Archive for March, 2011

iPad Deathwatch Quotes

Horace Dediu’s Asymco blog yet again strikes a chord with me, as he fairly well trashes the classic “iPad is DOA” quotes from last year.  Of course, even more amusing are the follow on wave of death watch quotes from

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Nice Nimbus Review

A little late to the party, as I had this stowed away in my InstaPaper account – but The Process Ninja (a.k.a. Craig Reid) gives a good review of the Nimbus product offering.  The money quote: So without writing a

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The Interview is the Tip of the Spear

Elliot Loh’s recent post “Management Begins at the Interview” (that link isn’t working, but this link takes you to the right page of his blog, it is the second post ) proposes that a co-founder be in every candidate’s interview

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How to Launch a $1B Product

The easiest way to launch a $1B product – in year 1 – is to first have a $9B product trending toward $23B, and then sell a must-have accessory alongside it: I’m estimating that at least 60% of iPad buyers

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New Blueworks Live Release Coming

On April 2nd, IBM is releasing another Blueworks Live update.  From the description on their blog, it sounds interesting, but we’ll be back on this space with a hands-on review once it is live.  From the blog, they’re introducing a

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Mark Suster on SXSWi and the Mind Meld

I was pretty surprised at how impressed Mark Suster was with SXSW-interactive.  I mean, I understand why it was such a great experience for me and many others in my shoes, but I admit to feeling that, surely for VCs

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MWD says the Big Guys are Getting it Together

Neil Ward-Dutton of MWD recently claimed that Capgemini is pulling it together for BPM. It is an interesting area to keep track of and MWD is one of the best at covering these issues (largely because they seem to be

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Lean Startup SXSW: Introduction

I need to write a post explaining why the Lean Startup has relevance to BPM, in a logical, specific way.  But before I do that, I want to get the raw impressions and data I’ve collected from watching sessions at

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SAP = BPM?

I recall not long ago -oh wait, two years ago (June 2009) –  poking fun at SAP’s BPM strategy: Your last point about the definition of BPM reminds me of a press release SAP did about 2 years ago about

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A Cautionary Note about Process for the People

John Reynolds, of IBM, writes: These experiences with “Departmental BPM” are what make Irene’s recollections of Notes’ Databases resonate so strongly with me.  The ability for a small team to develop and deploy a focussed solution is a very powerful

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Good SXSW Content Resources

Following SXSW-interactive, I found I had a collection of interesting bookmarks to resources from the conference.  I thought I’d share with everyone else who might (or might not) be interested : First, we have everything tagged with SXSW on Slideshare. 

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Best Practice for BPM UI Development: Iterative Deepening.

John Reynolds (of IBM and Lombardi fame) has posted tips for building a task-focused user-interface.  He does a great job of articulating the “iterative-playback” two-step that defines our approach to building out process UI (and process): With this in mind,

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The Difference Between the Apple Experience and the Android Experience

Great post from Marco Arment about a week ago, regarding the new Samsung products that are supposed to compete with the iPod Touch.  Just the beginning is telling: Apple should be scared of the upcoming competition: Samsung presented some of

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The 2×2 chart of BPM Niches

Jacob Ukelson’s post about extending Data Loss Prevention through ACM took time out to list out four areas of “process” work if you will: BPM (Business Process Management) – The focus is on structured data (forms) and structured flow. ECM

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Activiti's Approach to Unstructured

Very interesting post from Tom Baeyens on Activiti’s approach to ad-hoc processes and how that plays into their overall BPM strategy – as well as how it relates to BPMN2: The first step that we’re adding now to Activiti is

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Parting Thoughts on SXSW-interactive and Shark-Jumping

Is this Shark too big to Jump? Every year, attendees of SXSW ask if it has “jumped the shark” – usually a reference to out-of-control attendance, but also often used in reference to its growing appeal to “mainstream” audiences, sponsors,

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Process Cafe: The State of BPM

Gary Comerford of the Process Cafe has a 3-part series on the State of BPM.  It’s quite a good read so far, into part 2.  And there’s a bit that particularly relates to what Bruce Silver and I were writing

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SXSW Day 4. Randomness Meets Substance

Day 4 started off right, and got better from there.  Parking was quick, and coffee in hand I strolled into Ballroom D just as Craig Venter was starting to talk about synthetic life.  I whipped out my iPad2 and started

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SXSW Day 3. Running on Fumes

I was struggling Sunday morning, Day 3 of SXSW 2011.  I wasn’t the only one.  The universe had played a cruel joke on all of us and put US Daylight savings leap forward in the middle of SXSW-interactive.    Which of

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BPM Design Pattern: Buffering

Anatoly Belychook’s recent post on Cross Functional patterns is covers the idea of buffering when choreographing processes between different functional groups.  As he points out, the “cardinality” of different functional organizations may be different – where one part of the

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SXSW 2011 day 2. The Lean Startup Phenomenon

The Lean Startup is a phenomenon.  Day 2 proved it.  Day 2 was not a typical SXSW experience. Instead of scrambling all over downtown Austin to get to sessions, I stayed in one place all day at the lovely AT&T

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MWD on OpenText + Metastorm

I was surprised the OpenText acquisition of Metastorm didn’t garner a little more attention in the press.  It certainly got less airplay than the acquisitions of Lombardi and Savvion received last year.  Maybe it is just a sign of how

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ebizQ: Lean and BPM

ebizQ has a two part series on BPM and Lean – something we’ve written about in the past and our own Lance Gibbs is a proponent of: Lean is actually a process of experimentation, rapid iterative cycles of learning and

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SXSWi 2011. Day 1. BPM @ SXSW

Day 1 is over.  For me.  For many people at SXSW interactive, 11:30pm is just midway through the evening. But Day zero was interesting too.  We attended a tech happy hour on Thursday night.  Surprisingly, I ran into an ex-IBM

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Grey Lining on those Clouds?

Interesting post from Mike Gammage on the current “Cloud” mania overtaking IT: There’s a similar sense of mass delusion, and nowhere more than in the world of outsourcing. A.T. Kearney’s Arjun Sethi created a stir last year with The End

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SXSW is Upon Us

It starts tomorrow.  But the unofficial pre-parties and meetups have already started.  The map of the 10 “campuses” for SXSW-interactive 2011 is included in this post (linking to the original).  All but the AT&T Conference Center are walking distance from

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Small Companies are Picking it Up

We’ve commented before on the economy, and hiring, and jobs.  As a small business, these are topics very near and dear to our hearts.  I’ve been waiting for the optimism that we feel, and that I see in Austin, TX,

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The First BoK Kerfuffle in #BPM

Looks like the PKBoK and the ABPMP BoK may not play nice in the same sandbox.  PKI have their sights set on an open collaboration around a body of knowledge for BPM that is transparent and freely available, to advance

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The Nerdpocolypse Cometh (SXSWi)

That’s right.  SXSW-interactive is coming to Austin.  Soon.  This week, even. It all started innocently enough – a few “multimedia nerds” years ago.  And then the focus shifted to blogging, before blogging was cool.  And then… something happened last year.

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Business Architecture, Meet BPMN. BPMN, Meet Business Architecture

Architects are discovering BPMN, and Bruce Silver has explained how business architecture relates to BPMN or BPM more broadly: When business process architecture enumerates processes that are not really processes, or activities that are not really activities, usually the problem

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The Sorry State of Mobile Process Apps

The state of mobile process apps is pretty… underwhelming.  After reading David’s post about process apps, I wasn’t any more enthused: As the table below shows, the type of BPM App best represented in the App Stores I visited could

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ebizQ Revisits BPMN 2.0

I was surprised to find this piece on ebizQ, covering the “emerging star of business process modeling“, BPMN 2.0.  BPM and BPMN get a lot of coverage in the forums on ebizQ, but don’t as often show up as topics

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Apple and Joint Venture

Most people reading the title probably think Apple already has good customer service.  But I’ll let you in on a secret (sarcasm alert):  those Apple Stores are packed with people and the customer service operation needs some help to scale

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The Entrepreneur Scene in Austin

Bijoy Goswami – a good friend from Stanford and fellow transplant to Austin in the 90’s – has been involved in the entrepreneurial scene in Austin for more than a decade.  It started with his first startup, Aviri, from which

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Activiti 5.3

March has arrived, as well as Activiti 5.3: Added BPMN multi instance (==foreach) support Added BPMN intermediate timer catch event Added business rule task with Drools integration Improved Spring integrations: added possibility to limit visibility of beans and also exposed

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Those Robots doing Routine Work

Love Anatoly’s analogy in a recent post, Laws of BPM Robotics.  But my favorite line was in the first sentence: One of our BPM project’s sponsor said at the very beginning, when we discussed the possible project: “my employees don’t

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