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BPM in Chile

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Recently I got invited to a BPM conference in Chile to give a talk about BPMN 2.0 by Professor Hitpass from the technical university of Santa Maria in Santiago de Chile. Even if most of the talks were in Spanish (and my Spanish is let’s say pretty basic) I got some interesting information about the Chilean and Latin-American BPM market, some of them I want to share with you here. The two days conference was about BPM overall on the first day and BPO (Business Process Outsourcing) on the second day, if you know Spanish you get some information about it on the Chilean BPM Center. I not only met people from Chile but from all over South America there…

Ah, and since this was such a long flight, I had to do some holidays there as well πŸ˜‰


Some learnings from the 2do Seminario Internacional de BPM

2de Semario Internacional BPM and BPO

2de Semario Internacional BPM and BPO

First thing I learned is that being an outsourcing partner plays a role in Chile, since it is a very developed country in the same time zone as the US! I think this is one of the reasons why certificates are important here, especially CMMI & co. This was a bit surprising for me, since I for sure know them, but never recognized them to be important in real life πŸ˜‰ But it seems, that this is different in America (as well US as Middle and South America). But on the other hand, there is the CBPP (Certified Business Process Professional), about which there was an introductory talk. The CBOK, the body of knowledge for BPM, is by the way currently translated into Spanish. And this CBPP is requested in Germany as well, as I am CBPP certified and we already run courses on that in Germany.

My slides for the conference

My slides for the conference

But beside the outsourcing I saw a pretty strong Latin-American Market, as well for tools as for consulting. “But” it wants to be served in Spanish. Hey, fair enough, a lot of countries and a huge amount of people out there are Spanish natives! And in Germany, companies aren’t that English speaking as well (why else we have a German book and a German BPMN poster?).

By the way: you can find the slides to my talk linked on the right, check them out, the people liked the talk (or they pretended to ;-)). And another interessting thing I saw is a tool called indungu (which means something I unfortunately forgot in a local ancient language):

idungu – the Chilean Signavio?

Screenshot of idungu - a chilean EAM tool with BPMN 2 capabilities

Screenshot of idungu - a chilean EAM tool with BPMN 2 capabilities

idungu is an initiative started by Profesor Hitpass together with colleges from real life projects, meaning is was developed on the job, which I think is always the best πŸ˜‰ Basically idungu is a generic modeler, which you can easily “train” for new meta models and model types. BPMN 2.0 was shown, and adding the meta model and shapes required was – so it was at least told to me – a matter of a couple of days. But beside BPMN idungu can model a lot of other things, like data with ER/UML diagrams or whatever you need for your Enterprise Architecture Management. Actually it was a nice tool and the power is the easy extensibility. The plan is to have a low cost tool maintained in a Latin-American country for that market, to make access to these tools easier here. Nice!

We discussed the possibility to add idungu as a Activiti Cycle repository (see as well Activiti Roadmap) which could may be done as a student project at the university. Hey, that would really cool! And since idungu can produce executable BPMN 2.0 XML as well (okay, not yet tried and checked myself), it could be another piece in your tool chain of your BPM or EAM approach. The only small “glitch” is that is developed in .NET and only runs in the Internet Explorer. This is the opposite of Cycle being developed in Java EE and the included Signavio it is currently NOT running in the Internet Explorer (but okay, in that combination, Signavio would be exchanged by indungu anyway). But I think, that don’t have to be a show stopper…

Not sure if that will really happen, but it would be cool proof of concept, that Activiti Cycle can hook in the different tool chains available and not forcing any tools on anybody. A philosophy, really important to me.

Chile for leisure

Holidays in Chile

Holidays in Chile

So, now I talked a bit about business. But actually at the moment writing it, I am still in Santiago waiting for my flight back to Germany. And I am still in vacation mode πŸ™‚ And what can I say? Chile is amazing! I just had to little time for this big country, but it was worth every minute. I attach some proofs, that I really was here…

Me in front of the El Tatio geysers

Me in front of the El Tatio geysers at 4200m altitude

Me in the Atacama dessert

Me in the Atacama dessert

Me in front of a salt lake

Me in front of a salt lake

Unfortunately not on the easter islands, just in front of a museum of it

Unfortunately not on the easter islands, just in front of a museum of it

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