Archive for July, 2009

Just Getting Started with BPM? Best Practices?

The folks over at ebizQ have started up a discussion on Best Practices when getting started with BPM. A couple of good responses from other folks so far, each one reflecting a bit about that person’s background or interpretation of

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Financial Results in BPM

Looks like BPM companies are starting to crow about their growth and reveue prospects.  Savvion announced that it won every competitive deal they were in, Appian announced the best first half in their history, and Pega announced 1Q earnings of

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Is Process Everybody's Product?

Phil Gilbert writes provocatively, as usual, in When Process is Your Product.  Fresh from a trip to India to meet with some of the world’s top outsourcers/offshorers, Phil asserts that these are the new strategic partners to the Fortune 500

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Another Swipe at BPEL

Max J Pucher writes a pretty thorough rebuttal of the idea that BPEL matters.  He starts by pointing out that the defenders of BPEL often malign those who question BPEL’s utility.  Mr. Pucher has quite a few controversial posts and

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Stack Vendors vs. Pure Plays Round III, Continued…

Dennis Byron has picked up the torch for the stack vendors again in his latest missive on eBizQ. First we start with the fear (some call this FUD for Fear, Uncertainty, Doubt): But for business process management (BPM) decisions in

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Skills for Today and Tomorrow: Search

Alex Schleber has a great post on why learning to Search is so important in the 21st Century.  He makes some great points in support of his argument that you need to be an expert in search to be more

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Stack Vendors vs. Pure Plays, Round III

A quick recap of the stack vendor vs. pure play debate: Round I occurred primarily on the ebizQ BPM In Action blog moderated by Dennis Byron, in the following posts: Appian/Why Not BPM? Pure Play vs. Stack Vendor Do Stack

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Software AG hitches up with IDS Scheer

Well, this was a surprise for me this week – the news that Software AG (SAG) is buying IDS Scheer.  Clearly there are complementary businesses from the perspective of what they’re tackling (SAG being integration centric, IDS Scheer being very

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Time Boxing – Yes You Can

Jim Sinur wonders allowed whether you can Time Box BPM efforts effectively… and concludes that in some cases you can, in some cases you can’t.  In favor of the “yes” argument: Benefits flow early and the project sponsors look like

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Lombardi Blueprint Embraces XPDL

I’ve been a skeptic of XPDL as the pre-eminent format for BPMN-drawn Models, but I’ve also been encouraged by Keith Swenson’s efforts to prove that it could be the de facto standard for BPMN model exchanging. But it looks like

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Breaking Down the Version 2 Barrier

In a recent post, the Case Against Window Dressing, I pointed out that a process can be deployed with nearly all the integrations scheduled for version 2, and that window dressing should be kept out of the project in the

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Recommended Reading: Thoughtful Programmer

John Reynolds’ has a good post over on his blog on Programming Language Sociology and he draws connections between his work in the C++, Java, and BPMS communities. I have slightly different biases… My early experiences with C++ were using

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Case Management Buzz

Lately there’s been a bit of a buzz about CRM.  Not sure what caused it, but here are three thoughtful articles on the subject: Derek Miers’ post on Case Management revival Bruce Silver’s commentary regarding a new OMG spec RFP

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The Process Wiki

Having just referenced Connie Moore’s thoughts on collaborative BPM, it seems a propos to then turn our attention to “the process wiki” – which I learned about through Keith Swenson’s blog post (“Rise of the Process Wiki”) on the subject

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Connie Moore Weighs in on Collaborative BPM

Connie Moore’s (of Forrester) recent posting on collaboration and BPM got my attention primarily for the following quote: But I’ve been a voice crying in the wilderness. I’m not kidding.  Whenever I would talk about collaboration with BPM vendors, they

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Appian for Sharepoint

Appian has just recently announced updated Sharepoint support on their website.  Support for wikis, and other bottom-up IT technology like Sharepoint, is likely to gain relevance in BPM deployments, in my opinion.  ActionBase takes one approach – allowing more adhoc

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