Archive for October, 2009

Appian Forum Updates from Sandy

If you can’t make it to a BPM conference, Sandy gives you your best bet to keep tabs on it from afar.  According to her posts, nearly 300 attendees (customers, partners, analysts) attended, proving a point I made in a

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Lombardi Updates #Blueprint – October '09

Lombardi’s October 2009 Blueprint Update was just announced.  Seemingly minor changes, but with interesting implications… I would list them in reverse of the order Lombardi has listed them in their announcement: First, increased notification options to keep you abreast of

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Was it just me or did everyone have an iPhone?

Five years ago I attended my college reunion at Stanford and I was surprised by how many of my peers were using Palm Treo phones.  At the time, the Palm Treo dominated the smartphone market in the US, but very

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More on Building the Team

Every once in a while you see a blog post or article that really rings true, as this one did, by Trent Hamm. The thesis of the article is that more money is not more happiness for your employees.  And

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An Emerging Meme on American Business Gone Awry

I was struck by a series of articles I’ve read recently regarding Outsourcing and how it is really hurting American businesses.  Robert Hayes raises the specter of the US possibly killing its Innovation Machine, and compares outsourcing of High Tech

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Superman

As previously noted in this blog (see Putting the Band Back Together), we’re believers in hiring Heroes.  Meaning, you find and hire people that can, to large extent, “do it all”.  We want to be the tip of the spear,

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Forrester Says Gen Y isn't Different at Work

Ok.  Forrester didn’t really say that.  But in Ted Schadler’s article “The State of US Workforce Technology Adoption“, point #4 says practically that: Gen Y employees are getting squashed at work.These younger workers behave very differently from others outside of

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#BPM vs. SOA

In a breakout session at Lombardi’s Driven 2006, I was paired with a gentleman from BearingPoint to discuss BPM vs. SOA in our session.  My central thesis at the time was that the value-proposition of SOA was primarily directed at

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BPM2010 will be in the US #BPM

Welcome news: the academic-oriented BPM2010 will be in the US, according to BPM Research. We haven’t attended in previous years because it has never been in the US, and getting enough time out to go to Europe to attend hasn’t

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Getting your #BPM Culture Kick-Started

I read this post when it first went across my reader, and I went back and read it again today.  Derek Miers once again proves his nuanced mastery of BPM, and I just have to recall attention to the posting. 

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No More Excuses, #BPM Practitioners

I really enjoyed Mike Gualtieri’s post on Forrester’s blog: “Excuses, excuses: The Business Doesn’t Know What it Wants“.  The two big culprits: The business doesn’t know what it wants. The requirements keep changing. But my favorite advice he gave to IT

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And One (Process) Ring to Rule them All

Mr. Uwe Roedinger makes the argument on Aris’ BPM Blog that you have to decide which “middleware infrastructure will be the ruling one.” Essentially Mr. Roedinger makes a few arguments that I take issue with: Characterizing a BPMS as “middleware”

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Oil and Water(fall) #BTF09 #BPM

One of the sessions at Forrester’s Business Technology Forum 2009 was a lunch session sponsored by Appian on the subject of Iterative or Agile development and BPM. Sandy Kemsley quotes Tom Higgins of Territory Insurance Office in Australia as saying

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Ismael Defines Cloud Computing for Business Users

Ismael has a pretty good summary of cloud computing from the “business point of view” – which is to say, it largely avoids making a sales pitch on technical grounds, and simply makes a pitch on business terms – Utility

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Forrester's Business Technology Forum Recap #BTF09

The BTF09 Event can be summarized in one word, literally:  LEAN. I have to hand it to Forrester, someone decided Lean was the message of the day, and they have delivered that message consistently.  You can find the feed on

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Keith Swenson on "Reification" of Process

Keith is consistently writing the clearest thoughts on the subject of “Process Reification” vs. “Model Preservation”. In this particular article on the subject, Keith focuses on a very common misconception in the BPM community (even by some well known names

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Tablet PC Buzz… or is it really Tablet Apple Buzz?

An article in the NY Times recently caught my attention because … well it was about Tablet PCs.  Interestingly, much of the coverage comments on the buzz behind Tablet PCs lately, without fully realizing that it really isn’t buzz about

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Managing the Complexity of #SaaS, #Cloud Applications

I recently wrote a guest article for Austin Startup that just went live today here, about Conformity, a startup in Austin attempting to solve a core process problem for enterprises using SaaS and Cloud applications – how to manage, govern,

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A New Endowed Chair at Stanford

Stanford and Google have joined up to create an endowed chair in honor of Dr. Rajeev Motwani, who passed away earlier this year.  As the number of Computer Science enrollments at Stanford have grown over the last few years (12

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Following Gartner's #BPM Conference #GartnerBPM

Unfortunately we at BP3 couldn’t attend Gartner’s conference in Orlando this fall – we’re all busy helping customers with their BPM initiatives this year and couldn’t break free for it.  No doubt there are many BPM practitioners in the same

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The Google #Wave Effect

I’ve received more than my share of emails about Google Wave today. Once again, Google’s “invite” magic is helping create buzz and interest in something that not everyone can get to (yet).  But like Gmail, I assure you that one

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Appian 6 Announced

Appian just announced the launch of Appian 6 (which will be released in a few weeks).  Among the benefits touted are a further refined design interface (aligned with the theme of process acceleration), which appears to offer better re-use of

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