November 13, 2006
SAP AG has announced growing momentum for the Business Process
Expert Community. The community provides a collaborative environment in
which business process experts can share information, experiences and
best practices to implement enterprise SOA to increase business
agility. Since its formal launch just two months ago at SAP TechEd '06
in Las Vegas, Nevada, the first open community for business process
experts has rapidly grown to 60,000 members, nearly one-third of which
are based in India.
The Business Process Expert Community is
designed to foster co-innovation in an open forum that caters to
business process experts looking to drive business value from SOA --
regardless of whether they are SAP customers or partners. Members can
collaborate and co-innovate by accessing and publishing blogs,
discussion forums, wiki FAQs, articles, best practices, business
scenario models, change management skills and SAP tools to help them
deliver increased value to their organizations. Additionally, the
community offers specialized vertical and horizontal topic areas to
help business process experts leverage the expertise of peers in
similar job functions and industries.
SAP offers model-driven tools as well as modeled composite applications specifically for this new category of professionals -- enabling business process experts to compose business processes themselves, reduce the need for coding and remove the traditional IT backlog, in part by improving business-to-IT communication, tools and processes. The role of a business process expert -- a key new job category borne from the evolution to enterprise SOA -- has evolved to encompass a variety of titles including business analyst, business consultant, process consultant, application consultant and process developer. A business process expert plays a critical role within companies of all sizes, bridging business and IT to accelerate business process innovation.
The business process expert bridges the worlds of IT and business by bringing industry knowledge and business expertise to leverage composition software tools in order to increase business agility. Because SAP delivers model-driven tools, business process experts that are existing SAP customers have a distinct advantage in that they can leverage the SAP NetWeaver platform to adapt, compose and execute business processes in real time, as needed, to accelerate innovation. The typical background of the 60,000-plus members that have already joined the Business Process Expert Community includes:
process experts now have an open forum in which they can sharpen their
skills and share information, experiences and best practices to
successfully leverage enterprise SOA," said Zia Yusuf, executive vice
president, Platform Ecosystem, SAP. "And with the launch of the
community, SAP is continuing to introduce new opportunities for its
ecosystem and the industry as a whole to collaborate around business
process innovation. The rapid growth of the community -- worldwide and
in India -- has been exciting, and the tremendous positive response
from business process experts further underlines the strong global
interest in enterprise SOA. The community will only serve to deepen
this interest, and we look forward to continuing this momentum."
Reflecting their belief in SAP's enterprise SOA vision and the value of being part of a fast-evolving global community of industry experts, members from India have become the largest segment within the global Business Process Expert Community. Nearly 20,000 of the 60,000 community members are from India, translating into the highest share globally.
An employee of Wipro Technologies from Bangalore is the top contributor in the community -- demonstrating that global members are strongly committed to the community and to collaborating with other members around enterprise SOA.
"Wipro recognizes the Business Process Expert Community as a key link in SAP's enterprise SOA roadmap for its customers and partners," said Sangita Singh, senior vice president, Enterprise Application Services, Wipro. "Business knowledge and domain insights within organizations come from the experts, many of which may not be from the developer community. This new community will get many such people into the SAP ecosystem and thereby enhance the knowledge within it."
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