Archive for August, 2011

Evernote is Coming to Austin

More signs of momentum in Austin:  I’m a fan of Evernote, and in particular I think they’ve been smart about their application development strategy.  But today recently came news that Evernote is opening a development lab in Austin, which is

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Startup Austin

I mentioned momentum in the Austin startup scene… with IPOs and the Startup District and all the funding events this year in Austin, it is looking like interesting times ahead. Eugene Sepulveda writes about Austin’s Startup America, “Startup Austin”: At

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TIBCO acquires Nimbus, Business DNA

TIBCO has announced its acquisition of Nimbus today: Nimbus provides a strong complement to TIBCO’s event-enabled infrastructure software platform. Whereas TIBCO has traditionally focused on the automation of data, systems, and processes, Nimbus allows business users to collaboratively describe and

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Does Apple Have Great Processes?

Jacob Ukelson recently said: There was an interesting discussion on ebizQ around the question “What does enterprise tech have to learn from Steve Jobs’ success?” What made it even more interesting for me is that even though the question was

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SXSWi's Content Picking Process

SXSW-interactive fully exposes its process for selecting panels and sessions to attendees. I’m not sure what the genesis of this crowd-sourced way of planning content was, but the effect is remarkable. It starts with nominating ideas.  Then there’s a round

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Another Austin IPO Filing: Bazaarvoice

Bazaarvoice has filed for an IPO: In the “you knew this was coming” category, Bazaarvoice filed for an Initial Public Offering (IPO) of it’s stock today. The news is being covered by TechCrunch and The Statesman. The company is one

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More Momentum on an Austin Startup Space

Based on local news story frequency and content, it looks like the concept of a startup district in Austin is gaining momentum. I missed an news story a couple of weeks ago on the KXAN site: “We’re looking at shared

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A Smart Bear's Lesson on Email Process

Joannes Vermorel, of Lokad, has guest-posted on A Smart Bear blog on the topic of email.  Specifically, why your company should have a single email address.  But to the BPM consultant, it reads like an email process manifesto for your

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Steve Jobs Resigns…

Steve Jobs has resigned the CEO post at Apple.  And Twitter is alive with eulogies.  A little premature, perhaps.  But maybe not.  Either way, as Tim Cook takes the CEO helm and Steve moves to the board room, it is

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Profit Incentive

Many of my peers in software came of age during the age of Web 1.0 – where profit was never really part of the metrics for running the business.  Even in Web 2.0 – or in the whole set of

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Context can Simplify Your Process

John Reynolds wrote a post recently about Interdependent tasks, and the resulting complexity. John takes a simple example, the vacation approval process, and then points out what makes the difference between a cute model and a real implementation: Sam can’t

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ebizQ Podcast with Anatoly

Anatoly recently did a podcast with ebizQ’s Peter Schoof.  The transcript was posted on Anatoly’s blog, and well worth reading, but something he said in the pre-amble really caught my attention: My activities in BPMN got me a reputation of

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BPM for Dummies (IBM Edition)

Just noticed this today, thanks to Twitter: IBM has a great BPM resource on its site: BPM for Dummies (IBM edition). It’s a mini ebook, and could prove to be what gets you on the road to leverage BPM to

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Interesting ILOG/BPM Blog from April

Ran across this blog post by Daniel Selman from April of 2011:  For the past few months I have been leading a small, but very dedicated, team that has been improving the consumability of core ILOG BRMS components/APIs and supporting

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Justification for Coffee Meetings

As if I needed any excuses to take coffee meetings (I don’t), Mark Suster has provided some great ammunition for those not inclined to partake: I know I’m getting repetitive. It is with great intent. Whatever amount you’re getting out

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Music and BPM

Update: In the interest of clarity I’ve updated the second-to-last paragraph of this post. Anyone following the #BPM hashtag on twitter has probably been amused at times because we also get a fair number of posts about BPM the XM/Sirius

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Staying off-topic: More Google-Moto-Apple

So no sooner had I written about Google’s unnecessary surfeit of enemies than Google goes out and acquires Moto, likely creating a few more difficulties in the marketplace.  On the surface it seems to: confirm how weak Android’s patent position

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It's Also About What You Don't Do

This article in TechCrunch hit a chord with me – because I have picked up on some of the same issues with Google: But why? Why is Google now a villain to many in the industry? I don’t believe it’s

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Is the Future of Management BPM?

Mike Gammage on Sourcing Shangri-La: To avoid continually tripping up, to be able to implement Management 2.0 thinking, the enterprise needs a cortex, a way of pulling it all together:  an integrated management platform.  And its language has to be

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The Value of Customer Engagement on Twitter?

An interesting developerWorks blog about the benefits of customer engagement via Twitter. The title says it all:  “developerWorks Twitter account saving over $600k per month: what uplift will Google+ provide?” Interestingly the $600k/month claim comes from what they would have

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If You Need to Open Visual Studio to Build a Workflow…

Adam Deane on Business Users and Programmers: But the best differentiator pitch that I’ve heard being used is the “business user oriented” vs “programmer oriented”. The claim is that business users can use the tool. I think it’s a great

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It Just Works

The phrase “It just works” didn’t first come into use during Apple’s WWDC 2011 keynote in June.  I first heard the phrase with respect to software when I was taking a NeXT programming class (cs193e) at Stanford – Julie Zelenksi,

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BPMN too Complex?

I’m with Stephen White on this one: The process above is not an extremely complex or hard to understand BPMN Process, but it is a perfectly valid one. BPMN was fully intended to support such modeling. So what is the

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The Go-Live

Great blog from Adam Deane on “the Go-Live Milestone“: It’s an important hurdle for the vendor. It’s an important hurdle for the customer. Attitudes change. Tensions evaporate. Management and end-users are happy. The euphoria kicks in. Pink tinted glasses get

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A Process Improvement Case Study: BP3 All-Hands Meeting

Seriously? 106?! We have a process improvement case study.   Someone scheduled our all-hands meeting for BP3 in the midst of a heat wave that has set records all year long in Austin, TX. A quick analysis was performed – corrections

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People Matter

I’ve said it often, but the people in your business – and on your projects – matter.  Doug Turner writes on his blog, with a slight twist to an old time-management proverb: Well the issue of throwing more people at

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Penny-Wise, Pound Foolish

Gary Comerford of Process Cafe recently noted that improving process is not always in the company’s best interest, as in cases where penalties and fees may be extracted from uneducated customers and users.  Despite the following process issues for a

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Jacob Ukelson on History Repeating Itself

History often repeats itself, in software: The physical topology becomes irrelevant – all that matters is logical topology induced by an application and its components. These virtualization paradigms (and more) have been around in the world of mainframes for decades,

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MWD on Open Text + Global 360

Neil Ward-Dutton may be late to the party with his post on the OpenText / Global360 merger, but it is a good read: So, having set out to purchase Metastorm in February, Open Text has followed up less than 6

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Process Maturity Meets Pareto Principle

Gartner’s Business Process Maturity Model is not for the faint of heart.  I’ve heard a couple of talks on the subject and read a couple of papers, and never found it terribly useful or informative to our action plans with

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