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Apple MacBook Pro Review: A Growing Responsibility

I bought the new MacBook Pro when it came out partly as an experiment. The specs weren’t so different that it would spark an upgrade cycle at BP3, but the price went up and I wanted to personally experience whether

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Skills for BPM in 2017

Great summary post from Zbigniew on BPM Tips for BPM skills for 2017.  It’s a good question for the experts in the world, and they have weighed in, impressively.  This post caught me in the midst of traveling in Europe

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Pretty Much How I Feel About Austin, Too

Will Harrison recently wrote about Austin’s food scene: “THANKS QUESO! HOW AUSTIN’S RESTAURANT SCENE CHANGED THIS MIDWESTERNER’S LIFE.” As a fellow Midwesterner, I can relate.  And we just had some new members of the team down from the the Midwest

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Traditional vs. New Economic Thinking

Fred Wilson of Union Square Ventures has this great post on New Economics, in which he quotes a table that lists economic thought for each of 6 categories:IndividualsNetworks and InstitutionsInstitutionsDynamicsInnovationEmergenceIn particular, I recall taking economics in college and being frustrated

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Recommended Reading on BPM for 2017

People often ask me for a reading list on BPM – and it was nice of Zbigniew to post a great list on BPM Tips. You can’t do much better than the curated list he put together, though if you

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I Haven’t Lost my Apple AirPods Yet… (Review)

There are better and more comprehensive reviews of AirPods elsewhere, I am sure.  This one is for the amateur Apple users like myself.  A few thoughts:The AirPods come in a dental-floss look-alike case.  While it is a source of amusement

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Our Neighbors at Data.World on Work-Life Integration

Some good friends work over at Data.World so we follow their news with interest.  More than that, they’re neighbors in our building and we’re fans of their offering.Brett Hurt recently sat down for an interview with the ABJ in their

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My Own Amateur Apple Watch Review

I could have trotted out a review of the Apple Watch when the first version hit the market. Or again when WatchOS 2 came out, but I waited for Series 2 and WatchOS 3 before sitting down to write my

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Alberto Manuel’s “BPM Blogs Worth Reading”

Alberto Manuel has once again published his BPM Blogs worth reading list.  But I’ll be honest, this list is more of a business transformation or Digital Transformation list of blogs.  And that’s why it is such an intriguing list.BPM is

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Reasons for BPMN in your Business Analyst toolbox

BPM tips has a nice post with the opinions of several BPM and requirements experts covering the when and the how of using BPMN when collecting business requirements. In particular there are good comments from Joy Beatty of Seilevel, Jakob Freund

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Data, Machine Learning, and Austin B-Cycle

Tim Gasser has written a series of posts analyzing Austin’s B-Cycle data. It’s a fascinating study of a topic of interest to Austinites: the B-Cycles; and a great set of examples for how to apply data science and machine learning

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The Curse of the As-Is Process

It’s a sincere question.  And recently this question was posed on BPM.com as well.Reasons to skip the as-is process:“Even if you try to model it, it won’t be accurate“.  If the company doesn’t already know what their process is and

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Ringing in the New Year with Startup City Rankings

Catching up on some of the articles I saved from December over the weekend, I came across this one from American Genius: Austin knocks San Fran out of the top spot for best startup hub.We’re number one! We’re number one!

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Another Great Year with BP3

2016 was good to BP3, and I have a lot to be thankful for as a result. BPM software and BPM engines are becoming increasingly ubiquitous and foundational to the IT landscape.  As I look forward, the future for BP3

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2016: Year in Review

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Jason Cohen: Look at what we did

I love Jason Cohen’s blog.  To start the new year, he does not disappoint with this blog post.“You must be so proud of what you created” — the reflexive conclusion delivered by visitors to our building at WP Engine, struck

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Creative Space to fit the Culture for an Austin Home Grown Startup

Our sincere congratulations to our neighbors, Red Velvet Events, who have recently acquired a standalone retail building which will be remodeled and by the end of 2017 will be their new headquarters!  I think the design for the space is

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Business Value from BPM: a Rare Public Case Study

Our colleagues over at Carlsberg Denmark have published a paper on their business value realization leveraging BPM. There are some key highlights even in the summary:“While the acquired BPM setup and capacity is very limited, with expertise from around the

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A Great Example of Passing the Torch

[Occasionally I write about local Austin startups out of a mixture of community, curiosity, and connection to our world of process – this is one of those moments.]Recently Matt Chasen announced that he’s leaving uShip to start his next adventure,

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Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

Merry Christmas to our team members, customers, and partners!  Hope everyone has the opportunity to take a little break from making the world safer for better business processes, and to spend a little more time with their favorite (Apple) devices(!)

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The BPM Engine is Commoditized

I remember when the battles were fought over whether BPEL-driven engines would win over BPMN engines, debates largely settled by the time I started blogging.  In the early days of BPMN, how you implemented the language – or whether you

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Can you have a Quiet Billion Dollar Business in Watches?

If you’re Apple, you can:Sales of the Apple Watch to consumers set a record during the first week of holiday shopping, and the current quarter is on track to be the best ever for the product, Apple Inc (AAPL.O) Chief

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More on the Latest Forrester Wave™: BPM Service Providers

You might have read our posts about The Forrester Wave™: BPM Services Providers, Q4 2016, because we were pretty happy with how we were represented in this research. But set aside the Wave for a minute and let’s look at

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A Win for BP3, but a Bigger Win for our Customers

Well. The Forrester Wave™:  BPM Service Providers, Q4 2016 has been published, analyzing 21 criteria to produce the scoring and results. It is the most comprehensive coverage of BPM service providers in a single report that we’ve seen to-date.And it

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For Release: BP3 Named Leader in BPM Service Providers by Independent Research Firm

Editors Note: This is a copy of BP3’s press release. You can download the full report here. Austin, Texas – November 30, 2016 – BP3 Global (www.bp-3.com), a global provider of business process and decision management software and services, has been

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The intersection of Lean Startup and Design Thinking

Stanford’s Graduate School of Business publication ran a great article about leveraging both Design Thinking and Lean Startup.  And who better to opine on this than the university that partially gave rise or impetus to both. In the world of entrepreneurial

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Collaboration in Documents

Matt Richman posted some interesting statistics on his blog, namely:When students write papers by themselves, only 12 percent use Google Docs. But when students write papers in groups — when they collaborate — 78 percent use Google Docs. On the

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Happy Thanksgiving 2016!

We have a lot to be thankful for this year, as the Thanksgiving Holiday arrives. On Monday we had a great potluck with our team at the office.  Yesterday our team joined HEB in packing 14,000 meals for the Feast

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Stanford: Incubator with Dorms?

Steve Blank recently asserted that Stanford is basically “an incubator with dorms“.  That sounded a bit contentious until I read the article.  He’s right.There are 145 entrepreneurship courses offered at Stanford today.  That’s unbelievable. There might not have been any

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Thoughts on 10x Growth

Jason Cohen, founder of WP Engine, has a brilliant take on the age old question of startups “How do we 10x?”.  As he says, “a great question when a startup is young. Does it always remain the right question?”He takes

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The Best Tacos in Austin?

Another article on the home of tacos, Austin, TX.To hear Austinites tell it, they damn near invented the taco. They’re certainly not above declaring war over one, which Mayor Adler did, even creating an Austin Taco Day (Sept 24th).No, sir,

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The Austin American-Statesman Weighs in on the Best Places to Work in Austin

We’ve heard from Fortune and the ABJ, and now the Austin American-Statesman weighs in as part of their Sunday edition.  The methodology and approach to evaluating may be different but the results are consistent:  BP3 is rated the top small

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Human Capital

I’m a big believer in human capital.  I always have been.  And that value system was reinforced by my time at Stanford and in my first two jobs after college.  At BP3, we’ve built a business based on people. And

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Austin Tech and Politics: Go Vote!

The Statesman recently covered Austin’s tech community and our involvement in politics. The tech industry — which employs more than 100,000 people in Central Texas — is becoming more politically organized as a response to recent votes by the Austin City

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Last Week

Last week BP3 attended 3 events in 3 countries to meet with customers, prospects, and partners.  And of course our team was visiting a multitude of customers and prospects as well.There are moments in your company’s life when you realize

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Austin and Formula 1

Few were more surprised than I was that Formula 1 came to Austin a few years ago.  It just seemed like a pipe dream in the days before – unlikely to really come to fruition.F1 in Austin had a rough

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The ABJ Fast 50 2016: BP3 is in the Top Ten

For the sixth year in a row, BP3 is in the Austin Fast 50 list, published by the Austin Business Journal. This year we returned to the top 10 in the “Over $10M” category – a great achievement for a

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IBM: Macs cost less than PCs

Just in time for new Macs to be announced on the 27th… It’s always a pleasure to see two favorite topics combine: Apple and IBM!  IBM has again confirmed what many of us who use Macs already knew – Macs

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The Feedback Loop

At BP3 one of the core tenets of our approach to developing our team is to provide feedback – early and often – operating under the theory that a short feedback loop is much more useful than getting feedback more

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Coverage of the IBM #ProcessTransformation Event

This week the attention may be turned to World of Watson, but last week it was all about Digital Transformation and BPM: Process Transformation. James Taylor took a turn at blogging the Process Transformation event last week – an intimate

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Process Transformation

IBM hosted a Process Transformation event this week, bringing together top customers, partners, and IBM executives and product leaders into one space to talk about what’s happening and what’s next. The event featured keynote talks from Neil Ward-Dutton of MWD Advisors,

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A Great Place to Work

BP3 has been a great place to work for me since 2007.  And what makes it a great place to work for me?  The fantastic team I get to work with every day.As we’ve grown, one of the great joys

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FOR RELEASE: BP3 – A TOP TEN BEST PLACE TO WORK!

Austin, Texas — BP3 Global (http://www.bp-3.com), a global provider of business process and decision management software and services has been named eighth in Fortune’s “2016 Best Small Workplaces” list.Fortune revealed its full list of Best Small & Medium Companies at

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Investing: a Story of Culture and Values

We’re new to the idea of having investors in BP3, and still adjusting.  So far it has been a great process.  One of the milestones was attending our investors’ limited partner gathering, to which they invite their limited partners (effectively

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SXSW Futures

I hope it isn’t too early to think about this, but Hugh Forrest has recently published his expectations for SXSW 2017.  It’s an interesting read, and I think in a brief moment, it explains the appeal and the evolution of

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Austin Culture: Export of the Future?

With the advent of South by South Lawn (SXSL) last week, followed by the Great Places to Work conference coming to Austin this week, the topic of Austin exporting its culture comes to mind. To my thinking, Austin has become

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14 Austin Startups to Watch

Nice post here on Techspace: 14 Austin Startups to Watch in 2017.  I sure hope they’re right, as we’re on the list!“BP3Business process management company BP3 uses data and insights derived to help companies innovate their business process. From helping

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The Five Most Important Considerations for Application Development Monitoring

Our very own David Rosen wrote a nice post over on the IBM Middleware User Community forum on the subject of Application Development Monitoring: A follower of the martial art Tang Soo Do cannot earn a black belt. The highest

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Outside the Valley

A few fascinating articles have been published recently about software developers and software talent.  Quartz weighs in recently with the discovery that 90% of software developers work outside of Silicon Valley.It isn’t just that the jobs are spread out… there

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Let’s Talk Espresso

Austin is home to some fantastic coffee shops (and roasters).  The Austinot published a story over the summer relating interviews with four top baristas in Austin.  I’ve been to two of the four coffee shops depicted – Houndstooth and Epoch

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