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BPM – The Adoption In The Financial Industry Versus Early Expectations

December 16, 2009 Leave a comment

Very nice article which describes adoption of technology in banking sector.  It suggests the road to nirvana is bumpy.  Very well written.  No sources.

Bpm – The Adoption In The Financial Industry Versus Early Expectations

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November 24, 2009 Leave a comment

Do a quick survey of companies claiming to support the IM rules for pipelines and invariably they are focused on the operations side of the business. In the operations world, compliance with the IM rule means running pigs and doing direct assessment.  In terms of time and effort, the hardest part is doing confirmatory digs.  The rulings have had minimal impact on the day-to-day life of a field services professional.

In contrast, the folks in engineering are feeling an enormous strain because of the ruling.  Typically engineering services will own compliance with the IM rule.  Whereas at one time a few engineers could run the integrity program of a major transmission company, the analytically rigorous and data intensive nature of the IM rulings have stretched these departments to the limit.

Follow along as I figure out how to make the world a better place for pipeline engineers.  I aspire to enable pipeliners to orchestrate their IM program to achieve visibility into the process, control over its behavior, and protection for the data behind it.

I am developing a concept called engineering process management (EPM).  It is an extension of business process management (BPM).  BPM has provided visibility, control, and protection to the banking, insurance, and a number of other regulated industries.  Along the way, the folks who have employed it have realized tremendous operational flexibility and control that has translated into reduced operating costs, fewer mistakes, and less harried workers.

I hope to bring the same benefits to the world of engineering where instead of banking transactions or insurance policies, we are concerned with the integrity of physical assets.  At this point EPM is only a concept.  Over the next few months I hope to begin building it. Right now I am looking for an operator who wants me to build it and is willing to pay me a little bit to do so.

Stay tuned!  I’ll share my progress, some of the things I learn, and some of my observations along the way. Here in these early days I’ll try to fill in some background as well.

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