Archive for October, 2010

Bruce Silver's Review of IBM Websphere Dynamic Process Edition

Bruce Silver’s blog billed this review as a way to determine which IBM product to use, but really it is a very in-depth review of the Dynamic Edition product offering.  Still, well worth reading if you’re an IBM shop or

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More on Jobs in Texas

Seems like just yesterday I was writing about the jobs outlook in Texas (and in Austin in particular).  And just a couple days later there was an editorial in the WSJ about the jobs picture in Texas vs. California: The

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Taking Care of the Team

On Business Insider a few weeks ago: Soaring healthcare costs are causing Microsoft to scale back its generous employee healthcare program. The company told its employees today that they would have to start paying for some of their healthcare benefits

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BPTrends on BPM Standardization

Good article on BPTrends regarding BPM standardization, and what motivates it: Anyone involved in any aspect of a process change effort understands the need for a consistent use of basic terms to describe process work. Traditions like Lean, Six Sigma,

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Sandy Kemsley Covers IBM's Case Manager product

Sandy Kemsley covers IBM’s Case Manager product: The end-user experience for Case Manager is in the IBM Mashup Center, a mashup/widget environment that allows the inclusion of both IBM’s widgets and any other that support the iWidget standard and expose

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Jobs Jobs Jobs

Austin continues to lead the pack in Job creation among larger cities: The Austin area continued to add jobs last month mostly in education as the school year began with a 2.3 percent growth rate compared with the same time

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Keith Swenson, Software Architect

Great blog from Keith on his Q&A on being a Software Architect.  In particular I liked his answers to the last two questions, but I’ll just quote the second-to-last: 3. What advice can you share with others in or entering

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The Experience versus the Expert, Part I

There’s an ongoing debate between “open” and “closed”.  Chris Dixon has written what I consider the most thoughtful blog on the subject, as it relates to phones and desktop PCs, which I referenced here. This argument seems to come up

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Should we Blame BPM for a Jobless Recovery?

Max J. Pucher always writes interesting copy on his blog.  And one of his latest, on BPM and the Jobless Recovery, is no exception: Well, I propose that it is the efficiency and cost-cutting mindset also employed in BPMS justifications

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More Coverage of Blueworks Live

MWD Advisors’ Neil Ward-Dutton has published a quick article on Blueworks Live: The first represents a significant departure for IBM: Blueworks Live is now not only a platform for process discovery and modelling – it’s a platform for process automation

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A Personal Branding Process

I saw this blog post the other day, regarding a friend of mine in Austin, who has built up a career as a sought-after speaker at networking events: Here’s what Thom is doing that is crazy brilliant – he’s establishing

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Bruce Silver's Method and Style

Bruce Silver is the gold standard for BPMN modeling training.  He also often gets the last word on subjects relating to BPMN: All of the recent to-do from Jim Sinur and others about how business people don’t want to be

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"Strategy is not a To-Do List"

Steve Blank’s excellent blog includes this post: Strategy is Not a To Do List, It Drives a To Do List It took me awhile, but I began to realize that the strategic part of my job was two-fold. First, (in

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Process for the People

What is Social? There’s been much discussion of late on “Social BPM“.  In particular, when should the magic “social” stuff happen – at design-time, or at run-time, of a process?  There has also been a significant overlap with discussion around

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Stupid Stuff Happens

Great post from Craig Reid (aka Process Ninja) on why Continuous Improvement is needed: If anyone is in doubt as to why improvement has to be continuous, the simple explanation is that stupid stuff happens all the time: mistakes are

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Profitshare and Marketshare

There’s a real interesting battle for mobile phone supremacy or “smartphone” supremacy right now. As the NYT notes, In the six months ending August 10, Android phones accounted for 32 percent of the smartphones sold, Nielsen said. By comparison, iPhones

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Shortage of Skills Continues in Software, Business, BPM Means Opportunity

From Silicon Alley Insider, on hiring decent engineers: Unemployment in the United States is still at a brutal 9.6%, but for software engineers the job market couldn’t look much better. Everyone in tech knows that there is a serious engineering

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Jacob's Twelve Step Program

I didn’t actually see twelve steps in this post, but I really like the framing of the discussion.  And most of it I agree with: Don’t try to structure every process. Most of the world’s business processes are currently unstructured

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On Cost-Cutting, and Confusing Inputs and Outputs

Donna Fitzgerald of Gartner has a very thoughtful post regarding whether our businesses might have cut too far in this latest economic downturn in a post entitled “Cutting to the Bone and then Some”  I think she makes a few

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