Archive for April, 2011

Gartner BPM 2011 Day 2 #bpm11

Day 2 kicked off with deeper BPM-specific content.  Lance and I split up for most of the day, going to different sessions.  But we both came back from sessions with good content.  I attended the DoD session on Semantic data. 

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I like the Idea, but Disagree with one Conclusion

Jacob Ukelson, in his post Time for a Process Manifesto? , picks up some ideas from the Agile Manifesto: Individuals and interactions over processes and tools Working software over comprehensive documentation Customer collaboration over contract negotiation Responding to change over

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Gartner BPM 2011 Day 1 #bpm11

We’re attending Gartner’s BPM 2011 conference in Baltimore, and this is the first time we’ve taken two people to one of their conferences and are in full-on attendee mode rather than speaking or participating in a panel. Some general observations:

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A Couple of My Favorite Services, Bought

I just got two emails on the same day regarding two of my favorite services. First, SlideRocket has been purchased by VMWare: Dear SlideRocket User, Amazing news! I am excited to share with you that SlideRocket has been acquired by

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Decorator Pattern for BPM

I like it when people can borrow concepts from other fields or areas of computer science and apply them to BPM.  End to End BPM has a nice case of just such cross-pollination.  Or perhaps I just like it because

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Sandy Kemsley Reviews Bruce Silver's BPMN Training

Good review of Bruce’s training: There are few people who have this depth of BPMN knowledge, and Bruce is the only one who I know who is doing this as a professional trainer: his is the only BPMN course that

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There's a Reason for the P in BPM

The “P” is for Process. I think Mihnea Galeteanu coincidentally gives us a great anecdote for why it doesn’t make sense to try to change the terms of the discussion or debate from “process” to “case”, or from BPM to

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Beginner's Guide to Performance Reports

John Reynolds gives a beginner’s guide to Process Performance Reports on his blog.  Using Websphere Lombardi Edition, he shows a few diagrams and gives good advice regarding how to build up the tracked data for your process reports. Of course,

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Great Response to our #IBMImpact Presentation: Keeping the "Business" in BPM

We are truly grateful for the opportunity to present at Impact.  It is a rare opportunity to share what you do for a living with your colleagues and peers – and I just wanted to take time out to the

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What I Didn't Expect to Find at #IBMImpact

I went to IBM Impact looking for direction and strategy around BPM.  What I didn’t expect to find (but perhaps I should have), was an extra present under the tree:  ILOG is getting embedded in more IBM products. Quoting Integration

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Phil Gilbert on IBM BPM 7.5

Video of Phil Gilbert on IBM BPM 7.5.  Personally I like the motivational background music – surprised it wasn’t something by Dylan… I first noticed it on the BPM Socialite blog, but it is also on Youtube / embeddable.  

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Beauty is in the Eye of the Beholder with IBM BPM 7.5 #ibmimpact

The early reviews of IBM BPM 7.5 were out last week, while IBM Impact was still in full swing.  It seems that the analysts in attendance were of differing opinions about the strength of IBM’s update to 7.5 – with

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Penny for Your Thoughts (IBM BPM 7.5)

Much has now been written about IBM BPM 7.5.  We’ve blogged about it before Impact, and we’ve obliquely referenced it since Impact.  And we’ve enjoyed reading all the other reviews out there. So we won’t rehash the feature by feature,

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Caterpillar on stage for IBM at #IBMImpact Day 1

Joe Heller, CIO of Caterpillar, gave an outstanding lesson in lasting business partnerships at IBM’s Impact conference on Day 1 (Monday, April 11th, 2011).  Joe was highly quotable (“There is dirt in the wrong place all over the world, and

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Phil Introduces IBM BPM to #IBMImpact on Day 2

Day 2 of IBM Impact started off well.  I went down to breakfast and sat with a senior member of IBM technical staff, as well as a few gentlemen visiting from Farmer’s Insurance.  Good conversation over a light breakfast, followed

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There's Another BPM Vendor Conference Going on

Sandy Kemsley has good coverage of the other conference going on this week in the BPM space: AppianWorld. Unlike Sandy, we weren’t about to try to do two conferences in one week! Three of her blogs on the conference: Gartner

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Carrying the BPMN Interchange Torch

Bruce Silver is still carrying the torch for BPMN2 interchange – thank goodness someone is- and has yet another update to explain the ins and outs of “valid” models. That means an interoperability validation tool needs to test, in addition

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Anatoly on ebizQ: Doing BPM Right

Anatoly is one of the clearest communicators on the subject of BPM today, from a practitioner’s viewpoint.  A few choice quotes: AB: First of all, there is a kind of a general understanding of how to do BPM right. But

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T-1 to #IBMImpact

Today’s sessions included a competitive case study session reviewing 4-5 case studies of competitive wins, and sharing techniques. It seems to me that you could sum up winning against competition as: Don’t be a jerk. Care about your customer. Provide

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T-2 to #IBMImpact

Tomorrow Today is the Business Partner summit at IBM Impact, and then Monday we have the beginning of the Main Event – Keynotes and Comedians and Music and all. I flew in early this year so that I could attend

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"Keeping the Business in BPM" – Teaser #ibmimpact

We’re going to share a teaser of our presentation coming on Wednesday at IBM Impact.  The session abstract just doesn’t do it justice now that the presentation is complete.  The outline: Business Process Improvement versus Business Process Management Five Major

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What BPM Can Learn from the Lean Startup

Since the beginning of the SXSW-interactive conference, I’ve posted a few times about the Lean Startup sessions and hinted that they might apply to BPM. Heading into the IBM Impact conference, this feels like the right time to talk about

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Steve Blank SXSWi: New Rules for the New Bubble

Steve Blank was the star speaker among an incredibly strong cast of speakers at the Lean Startup sessions at SXSW-interactive.  The room was packed, and SXSW volunteers were keeping more people out in the halls to obey fire codes.  There

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IBM Quietly Updates BPM

On April 5th, with little fanfare, IBM updated several pages pertaining to its BPM offering. IBM BPM v7.5 “provides a comprehensive platform for visibility and management of your business processes“. First off, I like the simplified name (note the dropping

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Activiti 5.4 and Other News

Activiti strikes again with the release of 5.4.  They have had a drumbeat of releases since the original GA shipped (and even before, but who’s counting), and they’re at it yet again. I’m once again humbled by the great information

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Why Do Startups Fail?

Because the founders give up.  Jason Cohen has written a great piece regarding the #1 reason that startups fail.  The founders give up and pack it in.  This isn’t quitting, to me – sometimes there are good reasons to quit

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Blueworks Live Update, April 2011

The new Blueworks Live update came out over the weekend, and we took it for a test drive.  My impressions were pleasantly positive – this is a more substantial improvement than the last go ’round, and in this case there

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WashTech post on Appian

Washington Technology has a very complimentary article on Appian, a company that I kept close eye on while I was working at competitor, Lombardi, and since then we’ve kept track as we try to make sure we understand the breadth

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Human Interfaces to BPM

John Reynolds outlines key user interfaces for BPM: Task Notification Interfaces To-Do List Interfaces Task Completion Interfaces Process Status Interfaces Participant Workload Interfaces Process History Interfaces We could group these together around a few basic principles: Executing the instance of

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Steve Blank: Entrepreneurship is an Art not a Job

I just read one of Steve Blank’s posts and I just wanted to share my impressions here. Because the internal debate Steve seems to be sharing with us on his blog is not unlike the debate that goes on in

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Poor Form

Bruce Silver has been teaching the Process Modeling with BPMN class for years in cooperation with the BPM Institute, but this year: If you were thinking of taking my 2-day class Process Modeling with BPMN at a BPM Institute event

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