Archive for May, 2011

Leading from Below

In every review of BPM best practices you’ll ever read, you’ll see listed with extra emphasis: executive sponsorship. Actually, this criterion is listed for ERP projects, CRM projects, Security projects… It is listed for pretty much every type of IT

Read More

Application Sprawl?

In an apparent bid to become tomorrow’s ERP system, Appian makes an appeal to “stop application sprawl“. But they perked up when talk started shifting to how Appian could wrap or replace existing point solutions in addition to automating currently

Read More

Agility and BPM

Good post from our friend Jaisundar at BouncingThoughts: The real key to agility will need to come from your people. Your culture. Here is how I look at it. Technology may contribute to an agile organization, but mostly the root

Read More

Improving the Process for Teaching Entrepreneurship

Steve Blank’s process for teaching entrepreneurship – The Lean Launchpad – is a bit like the process for teaching the startup process.  It is a fascinating evolution to observe as it develops; and the results are impressive. I recommend reading

Read More

Another Good BPMN Example from Anatoly

Anatoly has posted an example regarding orchestration and collaboration, and he has two particularly good pieces of advice at the end, though the whole post is worth reading: Rule 1. If your attempts to model a process are unsuccessful because

Read More

Formative Years

John Lilly (of Greylock, previously CEO of Mozilla), recently wrote a post “Recruiting DNA“, in which he wrote about how early job experience shapes how you approach the world: One of the things I’ve been really, really struck by is

Read More

Apple and RAWR

I don’t know if there’s a better representation of the health of a consumer business than this kind of chart found in the Asymco blog: In the chart above, it shows that Apple derives more profit per unit than any

Read More

Business Politics Management?

Jacob Ukelson has a great post on Business Politics Management vs. Business Process Management- I suggest that we should have a separate branch of BPM that is Business Politics Management – it is the cousin of regular BPM, but for

Read More

BlueworksLive May 2011 Update

Another incremental update from the BlueworksLive team.  The key features: Tagging – generally just giving you an easier way to find things created in BlueworksLive. Better visibility to activity within a space APIs for provisioning and de-provisioning (admin). Of course,

Read More

Good News, Bad News for Austin Employment

The good news, unemployment has dropped to a recent low, of 6.5%: Though the report showed a modest pace of job growth, there has been a string of recent announcements by companies planning to add jobs in Central Texas this

Read More

Free may not be Best

Marco Arment is the creator of Instapaper, a great reading app for webpages, blogs, etc. that you want to cache for reading later on your iPhone, iPad, or browser of choice. He recently announced an “extended vacation” for his free

Read More

MWD's Coverage of Progress' Analyst Day

Good coverage of Progress’ analyst day by Neil Ward-Dutton: My concern at the previous year’s event was that Progress was in danger of painting itself into a corner: by highlighting RPM as the “next step beyond BPM”, it was in

Read More

More Flattering Coverage of Austin

From the NYTimes: Two years ago, ad executive, Nancy Giordano, moved to Austin from Los Angeles, and within 12 months she had organized and started TEDx Austin with Jen Spencer. The idea-sharing conference had a waiting list its first year,

Read More

The BPM "Operator" Profile

I was asked the other day by a consultant from a large provider, “What do I need to know to get into BPM consulting?” So you want to be a BPM Practitioner? “Great, we need all we can get!” Actually, what I

Read More

Zero Sum Game

Marco Arment’s Instapaper could come under the Apple’s guns in the next version of Safari, which purportedly will offer a “Reading List” feature. Marco (rightly) concludes there isn’t much to worry about.  First, what is an instapaper competitor? Saving articles

Read More

Neil Ward-Dutton Debunks Gen Y Mythology

Great stuff from Neil, debunking yet another generational myth pushed upon us by the likes of Time and Fortune: I don’t know about you, but when I was a young adult I wanted every minute of my life to have

Read More

Score one for the BPMN "Zealots"

Score one for the “BPMN Zealots“, as Bruce Silver reports: Today Software AG announced a tight integration between ARIS, its leading Business Process Analysis suite, and webMethods, its SOA-based BPM Suite.  The integration features roundtripping and continuous synchronization between business-oriented

Read More

Pricing a BPMS: It is Still the Wild West

Sandy Kemsley’s blog on BPMS pricing, she points out that pricing is still incredibly opaque.  There’s also a discussion on Quora that she refers to. The problems: Different vendors use different metrics to price (user, process, CPU, PVU, duration, etc.

Read More

How to Select BPM Services Firms #BPM11

Michele Cantara gave a rapid fire session on the last day of Gartner BPM 2011, covering how to leverage Services firms to gain expertise for your BPM efforts.  As with most presentations there was plenty to agree with, but I’m

Read More

Of Zealots and Incompetents… and BPM Blogs

Mark Cotgrove of Nimbus has recently gotten into the blogging game.  He has a fresh perspective and a great writing voice.  But out of his first 4 posts, two of them take personal shots at people I have a lot

Read More

More Money Raised in Austin

We’ve written previously about the fact that the Austin economy and startup community seems to be humming along, as well as about the economy in general, which appears to be particularly startup friendly at the moment.  Or at least, it

Read More

A Quick Review of Gartner BPM 2011 Write-ups #BPM11

There were several blogs about Gartner BPM 2011, capturing overall impressions.  From ebizQ, Ann Stuart reviews the keynotes (including this quote from Daryl Plummer): –Visibility is critical: “If you can’t see it, you can’t fix it. You probably don’t even

Read More

Don't Bet Against Moore's Law

If Moore’s Law had been easy to adhere to it wouldn’t have garnered the respect it has as an axiom of human progress.  For some reason everyone has always assumed it was about to run its course… and every time

Read More

The Great Case Management Debate that Wasn't #BPM11

I was interested to see the “Great Case Management Debate” at Gartner’s BPM 2011 conference.  After all, it has been quite the topic, ever since Keith Swenson put his weight behind the ACM moniker more than a year ago. But

Read More

How to Make Austin the Next Silicon Valley?

This is a question that has probably been asked a few times.  Joshua Baer does a great job breaking it down in his blog: I actually think most of the right things are happening. I’ve been here for more than

Read More

John Reynold's Implementation Dream Team

This is a fun post from John Reynolds about the BPM Implementation Dream Team. Rapid Iteration BPM implementation projects, like the ones that I work on, depend on “Business” to take on building responsibilities and “IT” to take on requirement

Read More

Who had Something to Say at Gartner BPM 2011? #bpm11

Elise Olding reports on twitter stats in her latest blog post: April 27th stats: # tweets for the day – 637                    # unique tweeters – 91 April 28th stats: # tweets for the day – 789                    # unique tweeters –

Read More

Great session on Change Management at Gartner BPM Summit #BPM11

Gartner’s BPM Summit this year in Baltimore was a little different than previous years for a few reasons. First off, almost 850 attendees were present according to Gartner’s stats which is a  non-trivial improvement over last year! Secondly, for the

Read More

Very Good Argument for Forming Good Habits

As a business, it is important to establish good habits.  And of course habit #1 is making enough money to keep the business alive.  An article titled “The Audacity of Getting Paid” really hits the mark.  The author uses Facebook,

Read More

This Captures Exactly How I Feel About Lunch

Joel Spolsky: There’s a lot of stuff that’s accidental about Fog Creek and Stack Exchange, but lunch is not one of them. Ten years ago Michael and I set out with the rather ambitious goal of making a great place

Read More

Love Mark Suster's Blog on Crappy Little Services Companies

If there weren’t already lots of reasons to like Mark Suster’s Blog, I have to admit, this article (“What Should You Do With Your Crappy Little Services Business?”) gives me another great one: There’s a line of thinking in Silicon

Read More