Keynote – Tom Baeyens

BPM in the cloud

Cloud computing has had a tremendous impact on how we consume software. That revolution is propagating to BPM and this talk will explore the dynamics involved. To understand the full scale of that impact, it’s important to reflect on some key aspects of traditional BPM. BPM’s sweet spot typically appeared when the executives’ need for change was met with IT’s enthusiasm on BPM system capabilities. The cloud has lead to bring your own device. Which means that now business managers take over the responsibility for buying business software from the IT department. So cloud has brought a lot more than the technical aspect of elastic computing. It’s the change in business model that has set radically new standards in terms of usability, focus and simplicity. When this mindset is applied to BPM, you can get an impression of its future direction. The impact is more profound than what people expect.

About the presenter
Tom Baeyens is founder and CEO of, an online service that is like cruise control for collaboration. Tom is a recognized thought leader in cloud BPM & collaboration and he has architected a large portion of the running BPM engines worldwide. Previously he founded the successful open source BPM engines jBPM (acquired by JBoss/Red Hat) and Activiti (Alfresco). You can follow him on twitter and on his blog.

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Keynote – Noshir Contractor

Moneyball for nanoHUB: Theory-driven and Data-driven Approaches to understand the Formation and Success of Software Development Teams

Given the increasing importance of teams in producing high-impact innovations, it is important for success in all of the domains in which teams are critical that we understand how to assemble innovation-ready teams. While there is considerable research on how to make teams more effective once they are formed, there is growing evidence that the assembly of the team itself influences the range of possible outcomes. Most prior work on teams is based on the premise that the team has been formed and fails to investigate the mechanisms that influence the assembly of teams and their impact on team processes and outcomes. This paper seeks to understand and enable the assembly of innovative scientific teams. We use theory-driven (social science theories) as well as data-driven (data/text mining and machine learning algorithms) to discern factors that explain/predict assembly of innovative scientific teams.

We define team assembly as the set of principles that jointly determine how a team is formed. Team assembly is a multilevel construct, capturing the sets of factors occurring at four levels of emergence that determine how teams come together. The theoretical mechanisms of team assembly can be categorized at four levels of emergence: compositional, relational, task-based, and ecosystem. All four approaches are well-captured using network approaches, with the aim of understanding the impact of these four sets of factors on the likelihood that a team-assembly edge (or, in network parlance, a hyperedge) will form.

Results of the research described here will help (i) individual researchers assemble their own dream team, (ii) university administrators to help organize interdisciplinary initiatives for research and education, (iii) leaders of cyber infrastructure such as the NSF-funded nanoHUB, use a dashboard and recommender system, to monitor and enable high performing virtual collaboration within the nanoHUB community, (iv) program officers at funding agencies who make decisions about the likely payoff scientific teams, and (v) science policy makers on how to design and fund research programs that incentivize the assembly of dream teams.

About the presenter
Noshir Contractor is the Jane S. & William J. White Professor of Behavioral Sciences in the School of Engineering, School of Communication and the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, USA. He is the Director of the Science of Networks in Communities (SONIC) Research Group at Northwestern University.

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Keynote – Xiang Gao

Towards the Next Generation Intelligent BPM —— In the Era of Big Data

Big data opens a new dimension, space, to o er the advantage of gleaning intelligence from data and translating that into business benefits. It will lead to knowledge revolution in all sectors, including Business Process Management (BPM). This paper sheds light on key characteristics of intelligent BPM (iBPM) from an industrial point of view. A big data perspective on iBPM is then proposed, showing the challenges and potential opportunities in attempt to catalyze idea from insight to application. China Mobile Communications Corporation (CMCC)’s exploring and practice are provided, which also elicit the future research directions for enterprise applications.

About the presenter
Xiang Gao graduated from the Telecommunications Engineering Department of Nanjing University of Posts and Telecommunications in 1982, and received the master’s degree in Information Management from BI Norwegian Business School in 1999 and the doctor’s degree of Business Administration from Hong Kong Polytechnic University in 2005. Now he is a professor-level senior engineer and has extensive experience in IT management, operations and technologies.
Dr. Gao is the general manager of Management Information System Department, China Mobile Communications Corporation. He is the Guest Professor of Fudan University and Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications, and the Executive Member of the council of China Information Industry Trade Association (CIITA). Dr. Gao formerly served as the Chief Engineer of China Mobile Group Liaoning Co., Ltd. and the General Manager of the Enterprise Corporation Dept. of CMCC.
Dr. Gao’s current research interests fall in the general areas of business intelligent, social network analysis, business process management and cloud computing. He owns several patents in information technologies and telecommunications and has been in charge of several large-scale IT research and implementation projects. Dr. Gao has been continuously elected as a Distinguished Lecturer for invited keynote speaking on the annual CIO conferences organized by State-owned Assets Supervision and Administration Commission (SASAC) from 2006 to 2012. He has also served as a Program Committee Chair of the 2nd International Conference on Advanced Computer Control (ICACC 2010).

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