Republished with author's permission from original post.

Theo Priestley
Theo Priestley is Vice President and Chief Evangelist at Software AG, responsible for enabling the marketing and voice of the industry's leading Business Process, Big Data/ In-Memory/ Complex Event Processing, Integration and Transaction suite of platforms. Theo writes for several technology and business related sites including his own successful blog IT Redux. When he isn't evangelizing he's playing videogames, collecting comics and takes the odd photo now and then. Theo was previously an independent industry analyst and successful enterprise transformation consultant.


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