BPM Conference Portugal 2017 – Artificial Intelligence

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The most important BPM conference in Portugal took place in May this year and was about reacting to change in the Business Process Management sphere of knowledge from the automation point of view.

One of the interesting aspects of this year Conference was the number of Portuguese speakers that contributed to the topic. Of the nine or ten talk’s, a whopping six were Portuguese, which can only mean that BPM and AI are alive and well in our country.

With the rise of Artificial Intelligence, new types of automation will require increasingly more flexible processes and successful managers will be the ones that will see that their organizations are able to adjust to changes in technology.

The ever growing trend into shifting to digital currencies AI applied to transportation (self-driving cars and trucks) and manufacturing processes, with cutting edge 3D technologies and smart assembly lines, will cause companies to either prosper or fail.

Hosted at the wonderful Reitoria da Universidade Nova de Lisboa (modern and old architecture alongside one another and my own alma mater), the stage was set for an wonderful day.

I will be presenting a selection of the most interesting talks of the conference in a series of posts.

Starting things up, to an eager and packed audience, some big names were present this year. To my delight, one of my favorite authors and BPM experts, Paul Harmon, was the first one to grace us with his presence and vast experience.

Although the topic of his talk was “Managing the Cognitive Transition”, which is a theme interesting by itself, what touched me the most was his account of what Artificial Intelligence is now and what it was thirty years ago. Specifically, his healthy skepticism based, of course, in experience, warns us that although this topic is interesting and will be part of our future, we are not quite there yet.

I highly recommend checking out all the videos and material for the conference, but if you only have time for one, this is the one to check. You can watch it through the following link.

Stay tuned for part 2 where we’ll discover a surprisingly (or maybe not) new way to model and interact with Business Processes involving… games ??!!

João Estevão
Nerding constantly about BPM and many other things, techy and non-techy, at Polarising. I’ve used Opensource technologies for about 20 years and think it is going to eat the world. Amateur Human behavioural scientist. Professional lover of cats, pizza and music.
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