Archive for September, 2011

SAP = BPM? Revisited

Never one to let a chance to say “I told you so” pass me by, I thought we should recap coverage of this year’s SAP TechEd 2011 in Las Vegas.  I’m not surprised by the lukewarm reactions to the BPM

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All Businesses are Tech Businesses Now

I’ve been getting tired of reading about “The Melt” – the new company / concept from the folks behind the Flip camera company.  Press like this quote from the interviewer: “You’re not just trying to build a restaurant, you’re trying

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Integrating a Startup

I’m sure several BPM firms could comment on this article by Jacob Ukelson, as so many of them have been acquired over the last few years!  Jacob gives “10” rules for doing this successfully, and they’re all good.  In particular:

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Keith Swenson's Notes from Forrester BPM Forum

Keith has posted a summary of his notes from Forrester’s BPM Forum – great read and good insights into several topics – in particular he has a great writeup of Derek Miers’ session on designing your BPM engagement program around

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Technical Debt as Metaphor for Future Cost

Dave Brakoniecki writes about Technical Debt: The fundamental metaphor underlying technical debt is easily understood in technology circles but nearly incomprehensible outside of them. Unless you understand in detail the technical trade-off you have no appreciation for how you are

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Investing in Austin, Investing in People, Part 2

Momentum for Austin startups continues – with news that Austin startup Spredfast has raised a $12Million round of funding.  Rod Favaron, our Lombardi CEO, is running the company: The company, which launched its service last year, received the funding from

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In-depth Review of IBM Blueworks Live

If you’re interested in reading a near-treatise on first impressions of IBM’s Blueworks Live, Joe Pluta has provided it on IBM Systems Magazine: The Lombardi Blueprint tool has a different focus: it concentrates on the capability to allow members of

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Consulting Math vs. Software Math

Jason Cohen, a local Austin startup hero, paints a bleak picture for consulting in “The unfortunate math behind consulting companies.”  The basic thesis is that it is really hard to ramp up from a single-person consultancy to a bigger company

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Great Request for Answers Post

Adam Deane strikes gold again with this post on a “Request for Answers”: There is a difference in the amount of work needed in “simple process”, and a “simple process, but by the way we want it also to integrate

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Investing in People Revisited

Hard not to revisit this subject when there is so much material out there right now.  Vivek Wadhwa in the Washington Post: American companies must be provided with the incentives to invest in their workers as they used to. As

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Interesting Read on Self-Organizing (Business) Networks

Keith Swenson just put out an interesting blog post on Self-Organizing Business Networks– there’s a focus on what makes for enterprise social software, and what the “social” part really means.  But this particular bit caught my attention: Most current systems

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New IBM Redbook: Scaling BPM Adoption

Our very own Flournoy Henry recently contributed to a new IBM Redbook: “Scaling BPM Adoption from Project to Program with IBM Business Process Manager” : Your first Business Process Management (BPM) project is a crucial first step on your BPM

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BPM Redux on TIBCO-Nimbus

I missed this in the news cycle on TIBCO acquiring Nimbus, but Theo Priestley of BPM redux posted on the acquisition as well: And this is where it gets interesting. If you think on it, it’s actually an admission of

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Co-founders and Conflict

Martin Zwilling’s post on 7 startup co-founders that can lead to conflict reads like a greatest hits of imminent failure.  Not that there aren’t notable exceptions to every problem cited, but at this level we’re talking in generalities. His advice?

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BonitaSoft Raising $11M

Well this is interesting news – it isn’t every day you see a major BPM announcement on TechCrunch after all! BonitaSoft has raised $11M in an effort to take on the big software vendors with their open source BPM solutions:

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Count me in for Simplicity

There’s an argument that says the world is too complex for humans to understand.  Further, that by thinking we understand cause-and-effect, we’re doomed to act in ways that have unforeseen (usually negative) consequences.  It is a really interesting debate, and

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Apple's Advantage

John Gruber on Daring Fireball refers to this as “The New Apple Advantage“: But now that Apple’s products are more popular, we’re beginning to see another benefit to Apple’s lesser degree of configurability: greater scalability. Apple needs larger quantities of

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Capital Factory’s Demo Day 2011 #DD11

This is the third year for Demo Day, and the third year I was fortunate enough to be in Austin and able to take time out from BPM to attend.  Josh Baer’s signature event has been refined each year.  Two

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Quest for Roles

Great post from Theo Priestley on the unending quest for roles.  It just gets tired, in the way that the endless pursuit of The Next Three Letter Acronym gets tiring. My favorite quote: The article starts with “If you have

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Great Case for BPM?

George Lawrie of Forrester recently wrote: One pioneer that I interviewed was immensely proud of his lightning roll out of a guerilla app to support his firm’s front office in advising clients on complex product choices. I asked him about

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Why is there a seat 32B?

Actually, my least favorite seat on a certain model of plane that flies in and out of Austin is 27E.  Some planes manage to pack the lavatory, the kitchen, the divider wall right behind you (no reclining!), and engine noise

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Investing in Austin, Investing in People

There’s been a bit of a blast of news about the Austin Technology Council (ATC) taking a delegation of Austin CEOs to Silicon Valley to recruit technical talent to Austin: “These events are about Austin making a pretty loud statement

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Demand = Jobs

I have to applaud this article from the Business Insider, because it puts into words so well, something that I’ve been trying to articulate since 2008 (their emphasis): Now here’s the interesting thing about Groupon: Despite its massive unprofitability, it’s

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Sandy Kemsley Reviews CloudExtend

Sandy has published a review of Active Endpoints’ CloudExtend, an extension of the SalesForce platform that ads some BPM capabilities to the SalesForce platform.  Interestingly it looks like it is deployed “alongside” SalesForce as opposed to being “on” the SalesForce

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Talent Shortage? Invest in People

In a recent Austin Technology Council (ATC) CEO Summit, talent shortage were a hot topic.  Which sounds crazy when the unemployment rate is north of 8% in Austin, and in Texas.  AustinStartup’s George Dearing did a good job addressing a

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BP3 Guest Post on IBM Impact Blog

IBM Impact Blog has published a guest post written by yours truly.  It is part of a four-pillar effort, and the theme for the pillar of my post was simplicity.  So why talk about upgrades if the goal is simplicity?

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