Archive for May, 2010

Innovation in BPM is Alive and Well

Well, it wasn’t that long ago when the pure play BPM acquisitions had us all wondering what would happen to the pace of innovation in our corner of the world where business meets IT on a daily basis. But besides

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Anatoly on Design Patterns vs. Templates

Anatoly has an excellent post attempting to explain the difference between Design Patterns and Templates: Debuts are templates: learn them and use them, chessbooks plot the game 20 moves ahead from the initial position. Typical combinations of the middle game

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Keith Swenson Makes the Case

Keith Swenson makes the case for simpler run-time editing of a process in the comments on one of his blog posts.  This might even be a small insight into where his conversion to the Case Management fold comes from: “The

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Case Management Redux

Redux Online’s guest blogger Ashish Bhagwat reposted styles of process, distinguished by their attributes… including: Case Management.  Was it posted by Gartner sometime in the last couple months, given all the debate on Case Management?  Nope.  It was posted in

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Don't Take My Word for it: Jakob Freund says BPMN Works!

Jakob Freund of Camunda debunks the notion that BPMN doesn’t work, after detailing a good story about deploying a BPM project with a German manufacturer: So why do I tell you all this, apart from soliciting our stuff  . It’s

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"Go Fish" for BPM Definitions

Keith Swenson plays “Go Fish” with BPM Definitions: This was not a scientific study — just a couple of hours of google searches to try and get a feeling for the deviant definitions.  The collection above is not representative —

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Apple's Incredible Efficiency

This post on the Silicon Alley Insider really impressed me: Turns out, Apple’s run of incredible products (and growth) has been achieved with a staggeringly low R&D spend. How low? Apple only spent $4.6 billion on R&D over the past

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“Simplifying” a Complex World

I read a lot of BPM coverage and commentary.  I also read a lot of software industry news and startup news, and Apple-related commentary, because of my personal interests and because of cross-pollination.  Sometimes a theme will emerge that cuts

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A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Process Improvement

A conversation with a friend went something like this: Friend: When are your HR folks going to act on “Descriptions will be added soon” Me:  Oh, actually, I think *I’m* the HR person that needs to update the descriptions. Friend:

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Alfresco's Business Case for Activiti

A couple of posts from Alfresco personnel about the launch of Activiti hit the wires over the last day or two. First, John Newton explains why Alfresco was interested in getting involved in the Activiti project: Activiti emerged from our

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Max J Pucher on "The Knowledge Between Your Ears" and Some Thoughts about BPM

Max often writes provocatively, and this one is no exception. I think if one reads his work and takes the big ideas without getting hung up on a few of the specifics that might cause debate, there’s a lot to

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Mark Little on jBPM 4 Support

With all the hubbub about Activity, I have to admit I found Mark Little’s post about jBPM underwhelming.  After four rambling paragraphs about the historical ties between jBPM and the rest of jBoss (much like the pre-amble you hear right

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Bruce Silver takes me to task (and IBM too)

Well, I gave Bruce a hard time in our blog recently, and of course I should expect that if I do that, a fellow blogger and BPM guru like Bruce will return the favor! Bruce writes an excellent follow-up piece

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White Space & The Dark Matter of BPM Delivery

Most have heard the term “white space” as it refers to business processes. In short, white space are all the things which happen outside the standard process; workarounds effectively. Most of this is un-captured “hidden” work that impacts the overall

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Additional Reactions to Activiti

Well, its only the second day since the Activiti news hit the wire and we have quite a few reactions.  Kudos to Theo Priestley for an unconventional take: But there’s something else brewing under the surface. Whilst I could have

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Will Open Source Software Meet the Challenge? Activiti Enters the Ring

When I worked for a BPM software vendor, I often told people that I wasn’t too worried about open source software because BPM is a different animal than many other software categories-  user experience is critical;  the problem-space is wide,

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#IBMImpact themes: Consumability and Consolidation

I was fortunate to finally meet Neil Ward-Dutton in person at IBM Impact this year.  We attended different sessions for the most part, so our one meeting was just for a few minutes by the escalators.  And I’ve often found

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#IBMImpact: What we Learned at bpmCamp

I’ve been a little remiss in reporting in on my own session at IBM Impact.  As part of Lombardi Day, I gave a short presentation on the unconference we put together, in collaboration with Stanford University, in January. I’m embedding

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Tibco's ActiveMatrix BPM Announcement

Neil Ward-Dutton of MWD Advisors has written up Tibco’s ActiveMatrix BPM Announcement: Now of course the next challenge is the execution challenge. Can TIBCO’s field personnel explain and sell ActiveMatrix BPM effectively? Although the company’s European salesforce has always had

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Appian's Technical Case for Case Management

I’d been looking forward to hearing what Appian would say about their “Technical Case for Case Management”.  Part 1 was just a teaser, and Part 2 promised to get into more details. But when I read part 2, I could

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Whither Social BPM?

Keith Swenson weighs in on Social and BPM: Similarly, proper use of social software will be about individuals producing, publishing and running their own processes. Not collaboration on the design phase, but designing individually, and collaborating with a completed process. 

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BPM and Complexity

Mike Gammage on reducing individual complexity in an institutionally complex organization: Framed in this way, BPM is the key to reducing individual complexity – “making it easy to get things done” – whatever the level of institutional complexity. Which is

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Bruce Silver: Not Much BPM at #IBMImpact?

I think Bruce and I attended different conferences last week.  Actually, we kind of did (I think Derek Miers and I both attended the same conference, on the other hand).  I went to “Lombardi Driven @ Impact” – a day

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Airline Mergers Don't Use BPM?!?!

(As an aside, this article from Keith is a good read, but I disagree with his conclusions) Keith Swenson on Airline Mergers not using BPM, making the case for ACM: Usually when I talk to BPM experts, they say something

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Was IBM's Impact a Seminal Moment for BPM?

Derek Miers made the 6000 mile trip to Las Vegas to attend IBM Impact.  One could have forgiven him if jet lag dampened his enthusiasm for the material, but far from it.  I’ve been following Derek’s writing ever since Lance

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ACM Questions and Answers

Frank Michael Kraft has a good writeup of ACM questions and answers, that speaks well to people familiar with BPM : Q: What is a specific example of the kind of knowledge work that might be supported? A specific example

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#IBMImpact: Erik Keller, Sirva, and the Process-Driven Organization

I came just a couple minutes late to this session, Tuesday morning.  When I opened the door, a packed house greeted me – not a chair to be seen.  I joined a row of people standing along the back row,

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#IBMImpact: IBM’s Vision for the Future of Lombardi (and BPM)

Rod Favaron (formerly CEO of Lombardi), Phil Gilbert (formerly President and CTO of Lombardi), Craig Hayman (General Manager for Websphere), and Joan Shaiman (Integration Manager for the Lombardi acquisition) took the stage to take questions from the audience.  This was

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#IBMImpact: Introducing Complementary IBM products to Lombardi customers

This was a good session primarily to explain how WPS and iLog can integrate with and work well with Websphere Lombardi Edition.  Marc Smith showed how we could replace the typical Lombardi rules service with a call out to an

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Too Predictable?

The Process Ninja says: Whilst the standardisation of process is important, making processes too rigid impacts negatively upon the customer experience…and we are forced to deal with robots. The way to improve upon this is to embrace “freedom within boundaries”

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#IBMImpact: Toby Cappello on Expanding your Lombardi BPM COE

Toby Cappello ran through slides very quickly in his presentation, as he had a short time slot to cover a big topic.  The room stayed crowded for this talk though a few people trickled out, and people in the hall

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#IBMImpact: Rod Favaron: Introducing Lombardi Day

I hustled from the main session to find some coffee and get down to the Lombardi Day sessions at Impact.  First process breakdown: Coffee ran out in about 5 minutes on the main floor.  Rescued by coffee down on the

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#IBMImpact: Damion Heredia and the Lombardi Product Roadmap

Damion Heredia, formerly VP of Product at Lombardi, now at IBM, explained the objectives for Websphere Lombardi Edition and for IBM BPM Blueprint. Like all the Lombardi Day sessions, the room was packed tight and needed a little more air

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It isn't Black and White, Can or Can't

Jacob Ukelson is once again pushing email and documents as the way process should happen when it is “design by doing”: The only way “design by doing” can work is if you observe knowlwedge work in its natural setting. That

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Move Along People, There's Nothing to See Here

One of the more entertaining comments in the whole BPM, “you’re not my father” (Star Wars reference, sorry folks) debate: Using an object model and letting actors express processes in terms of assembling (and continuously changing) those objects in the

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Musings from IBM Impact Keynote

No doubt others will cover the IBM Impact keynote better and more completely than I will.  I’ll just say a few things that really jumped out at me: Wow the music was loud.  And I never figured an IBM conference

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Impact: Driving Growth and Delivering Value Leveraging IBM's Partner Resources

(Editors note: After a whirlwind 3 days, without a wireless connection for the entire event, I’m just now catching up on writing about the sessions I attended) The second session I attended was a session by Shaun Jones and Mike

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Impact is Under Weigh

So I’m here at IBM Impact, a little early for “Business Partner Day”.  The customers aren’t here yet, for the most part, just business partners.  This is a good soft-launch for the conference, in a sense, and helps partners get

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Blueprint Kicks off #ibmimpact with a New Release

A tweet from Phil Gilbert hints that this may not be the only innovation surprise from the Lombardi team at IBM’s Impact conference this week, but for now we’ll have to settle for a teaser: an update to Blueprint, just

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Is a Good Economy Bad for BPM?

Theo Priestley wonders if an upbeat economy will be bad for BPM: I had an interesting conversation with Ian Gotts of Nimbus Partners this week that raised a thorny question. In a downbeat economy the focus is to drive out

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