GIS and BPA Ben Somerville Agenda Conceptual discussion around… What is Business Process Automation? Where does GIS fit in? What tools can we use? What’s the next step? //GIS as a Capability Who Is Here Today? GIS Professional? IT Professional? Management Professional? Government? Commercial? Thought Leadership ‘Thought Leaders are said to be people (or organisations) who are recognised among their peers for innovative ideas; who confidently promote those ideas; and who earn recognition from the outside world for their deep understanding of their business, the needs of their clients, and the broader marketplace in which they operate’ GIS Thought Leadership Who do we see investing in GIS? Who do we see providing GIS Thought Leadership? CEO’s CIO’s Business Managers Business Analysts IT Managers No longer the sole domain of GIS professionals Business is driving the implementation of GIS Solutions… The GIS Problem Domain Why is GIS seen as a Solution to Business Problems? Management of Information Assets (Not Data) Access to Information Assets Business Insight via GIS Decision Support Consumer Mapping What is our Current GIS Capability? What is our Desired GIS Capability? Planned Evolution Current Future Planned Evolution Planned Evolution Emerging Industry Trends Changing User Base Focus expanding to data consumers Spatial Data Infrastructures Collaboration amongst GIS custodians Integration into Business Part of Business Process Workflows Asset Intelligence Business/Executive Reports AutoCAD integration Mash Ups Mobilisation Field Force Enablement, AVL According to wiki… Business process automation, or BPA, is the process a business uses to contain costs. It consists of integrating applications, cutting labor wherever possible, and using software applications throughout the organization. BPA Process is a function of activity Business Process addresses the needs and requirements of business to drive repeatable tasks and achieve consistency Human interaction is usually involved but not necessarily every step is human driven Automation is the process of reducing human interaction So should a machine drive my business??? I hope not! People need to manage the process of delivery. Think of building cars on an assembly. Automated robots help, but cannot provide all of the pieces. GIS and BPA Is anyone trying? In a way we all are, but more can be done GIS workflows are well established Integration into the broader business process is required Four main approaches to BPA Extension Buy a specialist BPA tool Implement a BPM (Business Process Management) solution Purchase a middleware solution BPA vs BPM BPM Before we can automate we need to define all of the businesses processes BPA Until a process is automated it presents little value to a company Businesses are so agile that process change is inevitable and therefore it is too hard to define all processes before automation Therefore automation of some things straight away presents more value What about SOAs Enabling technology Speed can be the problem Delivering a complete SOA can be a daunting task but doesn’t have to be Bite off achievable chunks even though you may need to revisit in the future BPEL Business Process Execution Language OASIS Standard built by all the big players Specifies business process behaviour based on web services (Spatial) Information Delivery Model? Person-dependent data access model (Person-enabled service) Technology-dependent data access model (Technology-enabled service) GIS Technician Publish e.g. Maps Globes Models Solutions? JTX solves the GIS workflow How do we extend that to Business? JTX Server exposes the GIS process as web services. BPEL can then be employed to interact with the GIS process from a corporate wide system Why Efficiency Accountability Consistency Thankyou Questions?
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