Has Gartner fallen asleep with BPM research ?


After the buzz of the Forrester #bpmjam I woke up this morning to read Jim Sinur’s latest blog post “The Multiple Dimensions of Simulation and BPM” (http://bit.ly/bdn7oy) and came crashing back down again. Disappointment was an understatement. Unfortunately for Jim he touched on a subject I poured a lot of time and effort into in 2009, namely process simulation and virtual world integration. I’ve posted on this subject a few times, there’s a whitepaper listed too. Jim’s fuzzy notion that it’s “a bit out there” smacked of lazy research, if at all.

The fact is the blog read more like random thoughts over a luke warm latte and cream scone than something I would expect from a peer. It gave me nothing to take away and chew over so why bother posting it ?

If the analysts had a Magic Quadrant for themselves Gartner would be in the bottom left corner right now.

I admire Gartner, Forrester, Bloor etc for what they do and have many friends in these circles but when I read stuff like this it really doesn’t do them any favours and there now seems an apparent gulf in the quality of posts between the main houses. Forrester is leading a charge with social integration, today’s hot topics discussed last night on Twitter while Gartner stares at it’s belly button pondering BPM as it was 20 years ago.

Wake up guys !!

Oh, and then there’s the pet hate of Sandy Kemsley: the gratuitous and irrelevant use of an image (is that a tree Jim ??)

Here’s mine, even my son was bored when I read him the post…..



2 responses to “Has Gartner fallen asleep with BPM research ?

  1. Harsh… but is the issue summarised by a lovely quote I heard the other day:Analysts are rather like eunuchs in a brothel. They come to work each day and see it being done, they spend time talking to those who do it, they know all about the approaches and techniques, but no longer able to do it.

  2. I am interested in your statement that "Forrester is leading a charge with social integration". If this observation were repeated, it might suggest that Forrester has a superior vision to other large analyst firms (not that that’s saying much), so the Magic Sorting Hat might just put it into Ravenclaw. However, if we put independent analysts onto the map, then the scale might have to be completely redrawn.Some people might think that the independent analysts lack "ability to execute". But this depends on how this criterion is defined. A counter-argument is that it is the large industry analysis firms that lack "ability to execute", because they are conventionally organized as a series of separate knowledge silos. See my post From organizational intelligence to ability to execute.

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