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Welcome to the new look IRM UK newsletter. It is a work in progress so please tell us what you think or if you have  any suggestions as to how we can improve this then please do share with us.


In this issue we feature the following articles:


1. Six Steps to Better Strategy Execution, Jeff Scott

2. Do You Really Need that ESB? Next Generation Enterprise Architecture, Mark O'Neill


3. The State of BPM, Paul Harmon


4. Adopting a More Rigorous Approach to BI, Stephen Swoyer


1. Six Steps to Better Strategy Execution, Jeff Scott


An adept leader knows how to apply and enhance his organization’s capabilities to deliver more value

– directly to customers or indirectly through supporting activities. While most leaders know what they want their organizations to do, they struggle to translate their vision into focused and effective action.


Executives need a well-defined process to manage

the translation of their vision and strategy into targeted, synchronized execution – a strategy-to-execution process. Organizations that implement this process see dramatic performance improvements. This report offers a framework for creating crisp, clear strategies, identifying the capabilities required for strategy realization, and identifying the work that maximizes value for the organization. Download the article.


2. Do You Really Need that ESB? Next Generation Enterprise Architecture, Mark O'Neill 


Currently many organisations are using yesterday’s architecture for tomorrow’s applications. The traditional architecture for web based applications does not always effectively link to mobile applications. ESBs were supposed to help, by providing a central bus for integration. The ESB would then become a central monolithic point of integration.

But then the world changed. Rather than consolidating on one monolithic solution, organisations began to use a myriad of applications in their daily business, both on-premises and in the Cloud (e.g. SalesForce). Lightweight Web APIs are how these applications are delivered. These APIs are often consumed by mobile apps or by rich Web applications. In that case, where would an ESB even sit? How would an ESB, not built for Web APIs, deal with the new API-centric world? Suddenly, ESBs became part of the problem, not part of the solution. Download the article.


3. The State of BPM, Paul Harmon

The BPM market is growing steadily, but not dramatically: Think one digit growth rather than two digit growth. There is enough activity to keep people interested and moving forward, but not quite enough to create the excitement we saw in 2005 when BPMS products were new and software vendors were introducing new products and pushing their wares at BPM conferences. As we noted in the 2012 BPTrends BPM Market Survey Report, there is more interest and confidence in BPMS today than in the past, but even after a lot of consolidation, the market is still growing at a modest rate. Download the article.


4. Adopting a More Rigorous Approach to BI, Stephen Swoyer


Business intelligence and discovery is taking a more scientific approach. Increasingly, says one industry thought-leader, it’s taking on the metaphor of the

scientific method: i.e., a model in which hypotheses can be tested and proven. First, however, we’ll have to solve long-standing problems of access to and

preparation of data for analytics. Download the article.


Information from our Partners:


DAMA International

DAMA International is a not-for-profit, vendor-independent association of technical and business professionals dedicated to advancing the concepts and practices for data resource management and enterprise information. The primary purpose of DAMA International is to promote the understanding, development, and practice of managing data and information to support business strategies. DAMA International has chapters throughout the world. DAMA members network with other professionals to share ideas, trends, problems, and solutions., the Data Administration Newsletter is the industry leading publication for people interested in learning about data administration and data management disciplines / best practices. Each monthly issue addresses the most challenging issues of the day. Click here to subscribe.


BPM Geek

BPM Geek is an initiative to collaborate and communicate with the growing Business process management community out there. The goal is to help developers connect with experts, ask questions, post their learning. Often tool specific knowledge of niche areas end up developers perplexed and confused - especially when there are very less number of resources available. BPM Geek has been started by Constellation Software and Consulting Pvt Ltd but belongs to the BPM Community.


Business Process Incubator

Business Process Incubator is the global online resource of all things Process.  Free registration provides access to a wealth of BPM, Lean, Six Sigma, Change Management & Strategic Planning.  Business Solutions including free BPMN modelers, best practice presentations, standards compliant verification and conversion web-services, and a comprehensive BPM eLearning curriculums.


BPM Leader

BPM Leader is the largest independent community for business process management professionals worldwide. BPM Leader is the expert network and community site where you can find the latest insights, ideas and best practices on Business Process Management, Workflow Automation, Case Management, Lean Six Sigma, Change Management and related domains. Being a strictly independent knowledge sharing platform, BPM Leader brings together over 11,000 BPM professionals, bloggers, industry experts, users, vendors, consultants and analysts.


All articles are © 2013 by the authors.



New IRM UK Partner Event:

Announcing the IRM UK and WhereScape Data Automation Event in London, 18 June.

WhereScape in association with IRM UK are running a half day event in the New Zealand High Commission in London, 18 June.  


There will be case study presentations and presentations from industry experts Tom Breur and Steve Hitchman.


For full information and to register please visit the WhereScape site.



IRM UK Conferences:


Enterprise Architecture Conference Europe 2013, 11 - 14 June, London.

Business Process Management Conference Europe,11 - 14 June, London.

Business Analysis Conference Europe, 23 - 25 September, London - Just Published!

Data Management & Information Quality Conference Europe 2013, 4 - 6 November, London.

Data Warehouse & Business Intelliegnce Conference Europe 2013, 4 - 6 November, London.


IRM UK Seminars:


Enterprise Architecture Series

Business & Systems Analysis Series

Data Management Series

IT Strategy & Management Series


Visit for full information on our events.



Information from our Partners:


TechWeek Europe


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TechWeekEurope UK helps IT decision makers enhance their business with technology. It provides insight on topics including mobility, security, cloud computing, public sector and sustainable IT.


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Architecture & Governance


Architecture & Governance Magazine is the leading online community with over 12,000 members, targeted at Enterprise Architects, Strategic Planners, Governance practitioners and IT Executives who are focused on driving business change through Strategic IT Planning and Enterprise Architecture. A&G magazine features industry case studies, analyst reports, and best practices. To receive a complimentary subscription please click here.