Dec. 9, 2005


 A business process is a series of actions designed to bring about a defined result in a consistent fashion. Very powerful Business Process Management ( BPM ) software has been developed over the last decade. Many of us feel that this software remains underutilized in the energy industry.

BPM software doesn't replace the people who do the work, but it can manage the interactions among them. It can also store documents in readily accessible way and record metrics on how well the process is working. Processes involving coordination among multiple people, departments or organizations, each responsible for one or more of the steps along the way, are prime candidates for BPM software.

As an aid to our membership, the SPE Gulf Coast Section has organized a Technology Showcase on Business Process Management software.  We have invited eight vendors in this area to provide a description of their software and its capabilities, to give examples of the kinds of problems that are good target applications and to review case studies of its application. 

  8:00 -   8:30   Continental breakfast and registration
  8:30 -   8:45   Welcome and Introductions
  8:45 -   9:15   Keynote address
     “Business Process Management-- Lessons Learned”, Kurt McCaslin, Kerr McGee
  9:15 -   9:30   Q&A, explain rest of agenda
  9:30 - 12:30   Concurrent sessions with 8 invited companies
     1. OpenText
     2. Microsoft
     3. Fuego
     4. K2.Net
     5. IBM
     6. File Net
     7. SAP
     8. Documentum
12:30 -   1:30   Lunch and wrap-up
There will be four 40 minute vendor presentations in four demonstration rooms.  Each vendor will repeat their presentation twice between 9:30 and 12:30 to allow attendees to self select into areas of interest.
Abstracts of presentations:
1.      OpenText
Title: “Content-centric process management using Livelink”
Content: The presenters will demonstrate how Open Text’s Livelink, already a leading enterprise content management solution in the Oil and Gas space, can help an organization better manage the content-centric processes that are critical to success (AFE Approval, Management of Change, Invoices, Incidents, Safety, etc.).  Many processes relevant to oil and gas companies involve various types of content.  Livelink can obviously manage the content.  Find out how Livelink’s workflow engine can be used to dynamically manage a wide variety of processes…some that can be solved with an “off-the-shelf” product approach.
Presenters: Scott Hardin, Leo Sayavedra and Andy Counts, Opentext Corporation
2.      Microsoft
Title: Microsoft Enabling Energy Business Process Optimization
Content: Within the next 5-7 years the energy industry will be facing the retirement of a significant portion of its technical staff. To help alleviate the problem of the loss of institutional capability from a loss of personal know-how of experienced staff, energy companies are focusing on ways to improve productivity, institutionalize knowledge, and capture and accelerate work flows.  Microsoft will present an overview of the importance of the .net framework for building interoperability between core systems. Web services developed in service oriented architecture facilitates the types of complex orchestrations of data and integration of application that is enabled by Microsoft technology.
Presenters: Bill Terry and Michael Sternesky
3.      Fuego
Title: “Using BPM to Manage Enterprise Processes in the Petroleum Industry”
Content: This presentation discusses the usage of Business Process Management (BPM) technology as the primary mechanism for delivering automated, integrated and optimized business processes.  The audience will develop an understanding of how BPM platforms such as FuegoBPM can be leveraged to rapidly integrate people, applications and systems into enterprise business processes to help reduce costs, improve service-levels and achieve process agility at an average of 1/10th the cost and effort of traditional integration and workflow solutions.
Presenters: Wayne Snell and Chris Carter, Fuego Inc.
4.      K2.Net
Title: “Leveraging Technology to Automate Business Processes in the Oil & Gas Industry
Content: The presenters will share new opportunities to leverage automated business process management solutions to automate real world manual processes, and will introduce the audience to 2003 Workflow, a software solution that increases business productivity by integrating people into systematic processes and creating an integrated workflow environment.  One example of Workflow integration will be in the form of an Electronic Field Ticketing System.  It will demonstrate the automated collection and dissemination of field related data including field tickets, electronic customer signatures, with the integration of workflow processes to tie that data to invoicing and back-end systems for complete end-to-end solution. 
Presenters: Joe Bocardo, Chris Geier and Travis M. Parigi, K2.Net
5.      IBM
Title: “Competitive advantages utilizing BPM and SOA with IBM On Demand solutions”
Content: On Demand is a business strategy from IBM to help organizations become more competitive by being more nimble and flexible. An On Demand business is an enterprise whose business processes are integrated end-to-end across the company and with key partners, suppliers and customers, able to respond with speed to any customer demand, market opportunity or external threat. Effective Business Process Management (BPM) is essential to becoming an On Demand enterprise and a Service Oriented Architecture(SOA) is a key enabler for BPM. This presentation will describe how IBM software provides a flexible SOA platform to support Business Process Management with the competitive advantage of flexibility and rapid response.
Presenters: Rochell McLain, Jeff McBride, IBM
6. FileNet
Title: “Reducing cost and automating compliance with BPM”
Content: In this presentation the presenters will explore current success with BPM along with the near term future of business process automation.  The current state will be highlighting applications in production that have reduced the cost and cycle times of business processes at a local petrochemical company.  As we move to the near term future the presentation will cover emerging areas for BPM by giving examples of how local Oil & Gas companies are implementing BPM technology for the automation of legal compliance.  The near term future/legal compliance discussion will deal with issues surrounding records management, e-mail management, and simulation.
Presenters: Mike Mahan - District Manager, FileNet Corporation , Ed Kveton - Senior Systems Consultant FileNet Corporation
7. SAP
Title: SAP NetWeaver – Enabling the next generation of Business Process Management
Content: Business Process Management encompasses the design, configuration, execution, and monitoring of business processes. These processes can be structured or unstructured.  In this presentation, SAP will describe how SAP NetWeaver and SAP’s Enterprise Serviced Architecture can be used to enhance, improve, and manage these business processes, enabling end-to-end integration.
Presenters: Rocky Subramanian, Andrea Yowman, SAP.
8. Documentum
Title: “BPM and EMC|Documentum”
Content: The presenters will outline the options available for managing business processes in an EMC|Documentum context, identify the use cases which are appropriate for each of these options, and present several case studies in the energy industry related to BPM.
Presenters: Darrell Delahoussaye, Bechtel and Mike Alsup, Gimmal Group

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Speaker Kurt McCaslin

Director of Technology
Kurt is the Director of Technology for Kerr McGee Oil and Gas Corp.   A Petroleum Engineer by training, Kurt''s experience has taken him from Texas to Kazakhstan to Aberdeen to China and back again.  In his 26 years of industry experience, he has held a variety of positions …

Director of Technology

Kurt is the Director of Technology for Kerr McGee Oil and Gas Corp.   A Petroleum Engineer by training, Kurt''s experience has taken him from Texas to Kazakhstan to Aberdeen to China and back again.  In his 26 years of industry experience, he has held a variety of positions including Engineering Manager, Operations Manager, Asset Manager, , EHS Manager, Division Reservoir Engineering Manager,  International Country Manager and Worldwide Drilling Manager.    His current position includes a staff of 30 Engineering and Geoscience technical experts, as well as dotted line responsibility for upstream IT, Chairman of the Kerr-McGee IT/business Advisory Board, and executive sponsor for Kerr-McGee''s Data Management and Digital Oilfield efforts. 

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Fri, Dec. 9, 2005

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