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Workflow, Intelligent Process Automation and Marine Helicopters at Nintex xchange 2018

Will Kruisbrink

Will Kruisbrink

What goes best with a California-style burrito, the one with fries wrapped up inside? That’s right, workflow and process automation, courtesy of Walker Sands’ awesome Bellevue client, Nintex.

Three members of the Walker Sands West Coast team just wrapped up a week of deep-dive Nintex workflow experiences at the client’s annual customer and partner conference, Nintex xchange.

Walker Sands Leaders at Nintex Exchange

This year Nintex hosted the event at the Grand Hyatt, San Diego, a welcome escape for the rain-soaked Pacific Northwesters that made up the bulk of the attendees. In addition to a sunny escape in the winter, Nintex’s annual event is one of the largest gatherings of automation and workflow experts from around the world.

Wahl Lincoln Photo

Machine learning, AI and automation were the dominant trends discussed, while new product features for Nintex Forms and collapsable workflow diagrams were crowd-favorites for the mostly technical attendees. 

Among a myriad of new technical features and product integrations, the team saw Nintex expert Ryan Duguid set up an entire fire alarm system using a sophisticated process automation workflow. We also were treated to a show by noted performance graffiti artist, Erik Wahl, who finger-painted Abraham Lincoln in less time than a Coldplay song.

Throughout the conference content, the Nintex team has been hard at work evangelizing a new concept in process automation: intelligent process automation. Imagine not having to go through that one tedious work process that takes 20 times longer than it should. Those are the problems the Nintex engineering team are solving every day. So far, Nintex has automated more than 3 million work processes and is well on its way to conquering the (relatively) new intelligent process automation category. It’s exciting to be present for such cutting-edge technology.

What’d we get up to in San Diego over the three days? Annie, Kate and I attended sessions, went to client dinners (Dover Sole FTW!) and took some time to explore downtown San Diego, including the USS-Midway aircraft carrier museum.

USS Midway

Interesting note on that F/A-18 Hornet: It’s been painted brown to look like a Soviet/Russian Federation MiG because it was used as an aggressor aircraft in a the Flight Weapon School training program at Mirimar, about 10 miles from downtown San Diego. That school is also known as Top Gun. 


By the way, even on that once state-of-the-art navy ship, documents were still printed out and routed by hand. I guess even the most sophisticated organizations often still get mired in dated and broken processes.

Thanks to the team for all their hard work and congrats to the Nintex event crew for putting on such a successful show!