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2014 Live Online Training Schedule

Process Modeling With BPMN

The Business Process Modeling Notation (BPMN) is a standard for business process modeling, and provides a graphical notation for specifying business processes in a Business Process Diagram (BPD), It is based on flowcharting techniques similar to activity diagrams from the Unified Modeling Language (UML). The objective of BPMN is to support business process management for both technical users and business users by providing a notation that is intuitive to business users yet able to represent complex process semantics. The BPMN specification also provides a mapping between the graphics of the notation to the underlying constructs of execution languages, such as Business Process Execution Language (BPEL).

October 27 & 28 - 9 to 5 PM ET (each day)

SOA 101

Cloud computing is a style of computing in which dynamically scalable and often virtualized resources are provided as a hosted service over the Internet - the cloud.  To take advantage of these services, organizations need to understand Service Oriented Architecture (SOA).  Recent tactical success in the utilization of Web services and the value proposition of Cloud Computing has brought renewed attention to a strategic commitment to SOA.  Early adopters have been investing in SOA for the past five years but now the development of more rigorous methodologies and technologies – and the maturing of standards – are making SOA accessible to everyone.  SOA is an example of a software architecture.  It can be defined as a software design and implementation methodology for creating loosely coupled, coarse-grained business services.  These business services can be independently developed and combined into higher value business processes. 

November 10 & 11 - 1 to 5 PM ET (each day)

BA 101

Business Architecture is a holistic approach, representation and mindset which serves as a bridge between strategy and its successful execution within an organization and facilitates resolution of complex, enterprise problems.  It is a powerful way for the business to understand, improve and transform the organization and become more empowered to take control of its own destiny.  However, most organizations lack a well-articulated blueprint of their organization.  While everyone can see their small piece of the puzzle, no one has visibility into the enterprise as a whole. This constrains the organization’s collective ability to understand and communicate the root causes of critical issues and design holistic Business and IT solutions to address them.  It also reduces the speed and effectiveness with which they can react to customer demands, competition and other external forces.

November 10 & 11- 1 to 5 PM ET (each day)

Decision Management and Business Rules 101

Decision Management and business rules allow the effective automation of decision-making combined with increased business agility. Adopting decision management and business rules technology improves customer service, enables 1:1 marketing, increases straight through processing and more effectively leverages scarce resources.

November 12 & 13 - 1 to 5 PM ET (each day)

Advanced Facilitation Skills

Whether you are developing a business architecture, creating a process model, leading an improvement team, or running a meeting, great facilitation skills are crucial.  You need to be able to keep people engaged, elicit the necessary information, create shared understanding and build consensus all while keeping them focused on the intended goal.  Not an easy task.

This 1-day interactive workshop focuses on you – the facilitator.  We’ll play with models and techniques that will help you better handle tough issues like managing conflict that arises during meetings, getting folks to make and own decisions, staying on topic and more.  So if you’re a project manager, business analyst, architect or leader with a desire to be more collaborative, this workshop is your first step on the road to your own process improvement.

November 13 & 14 - 1 to 5 PM ET (each day)

Building a Business Architecture

Business architecture provides the basis for turning business strategy into actionable results. Organizations use business architecture to address a wide variety of business scenarios. These include shifting to a customer-driven business model, merger / acquisition deployment, regional or global expansion, product line expansion, business / IT alignment and a host of other strategic and tactical scenarios.

November 14 - 9 AM to 5 PM ET

Process Measurement and Metrics

Process measurement skills are essential to BPM success. In this course you will acquire a solid understanding of practical measurement techniques as applied to the analysis and design of business processes.

Determining what to measure and defining clear measurement criteria are at the basis of success in process measurement. This session presents key concepts and tools on the basic principles of process measurement, and how to apply these principles at both the organizational level and the business process level. You will learn how to apply process measurement to both the analysis and design of business processes, and what are the critical success factors and the pitfalls to avoid. Participants will practice key process measurement skills on case studies and apply these to their own organization through connections exercises.

November 17 & 18 - 1 to 5 PM ET (each day)

Practice-Based Business Architecture

It takes one set of skills to establish your business architecture but it takes another set of skills to leverage that business architecture for strategic planning, business design efforts, project deployment and governance. This course provides attendees with practice-based business architecture concepts and skills. This includes extending the basic business architecture through strategy, product, initiative and stakeholder mapping. The course also discusses how to leverage business architecture to benefit related disciplines including business modeling, Lean Six Sigma, business process management and case management. The scenarios and case studies in this course offer practical guidelines on how to leverage business architecture when you return to work. Finally, the course offers advanced guidelines for governing your business architecture.

November 24 - 9 AM to 5 PM ET

SOA for Architects

Defining a Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) is the current challenge of many enterprise IT organizations. The emergent popularity of Web services, and the ease of implementation, has enabled most organizations to adopt an incremental approach to SOA via Web services.  However, the larger architectural issues must be analyzed and addressed in order to expand SOA. SOA is first and foremost, an enterprise architecture discipline. Service oriented practitioners agree that the ‘service’ is the new unit of planning and management in an EA framework. The same practitioners will also note that SOA reference architectures, policies and guidance are essential to a successful program.

November 24 & 25 - 1 to 5 PM ET (each day)

Establishing Business Process Governance & Centers of Excellence

As process management begins to blur the traditional boundaries of the organization, a more transparent and accurate decision making process is necessary.

This course builds a comprehensive understanding of how to best address this challenge with a focus on developing a firm understanding of the emerging roles of process owner, process council, and the process office.  It instructs the student how to:

December 1 & 2 - 1 to 5 PM ET (each day)

Customer Experience Modeling, Analysis and Design

Managing customer experience is receiving increasing management attention, as organizations rediscover that it costs far more to acquire a new customer than to keep an existing one. While hardly a new topic, with roots going as far back as total quality management, many B2C and some B2B organizations are increasing their emphasis on modeling, mapping, analyzing and improving their customers’ experience.

In the B2C sector, net promoter score, customer surveys and focus groups are just a few of the tools of the trade. Some firms have appointed chief customer officers (CCOs) to serve the customer more attentively, and even more have already appointed a Vice President in charge of customer experience.

December 3 & 4 - 1 to 5 PM ET (each day)

Modernizing Requirements Gathering

Today's conventional approach to requirements analysis and engineering is limited in its value as organizations attempt to address demands for increased innovation, rapid product and service rollout, outsourcing and new technology enablers such as BPMS, business rules engines and SOA. 

Additionally, the agile development movement and IT-centric methods for analyzing and designing software solutions don't accurately represent how business processes, rules, events, knowledge and human to system interaction fit together. This prevents the creation of a cohesive business solution design that can be understood by the business analysts and their stakeholders.

The inability to preserve business concepts throughout the business/IT change lifecycle leaves the business community to continually rely on their IT counterparts to understand the details of how their business operates, resulting in a cycle of rework that is incompatible with agility.

December 3 & 4 - 1 to 5 PM ET (each day)

Business Information Semantics & Rules

Is your enterprise defining a business transformation led by value chain analysis or a balanced scorecard? Are you having trouble finding data to serve as measures? Are you having a problem communicating the transformation details? These are symptoms of a missing business information architecture. Business information architecture is an aspect of business architecture that defines the terms that business people use to talk about business information, and relates those terms to business strategy, processes, capabilities and organization aspects of the blueprint. Business information architecture also examines the strategic and operational decisions that a business makes and analyzes the information needed to enable the decision.

December 3 & 4 - 1 to 5 PM ET (each day)

Decision Modeling With DMN

The Decision Model and Notation (DMN) is a standard for decision modeling in the process of being adopted by the Object Management Group. It provides a graphical notation for specifying decisions so that decision making can be modeled separately from business processes. DMN allows both technical users and business users to describe, model and manage decision-making by providing a notation that is intuitive to business users yet able to represent complex decision making. The DMN specification also provides a mapping between the graphics of the notation to the underlying constructs of execution environments such as business rules management systems and predictive analytic environments.

December 3 & 4 - 1 to 5 PM ET (each day)

Service Oriented Integration

IT managers have been under increasing pressure to migrate a portfolio of independent "stovepipe" applications to an integrated set of business services that can be aligned with changing business requirements and support new business processes faster and with reduced cost. Today, corporations have to choose from a number of integration products such as Integration Brokers, J2EE Application Servers, and Web Services tools – that have quite different capabilities, never mind different architectures and standards. However, these tools address only partially the challenges that corporate IT is facing: how to systematically and efficiently build and integrate applications using a unified approach, unified architecture and - where feasible – a single platform for application development and integration.

December 8 & 9 - 1 to 5 PM ET (each day)

Using BPM Discipline with Six Sigma & Lean Methodologies

To provide students the ability to create a Customer focused – Process Enabled Enterprise. This requires a business process framework, established enterprise architecture, creating "real-time" business intelligence, and a link between continuous improvement projects and key business processes. Most businesses need to evolve from a bottoms-up Six Sigma (DMAIC) or Lean approach, to a strategic framework that will set the foundation for growth, accountability, and performance management.

December 9 & 10- 1 to 5 PM ET (each day)

Business Architecture / IT Architecture Alignment

Most organizations lack a well-articulated blueprint of their business. While everyone can see their small piece of the puzzle, no one has visibility into the business as a whole. To address this lack of visibility, organizations must be able to visualize their business through formal business architecture. Yet, this is only one piece of the puzzle. Where there is no blueprint of a business, there is no corresponding blueprint of how the business relies on and is intertwined with IT architecture. As a result, it is difficult to determine the impact of key decisions, deploy cross-functional initiatives, optimize key resources and funding, and streamline communication and deployments between business and IT.

December 11 - 9 AM to 5 PM ET

Designing Service Oriented Solutions

Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) has emerged as the dominant architectural style, especially for enterprise solutions. The potential benefits of SOA in terms of flexibility, agility, cost, and time to market have secured its position, and most software organizations are planning to or are currently adopting SOA. But is the marketing hype just setting up SOA to deliver another major disappointment (remember ERP, BPR, Objects, Components)? Gartner is already reporting that SOA has entered the dreaded “Trough of Disillusionment”. Well…Not if we can help it!

December 15 & 16 - 1 to 5 PM ET (each day)

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