IBM SOA Newsletter: Innovative Ideas From The Smart Work Jam

IBM SOA Newletter I subscribe to the IBM Smart SOA Newsletter, a monthly e-newsletter sent out by IBM.   The newsletter always provides interesting articles on current information in Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) and related trends in Business Process Management (BPM).  

Today I opened the most recent newsletter in my in-basket. This article has an interesting lead article on Smart Work that I thought you’d enjoy.   You can see the full online version at IBM Smart SOA Newletter.  Here’s a list of the articles in the current issue:

Lead Article: 

  • Ideas for innovation from the Smart Work Jam:   On September 16-18, 2009, IBM hosted the Smart Work Jam, engaging industry and university thought leaders, clients, Business Partners and IBMers to discuss how we can work smarter together. For 72 hours, more than 2,000 participants from 68 countries “jammed” with nearly 5,000 posts across seven topics.  The Smart Work Jam Report, which details the results of that conversation, is now available.   Access the article here Ideas for innovation from the Smart Work Jam

Other Articles Include:

  • Impact 2010:  Impact is a great conference for both business and IT leaders. It will be held May 2-5 in Las Vegas.  Read article here.
  • BPM BlueWorks Adds Resources For Process Improvement:  How organizations in 90 countries are jump starting Business Process management   Read article here
  • An Approach For Working Smarter in Retail:  Use it to improve supply chains, customer loyalty and margins.  Read article here
  • Proven Practices:  Enhancing performance of business rules projects  Read Redpaper here.
  • Business Process Management Software News:  IBM closes its acquisition of Lombardi Software.  Read article here.
  • New Electronic Support:  New consolidated, customizable online tools for full technical info.  Access a webcast series describing the new features.  Read article here

If you are interested in SOA and BPM topics, you’d enjoy the newsletter.  The newsletter has been delivered monthly since January 2007 and is full of the latest information, best practices, technical tips, resources and more, on service oriented architecture (SOA).

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7 Megatrends In Professional Services

I came across this list of 7 megatrends occurring in professional services and thought I’d share them with you along with a link to a 19 page paper that discusses them in more detail.  The list was developed by Ross Dawson, CEO of Advanced Human Technologies in San Francisco.  Ross has a blog here

Here is a summary of the megatrends listed….:

  1. Growing client sophistication.  This creates pressure from them to reduce professional firm fees.
  2. A focus on governance.  Sarbanes-Oxley, for example, specifically legislates how audit firms can work with their clients.
  3. Connectivity.  Thanks to Blackberrys, mobile phones and instant messaging, clients expect faster responses and more informal interactive communication.
  4. Transparency.  Clients want to see what is happening while their professionals are at work and how they are doing it.
  5. Modularization.  Professional services must be “unbundled,” or broken down into their components. This allows clients to choose which elements they prefer to do themselves. 
  6. Globalization.  Clients are outsourcing professional work overseas to cheaper providers, and clients also expect services to be delivered globally.
  7. Commoditization. Clients believe that professionals have equivalent expertise, and as a result bid out work so that professional firms must compete on price.

Dawson says the most important megatrend is the swift advance of technology. “The challenge for professional firms today is both to implement technologies that give them great flexibility in their business operations, and to … create extraordinary business success."

You can download the 19 page pdf file from Dawson’s blog here