Business Process Management (BPM) user groups have been launched in Australia with chapters operating in Melbourne, Sydney, Canberra, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth.
Since forming the BPTrends Forum in September as a information sharing network for users of BPM software, bi-monthly meetings have been held with attendance from users, vendors, consultants and academics.
The forum's founder, Paul Harmon, said the open, collaborative and technology-independent format is proving highly effective in helping organizations accelerate their adoption of BPM methods and technologies.
"The BPTrends Forum provides members in specific geographical areas with an opportunity to meet and discuss important BPM issues, providing even greater value to our members through these off-line services, as well as expanded online services," he said.
Members look at what technologies vendors are developing and delivering, what methodologies are working and what trends and standards are emerging.
BPM consultant, Imre Hegedus, has also taken an active lead in establishing a community of business process professionals with each chapter run by volunteer coordinators. Most of these coordinators are active in driving BPM adoption in large private and public sector organizations.
BPM is certainly growing in popularity, according to Aberdeen Research director, Perry Donham.
He said it is being used by 'best in class companies' to increase workflow efficiences and provide them with a solid understanding of their key business processes.
Forum details at firstname.lastname@example.org.