Archive for July, 2011

Scientific Method and Startups

It is just hard to see how this news, courtesy of Steve Blank, could possibly be bad news: Today, the National Science Foundation (NSF) – the $6.8-billion U.S. government agency that supports research in all the non-medical fields of science

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How are the BPM Vendors Doing Now?

We have some contrary data points.  Pega’s last quarter was good.  So was IBM’s.  But they’re both big companies with too much complexity for outsiders to easily carve out BPM revenue.  However, what I hear on back channels from more

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BP3 Adding Office Space, Hiring, and in the News

We love our office space in Austin so much, that we have committed to twice as much of it.  The Austin Business Journal covered the news, which is gratifying: The professional services firm, founded in 2007, said the added space

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Standards, Universal Standards, and More D*** Standards

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All-Hands Meeting: We should have done this sooner!

So we just completed our first company all-hands meeting.  Previously, the closest we’ve come was having our two co-founders meet for coffee on Sundays, and the near unanimous attendance we had at bpmCamp 2010 at Stanford University.  The short version

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BPM Spending and the Hockey Stick

There were several reports about BPM spending going into next year, mostly based on the Gartner report to that effect.  Much of the commentary around this report seemed to be to treat it with cynicism: “I think this is the

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Everyone Should Love this Mortgage Bonus

According to Diana Olick of CNBC, PMI Mortgage Insurance recently signed on to the “Responsible Homeowner Reward” program – a program that reward homeowners for paying their mortgages every month, on time, for the next 5 years. It sounds like

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Austin Chamber of Commerce backing a Startup District

The Statesman reports that the Austin Chamber of Commerce is exploring getting a startup district going in or near Downtown Austin: The Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce is launching an effort to create Austin Live, a downtown work space that

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Competitors Taking Shots from the Sidelines

Appian is again taking shots at others’ acquisitions from the sidelines in “Another Monster is Born”: Bigamy is one analogy for what’s happening in the stack vendor land-grab for the BPM market. Another is “Frankenstein’s Monster.” And we all know

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Bruce Silver's Perspective on the Global 360 Acquisition

Bruce has a nice write-up of the Global 360 acquisition, and hits on a couple points really well: On the analyst call, Open Text admitted they are still working on the roadmap, but I came away with the impression that

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More on OpenText and Global 360

Lubor Ptacek comments on the Global 360 acquisition on his blog: With the combination of Metastorm and Global 360, we are now the largest provider of BPM solutions for the Microsoft ecosystem. The BPM solutions complement our existing information governance

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OpenText Picks up Global360

In a surprise (to me) move, OpenText has acquired Global360: Waterloo, Ontario – 2011-07-13 – OpenText (NASDAQ: OTEX, TSX: OTC) announced today it has acquired Global 360 Holding Corporation, a leading provider of process and case management solutions. The acquisition

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About that Jobs Report

I have to admit I was a bit puzzled by the distance between the ADP report and the official jobs report. Not to mention, I was a bit puzzled by the net-18,000 job gain, while around me I’m seeing more

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Dave Brakoniecki Sums up the ACM/DCM Discussion

David Brakoniecki comments on the ACM discussion on LinkedIn: Over on Linkedin, there is a spirited debate over several aspects of the Adaptive Case Management (ACM) movement going on.  The whole thread makes is worthwhile a read if you are

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Surviving BPM and a Lesson on Racing

Shared with permission of Gary Samuelson, original post here. The image is getting across the finish line in less-than-optimal conditions. As first-timer BPM projects go, let’s think of engine smoke and a hopeful driver. I need to remind myself on

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iTKO Acquired for $330 Million – Cash

Congratulations to iTKO – “a leading provider of service simulation solutions for developing applications in composite and cloud environments, for $330 million in an all-cash transaction.”  iTKO has roots in Dallas and Austin – and a couple of very good

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BPM and the Promise that is Insurance

Not too long ago we were talking with an insurance company about claims processing and BPM.  Flournoy Henry, with years of experience in the Insurance business, thought he’d share a little bit of our perspective on the topic of BPM

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Activiti Designer 5.7 Released

Activiti keeps rolling with its incremental releases – impressively so.  In this release, we see new quick-edit capabilities in the Activiti Designer (essentially, it looks like it let’s you model original process / user tasks in the designer directly, skipping

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The Incoming Processor Pattern and the BPMS

Anatoly has posted another process pattern: the Incoming Processor Pattern. It is a good pattern – and actually forms the basis for a lot of variants of that pattern (in a sense, it is the base case of a wide

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BPM Could Save Your Life

Not that long ago, one of the prime examples given by Keith Swenson in support of the “ACM approach” was a medical example (picture Dr. House examining the really-out-there cases) – check out the comment stream from this post for

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If there's no Design, is there Design by Doing?

Jim Sinur raises this question in a non-confrontational way in his recent blog post.  It’s good to see him back at blogging on the subject of BPM after a short hiatus.  The trend he predicts: As BPM matures it will

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Are you the Builder or the Check-writer?

John Reynolds, always with a different perspective on BPM, recently addressed builders and business people: I could have built this fence myself.  I’ve done similar projects in the past, and I’m not “that” old.  It’s hard work, but not more

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