Archive for June, 2010

BPMN 2 Recent Links

Surprised to run across this post the other day on the BlueWorks blog.  Not sure exactly what prompted the timing of it, but it is a good introduction to BPMN and why it exists. Meanwhile, Tom Baeyens has his first

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Familiarity and Simplicity

Recently at IBM Impact I said that “process data wants to be free” – available in more places, more accessible to users and managers, and more sensible in form and structure. Jacob Ukelson makes the case (paraphrasing) that process just

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Alfresco/Activity Contributing to BPMN 2 Effort

Tom Baeyens writes: We’re very committed to BPMN 2.0. In fact, we’re aiming to build the #1 BPMN 2.0 process engine and deliver the full BPM Suite components, all available as open source. Glad to hear it – I’m sure

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Bruce Silver's Pega Update

Bruce Silver gets the scoop on most product updates in the BPM space, and this time is no different.  He received an update from Pega, and his writeup gives a little bit of market positioning and background, followed by a

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Why Don't They Use BPM?

Andrew Smith has a great post on the 5 reasons that organizations of 200-300 people fail to implement BPM. Of course there are many reasons, but these are pretty good.  The biggest reason that I’ve seen: budget.  It isn’t that

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A Short Hiatus, and Some iPhone 4 Thoughts

We had a brief hiatus while I was out for a few much-needed vacation days.  At my highschool reunion this past weekend, I took note of the phones in evidence – almost every one I saw was a blackberry or

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Open vs. Closed

Interesting article and followup discussion on the nature of Open vs. Closed, by Chris Dixon.  It would be interesting thought experiment to characterize BPM in a similar fashion into dimensions and open/closed plotted against product offerings.  You could imagine this

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Reframing BPM Automation

Neil, always a thoughtful writer in our little corner of the world where business meets technology, has another note out about BPM and Process Automation not being a binary choice.  I couldn’t agree more.  So many times we are presented

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Why Rules are More Complicated than they Appear

Paul Vincent writes a note explaining the virtues of a new customizable conflict resolution for inference rules: Whenever I meet production-rule fan (and now co-chair of OMG Production Rule Representation) James Owen, he always asks me “so what exactly is

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Bruce Silver: Just Enough BPMN

Bruce Silver writes about the “right amount” of BPMN for the business: In a way, we’re still back to the question Michael and I were wrestling with a couple years ago.  Do you want to limit the BPMN palette to

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Don't Learn the Wrong Lesson from Zappos

Inc. has a fantastic article adapted from Tony Hsieh’s upcoming book, it is a riveting read, to me. Tony and his CFO championed a culture as the key means of differentiation in the difficult online shoe and apparel retailer segment. 

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Adam Deane Declares War (humor alert)

Adam Deane declares war against ECM in a humorous post titled “BPM and ECM – The War Begins”. Despite the humorous tone of the post, it is still worth reading if you get down to some of the nuts and

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Apple's Continuous Improvement Process Rolls On

Apple’s iPhone 4 continues a trend they clearly established with the iPod line, and are continuing with the iPhone line:  yearly, substantial, incremental improvements in the device and platform. We’ve previously commented on both the process and the efficiency of

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Wage Growth in China? Or Just at Foxconn?

Business Insider reports on wage increases at Foxconn: WSJ reports that according to a company announcement, minimum wage workers may see a more than doubling of wages, while others will see at least a 30% hike — previously the company

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7 Deadly Sins

Ok not really.  But they are 7 Process Statements to watch out for.  Great post from process2go. My favorite? “But we documented all of our processes last year”.  Why do we like lists in blog posts? I don’t know but

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Less Controversial BPM vs. Case Management Comparison?

Imagine my surprise to see a pretty reasonable comparison of BPM and Case Management, that doesn’t attempt to belittle either approach, nor pigeon-hole either approach, and yet captures an interesting distinction (from David Yockelson of IBM): Business process management focuses

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Good Argument for Apple Opening Up

Jason Snell of Macworld writes: I don’t think the company needs to stop controlling what apps get in the App Store. All Apple needs to do is add a new feature, buried several menu items down in the Settings app,

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Automation vs. Outsourcing

(Thanks to Sandy Kemsley for this link.) Ann All writes that companies are increasingly opting for automation over outsourcing: Is process automation the new offshoring? I made that case several months back, noting that companies may increasingly opt for automation

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Walled Garden or Garden with a View?

Much has been made, recently, of Apple’s “Walled Garden” – a term borrowed from AOL’s days of providing a restricted internet experience. And many authors go on to describe Apple as being “un-web-like” or providing a walled garden – exactly

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Sandy Reviews Pega's "SmartBPM V6"

Sandy Kemsley reviews Pega’s SmartBPM V6 in her Column 2 blog recently: I had a remote product demo of SmartBPM prior to PegaWORLD, then a briefing from Kerim Akgonul at the conference. A lot of the changes to the product

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Job Hoppers and Startups

Mark Suster (@msuster) makes a (somewhat) controversial argument that one should not hire job-hoppers.  Apparently what makes it controversial is the judgmental tone of the email, and the black-and-white nature of the initial statement.  The title of his piece? “Never

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