Archive for January, 2011

Blueworks' January 2011 Update

True to their word, the folks at IBM are updating Blueworks Live rapidly.  The January release brings minor modifications that continue to polish the main ideas in Blueworks: Blueworks introduces the concept of a “Glossary” – allowing an admin to

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The Angelou Economic Forecast, 2011

Angelos Angelou is a legend in Austin.  He’s been giving the Angelou Economic Forecast for 25 years now, and it has become a real institution in Austin.  I believe over 700 people attended his forecast – occupying one of the

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Stanford Scholar-Athletes

The unofficial Stanford blog is making the case that “Our Athletes are Better than Your Athletes” – and when I started reading it I was rolling my eyes. But Stanford is my alma mater so I read the whole thing

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Another take on ACM: Feature or Paradigm

I missed this post from Keith Swenson the other day, as he responds to Anatoly’s post on ACM. Keith cuts to the chase: Anatoly Belychook asks the question: “is ACM a Paradigm or a Feature?” I could not resist responding

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Are You Ready for Sustainable BPM?

Forrester is running a survey that is about to close, that attempts to determine how many organizations are ready for sustainable BPM Change.  The preliminary conclusions are, unsurprisingly, that the majority of organizations are NOT ready for sustainable BPM Change:

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Congratulations to Demand Media, Austin

Demand Media (NASDAQ:DMD) isn’t based in Austin, but a few years ago it bought an Austin-based company, Pluck, and has maintained (and grown) its presence in Austin ever since.  By all accounts the IPO today exceeded expectations – both in

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Adding Ad-Hoc to BPM

Joram Barrez recently announced that the Activiti team has added the ability to define and run ad-hoc processes on Activiti.  The processes are directly deployable, so they’re first class citizens to Activiti.  This goes along with what I’ve said before,

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Business is only as Simple as it is.

Anatoly uses an example of a cross-functional process to show how one can dramatically oversimplify how an actual business works – and as a result, write a really “broken” process. The key insight he offers is this:  a BPM isn’t

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MWD on BPM in 2011

I’m a fan of MWD and their coverage of BPM and related topics.  They have a bit of edge to their analysis, and aren’t afraid to go out on a limb. So it was with great interest that I clicked

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Sandy Kemsley Reviews HandySoft

Sandy once again puts her product review hat on and takes on HandySoft: To be clear, WebMaker is not a tool for non-technical people: although a trained business analyst could probably get through the initial screen designs, there is far

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IT: More Consultation, Please

So, not the most stunning headline.. but Forrester predicts that IT will continue to deploy business process capabilities… Author Alexander Peters points out two formal processes IT will need to implement, in addition to COEs in the near future, to

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Process, Structure, and the Illusion of Hindsight vs. Foresight

The argument over what a process is continues.  As well, the argument over what is BPM and what is ACM.  Two articles recently on the subject.  First, Michael Poulin argues that all process is structured, and that ACM is not

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Another Year, Another Post on Millenials

If you read our blog regularly, you might have picked up on my displeasure, in general, with stereotypes based on generational differences – especially when people are asking you to make these stereotypes actionable. Recently a post on Forrester’s blog

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BPMN for Star Wars

Anatoly’s blog is one of my favorites, and his post on Star Wars only reinforces it. And yes, you can model just about anything:

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Interesting Body of Knowledge Discussion

Alberto Manuel argues against the idea of a process body of knowledge on his blog.  The basic themes seem to be: frustration with overly-complicated standards concern about standardizing a book of knowledge before the area is mature enough enforcement of

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BPMN Training, Bruce Silver Style

Bruce Silver has periodic updates on his training offerings, and when we pick up on them I’ll reference them here, because I think his courses offer a good opportunity for people to get a better sense of BPM. The latest

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Risks of ACM Failure in 2011?

Jacob’s post on what could cause ACM to fail in 2011 is interesting, especially in that it comes from an ACM proponent.  A couple of statements jumped out at me: Here is the catch – business folks don’t really understand

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More Evidence that Investing in the Experience is Paying off for Apple

First, this announcement from Verizon.  The 90million+ customers of Verizon now have access to the best smart phone on the market. Previously, there were a lot of pundits saying that Verizon wouldn’t “cave” to Apple’s terms.  According to Verizon, it

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Sign of the Times for jBPM

Just read the first (last) post from the planetjBPM blog: It has been over a year now since I posted here.  Any of you who have been following development of opensource bpm solutions and jBPM in particular might have a

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The "Just Google It" Process is Broken

There have been a lot of posts about Google’s “broken” search function lately.  Oh, if only I had a business as broken as Google’s!  But, quite seriously, there has been an erosion of the value proposition.  Not because the information

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Making the BPM List, Checking it Twice

In a quick flurry of list-updating, the Process Cafe (aka Gary Comerford) has published a new “BPM Blacklist” of BPM bloggers and twitterers that he considers most-worthy of following (the top 10, as he puts it): To qualify for the

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The Experience versus the Expert, Part II

In Part I, we explored the notion of open and closed, and what those words mean to customers and experts.  The basic argument: customers care about the “experience”.  Experts care about the nuts and bolts – and how fine-grained their

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A Year in Blogging: 2010

Looking back at our year in blogging, I thought some of the statistics were interesting to share, as they reflect what our readers are thinking about. First, which posts were most popular in 2010?  Reading the list, it is a

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