Archive for December, 2009

ProcessMaker blog: 3 Reasons IBM acquired Lombardi

Hint: it wasn’t about tech, or product overlap, or filling product gaps. Brian proposes that the acquisition is actually about market, channel, and the great unknown (the end game).  The market is big and growing fast, and the companies within

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Lombardi EOY Update

Lombardi just posted a thankyou to their customers on their blog. Kudos to Lombardi for a 10 year run in which they had an out-sized impact on a big, emerging market.  Best of luck to IBM and Lombardi moving forward.

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Process Trends from Keith Swenson

Keith put together a pretty interesting chart reflecting business process technologies over the last few decades, showing how they relate on a spectrum from predictable to unpredictable, as well as how firm the consensus about how to use the technology

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Christmas is a Wonderful Time to Think "Customer Service"

A recent entry from Joshua Baer, a local entrepreneur in Austin, TX, on the subject of turning complainers into champions, struck me as especially appropriate given the season.  We’re many of us experiencing how companies handle customer service issues right

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Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas from BP3 to our customers, partners, vendors and colleagues.  Hope everyone is having a wonderful holiday season!

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Its the People. And the Free Soda.

What a great post by Steve Blank, yet again, as he reveals a classic cautionary tale from start-up land (“The Elves Leave Middle Earth – Sodas Are No Longer Free”). It’s about the Sodas no longer being free.  Seriously.  Coke.

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Server Side Javascript

I’ve long been familiar with server-side Javascript because, while at Lombardi, we used Rhino’s javascript engine on the server for all kinds of server-side computing tasks. Why would we use server-side javascript?  Well, recently Read-Write Web has produced an article

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Is the Shakeup Continuing?

There’s been a lot of coverage of what it means for IBM to buy Lombardi.  Jaisundar proposed that this would upset the balance of power and cause more acquisitions… But perhaps the side effect he (and others) didn’t foresee was

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BPM Vendors: Too Broad?

Rashid Khan, formerly of Ultimus, asks the question:  is BPM the jack of all trades and master of none? It is certainly a fair question.  As he points out, BPM is broad, maybe overly broad.  And he also points out

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Apex and BP3 Co-Sponsoring Dinner after #bpmCamp

I’m pleased to announce that Apex Consulting and bp3 will be co-sponsoring a free dinner for attendees of bpmCamp 2010 @ Stanford on Thursday, January 28, 2010. We want to welcome anyone who can attend bpmCamp to also join us

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Lombardi Acquired by IBM

The news hit the wire this morning (early for me, as I’m sitting in San Francisco this morning).  I got a phone call at about 5:20am PST to give me the news (thanks, I think?!). The Lombardi press release touts

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Andrew Chen – Does Every Startup Need a Steve Jobs?

Andrew Chen asks this question in his blog.  Its a good read from several perspectives, but I’ll just pull out the couple of bits that people developing processes should be thinking over well and good (I like to read the

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Travel Update for #bpmCamp

Travel logistics have been updated, click here for details.  The short version:  we’ve secured a discount to the Stanford Guest House, which has the advantage of being on shuttle routes and being on campus… and being highly affordable.  But there

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Blueprint December 09 Update

Lombardi just released the December update, and it takes the previous enhancements a bit further: More analysis visualization work was done to make this more intuitive. Better printing options (print to PDF is actually even more useful than printing to

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jBPM supporting BPMN2

Pretty interesting update from Joram Barrez on jBPM – looks like it now supports BPMN2.0. (or, more accurately, it will come January 1st). Its a pretty interesting look under the hood of one of the top open-source solutions in the

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BPMN vs BPEL (again?!)

Its hard to keep this argument buried, as Bruce Silver demonstrates in yet another post on this subject, reacting to yet another response from the BPEL crowd.  I was going to respond directly in his post here, but for some

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Should we Incorporate “Process Debt” as a Concept in BPM?

I’ve been reconnecting with some concepts from the startup world, such as “technical debt” – well-defined in Wikipedia, but also better covered by this article, among others. Essentially, Technical Debt is the future cost you incur by taking short-cuts (knowingly

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Join the bpmCamp discussion

To join the bpmCamp discussion, just join the Google Group below. Membership in the Group also gives you full editing access to the bpmCamp wiki – where you can propose topics, volunteer to speak or lead a discussion, etc. Subscribe

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Why Does Microsoft Think We're Stupid?

Recently Microsoft took over the BART subway system in San Francisco with a bunch of Windows 7 advertisements.  So far so good. Who can blame them.  Visually the ads even look reasonably good. But when you READ the ads, they

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#bpmCamp Registration is Open

Registration for bpmCamp is now open. Please Register Here.  All registrations are subject to approval to make sure that we fill our limited space with Lombardi practitioners first.  If you’re a partner or employee of Lombardi, rather than a customer-practitioner,

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Jim Sinur's take on BPM in China

Jim Sinur has his usual pro vs. con argument with himself on the issue of BPM in China. The anti-BPM argument:  lots of cheap labor, 300k+ engineers turned out every year -so why invest in BPM when we can throw

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Takedown: Bruce Silver has had enough of the BPMN vs. BPEL Debate

And we couldn’t agree more. In this post, Bruce rips into a post from ActiveVOS which claims that BPMN->BPEL is simpler than using BPMN.  ActiveVos’ CTO Michael Rowley points out that because of BPMN’s focus on communicating between people (I

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Pricing and Early-Bird Announced for bpmCamp

We’re pleased to announce the pricing for bpmCamp will be $100 for early-bird registration, and $150 after that. Early Bird registration ($100) ends January 1, 2010. Regular Registration ($150) closes January 21, 2010. bpmCamp 2010 @ Stanford will get started

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Top 11 iPhone Apps for Business

The top 11 iPhone apps for Business (according to the business insider).  They actually have a pretty good list, but I’ll add my own thoughts since I’m traveling this week… Spots – for finding Wifi Hotspots.  Look, unless you live

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