Bruce Silver Associates

Bruce Silver Associates has been in business since 1994, providing consulting, training, industry analysis, and publishing focused on business process management.  Work with end user organizations is primarily related to process modeling with BPMN, the industry standard process definition language.  Work with BPM technology vendors is primarily related to producing reports and videos, speaking at user events, and consulting on product capabilities and positioning.

BPMessentials, a joint venture of Bruce Silver Associates and itp commerce ltd of Bern, Switzerland, offers BPM training and certification, both online and in the classroom.

bpmNEXT, a joint venture of Bruce Silver Associates and Nathaniel Palmer, is an annual conference showcasing the latest innovations in BPM and related technology.  bpmNEXT 2014 takes place at Asilomar in Pacific Grove, CA March 25-27, 2014.

Cody-Cassidy Press, owned by Bruce Silver Associates, is the publisher of BPMN Method and Style and soon, additional BPM-related titles.


The blog, until recently called BPMS Watch, covers BPM technology and BPMN tools, training, and practice.  Those remain the focus, but the new name, Business Process Watch, better describes the content.

My Bio

I am an independent industry analyst and consultant focused on business process management, also founder and principal of BPMessentials.com, the leading provider of BPM training and certification.  It keeps me on the road a lot.  In 2009 I got involved with drafting the BPMN 2.0 specification in OMG, and I wrote a book, BPMN Method & Style, which is now in second edition.   Together with Nathaniel Palmer I host an exciting annual event, bpmNEXT, focused on the next generation of BPM-related technology.

Prior to starting Bruce Silver Associates, I was Vice President in charge of workflow and document management research at BIS Strategic Decisions (which became Giga Information Group, now part of Forrester Research).  I served on the board of directors of Captiva Software from 1995 until it was acquired by EMC in 2006. In the 1980s, I was a principal developer of Wang’s WIIS document imaging system and Wang Office Fax Gateway.   I worked on digital still cameras in the early 1980s at Polaroid… way before its time.  I hold Physics degrees from Princeton (AB, Phi Beta Kappa) and MIT (PhD), and four patents in electronic imaging.

My hobbies are cycling, gardening, and photography.  After 27 years in Boston and then 15 in the redwoods of Santa Cruz, I’ve recently moved to Los Angeles.  Don’t ask me why.  The variety of garden plants is less interesting and the roar of the leaf-blowers never stops.  An avid photographer for 35 years,  I studied under Minor White at MIT in the 1970s.  No longer lugging that 4×5 view camera, I work now with a Canon EOS 7D, always trying to get better.

I’ve managed to stay married to my first wife Junell for 32 years.  We have two grown children, and grandchildren Maia and Kira, who dominate my Flickr page for obvious reasons.   My wife and I remain big-time Boston sports fans – Red Sox, Pats, Celtics.  Trying to get into the Dodgers and Clippers.  We’ll see.