Bruce Silver Associates

Bruce Silver Associates has been in business since 1994, providing consulting, training, industry analysis, and publishing focused on business process management and, more recently, decision management.  Our work with BPM technology vendors includes producing reports and videos, speaking at user events, and consulting on product capabilities and positioning.  Today our work is primarily training end user organizations on process modeling with BPMN and decision modeling with DMN using the Method and Style approach.

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 2016 takes place at the Canary Hotel in Santa Barbara, CA on April 19-21, 2016.

Cody-Cassidy Press, owned by Bruce Silver Associates, is the publisher of BPMN Method and Style (in English, German, and Spanish editions), The BPI Blueprint by Shelley Sweet, and (soon) DMN Method and Style.


The Method and Style blog focuses on the new generation of process modeling and decision modeling standards, tools, and practices.  Previously, under the names BPMS Watch and then Business Process Watch, its focus was BPM technology and tools.

Bruce Silver’ s Bio

I am a consultant, trainer, and independent industry analyst focused on business process modeling and decision modeling.  I am also founder and principal of, the leading worldwide provider of BPMN 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.   In 2015, I joined the DMN 1.1 Task Force in OMG, and have been heavily involved in putting together the new decision modeling standard.  My newest book DMN Method and Style tries to do for decision modeling what BPMN Method and Style did for process modeling.  Also, together with Nathaniel Palmer I host an exciting annual event, bpmNEXT, focused on the next generation of BPM-related technology, now in its fourth year.

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 moved to Los Angeles in 2013.  The weather’s good all year long, and I’m finally getting used to the roar of the leaf-blowers.  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 33 years.  We have two grown children, and grandchildren Maia, Kira, and Ryder.   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 how that goes.