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Karen Larkowski, General Manager and Program Director of Business Ecology Initiative

 Karen  Larkowski Karen D. Larkowski is the General Manager and Program Director of Business Ecology Initiative, BPM / SOA Consortium and GCIO at OMG. An industry spokesperson for nearly two decades, Ms. Larkowski served as the founder and Chief Evangelist for Green Computing Impact Organization, Inc. (GCIO) prior to its merger with the OMG. She also serves as the President of Market Research at The Standish Group International, Inc. a market research and advisory firm focused on enterprise technology. She is well known for her industry contributions and has written numerous books, white papers and articles focused on many facets of the computer industry. She has held multiple advisory sessions with both vendor and end-user clients and offers daily advice on key technology decisions. Ms. Larkowski is the author of "Essential Guide to Object Monitors" published by John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

Presentation: "Business Ecology: Optimization is More Than Automation"

Time: Thursday 16:30 - 17:30

Location: City


For far too long, the function of the Information Technology group has been to track down wild, manual processes and tame them with automation. While the hunting may have been fun, and the whips and chains associated with taming interesting, most IT organizations now spend 70% to 90% of their time updating the whips and chains--maintenance is the primary function of IT these days. Why is it then that ideas like "Business Technology" and "Business Process Management" are now popping up from the management side? Simple: because automation is only one part of the process optimization picture.

The CIO and the IT organization know more about the business processes of the entire enterprise than anyone else, but they will be extinct in the near future if they don't add new optimization tools to their hunting arsenal. Business ecology is about recognizing, precisely defining, capturing, categorizing, reusing and optimizing processes, and making the IT organization focus on information rather than automation.