Archive for October, 2011

No Excuses

There’s a theme about management that has cropped up over the years regarding owning the outcomes, rather than the excuses (Steve Jobs’ definition of the Vice President versus the janitor comes to mind). Ben Horowitz (of Andreesen Horowitz) captures this

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Is BPM a 4GL? It Boils Down to Your Perspective

Jacob Ukelson writes: What I think surprised me most is how little BPM is used by most development and IT shops for their own use. Even when a truly structured IT process is being implemented (like deploying an application into

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SXSW-interactive's Sessions are Posted

SXSWi has one of the more interesting content picking processes I’ve seen for a conference.  It has turned into a well-oiled machine, and it is, in my opinion, responsible for allowing SXSWi to reinvent and remain relevant (even more relevant)

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Pallas Athena Acquired

I was surprised to see Lexmark acquired Pallas Athena.  I didn’t realize that Lexmark has a software unit, Perceptive Software.  The consolidation in BPM continues… Pallas had a good reputation in the market, in particular for being able to “mine”

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Sandy Kemsley: Best Coverage of #IOD11 Conference

Well, if Sandy doesn’t have the best coverage of the conference, it is by far the best coverage of the bloggers I follow. First up:  IBM Case Manager, IBM Content Manager, and IBM BPM –   Extend IBM BPM processes

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New IBM President and CEO: Virginia Rometty

Well, this was quite a surprise for me – I didn’t expect Sam to step down from the CEO spot at IBM just yet.  But perhaps one of the signs of a strong company is not waiting for signs of

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A Different Way of Looking at Smartphones

Steve Blank’s two-part series on the iPhone is definitely “a different perspective”: The concept of yearly “improvements”, whether styling or incremental technology improvements, every model year gave GM an unbeatable edge in the market. (Henry Ford hated the idea. He

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Ukelson: Is BPM the Next Studio for Software Development?

Jacob Ukelson has a fantastic critique of Agile Software – he lists the 4 pillars of Agile, but then points out: These are all good, important points but they ignore the business perspective! […] Business Value. Software must deliver business

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New BlueworksLive Features

I missed this update due to a busy work schedule last month, but the September update to BlueworksLive has a few interesting tidbits: Better Word document export options (allows including subprocess details, and increases the amount of detail available on

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In Case You Missed it: Sandy's Coverage of Progress Revolution

About a month ago, Sandy Kemsley attended Progress Revolution – first giving an intro-to-BPM course and then blogging about the sessions she attended.  The whole series of posts is worth reading, and I thought a few highlights from her coverage

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IBM's BPM 7.5.1 Release in November

IBM has already an update to IBM BPM 7.5 scheduled- the first minor release, due 18th of November, 2011.  The meat of the release is reviewed in the announcement letter: Ability to deliver differentiating BPMN 2.0 support while keeping the

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Activiti's take on BPM in the Cloud

I think this post by Activiti‘s Tom Baeyens reveals a blind-spot in the folks behind open source BPM tooling. To be clear: it isn’t a bad post, and I agree with his conclusions! Which are, summarized: “hosting traditional BPM engine

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Asking the Wrong Question

William Band, of Forrester, asks: “Are CRM Solutions Soon to be Displaced by Dynamic BPM?”: Increasingly, companies are using business process management suite (BPMS) or dynamic case management (DCM) solutions as the primary point of entry for strategic, cross-functional processes

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A Definitive iPhone 4s Review

John Gruber of Daring Fireball gives, to my mind, the definitive review of the iPhone 4S.  What I love about his reviews is that he seems to peel away a bit of the culture behind the product design process, because

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Austin Business Journal: BP3 is #11 in the Austin Fast 50 Under $10M

We’re pleased to announce that BP3 placed #11 in the “Under $10M” category of the Austin Business Journal’s 2011 Austin Fast 50 listing: The Austin Business Journal honored the 50 fastest growing companies on Thursday at its annual Fast 50

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MWD: Calling BS

MWD has a great series of posts entitled “Calling BS on…” In a recent installment, the topic was calling BS on “Our technology makes your business more agile.”  Of course, it is silly to think that any technology by itself

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IBM BPM on z/OS #bpm #ibmbpm

Sandy Kemsley reported on a briefing with IBM regarding BPM on z/OS a few weeks ago.  It’s a great write-up of the content. I know that it initially took Lombardi folks by surprise how much interest and momentum there would

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A Process for Golf? #bpm

A process for golf?  Or just another analogy designed to prove the deficiencies of BPM? Ran across a lighthearted post from Jacob Ukelson regarding the process for playing golf.  Well, the thrust of the post is that differentiating processes can

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Wait, is this a Positive GenX Reference? #startups

Imagine my surprise to read an article referencing Gen X without falling back on the tired cliches of calling GenX lazy and stupid, in not so many words: Gen-X has just 46 million members, but they continue to lead the

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All #BPM Asks You to Do

James Lawther guest-posts on Gary Comerford’s Process Cafe Blog, and it is a piece we can really relate to at BP3: In the beginning all businesses start out as small businesses.  They start with one, two or at most a

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Remembering to Listen #bpm #startups

[Vizzini has just cut the rope The Dread Pirate Roberts is climbing up] Vizzini: HE DIDN’T FALL? INCONCEIVABLE. Inigo Montoya: You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means. – from The Princess

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The Long Game

Great read from the founders of Yipit, on the long hard road to become and overnight success: So, it’s now February of 2010, over two and half years since we started, and we have yet another idea: build an aggregator

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So Long, Steve

Sad news today.  Not too much to say today that we haven’t said before.  Better writers, with stronger ties to Steve, and better stories to tell, have written and spoken about Steve more eloquently: Walt Mossberg: The Steve Jobs I

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Forrester's Business Process Forum 2011: Customer Engagement

We’re well-overdue to comment on the Forrester BPF 2011 event, partly because we weren’t in attendance this year.  To make up for lost time, we’re linking here to some of the best coverage of the event that we saw in

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MWD on Capgemini's BPM Ducks

Neil Ward-Dutton is following up on previous work he’s done looking at BPM practices at big firms. We’ll start with this, wherein Neil tells us Capgemini are lining up their ducks: Top Line Initiatives within Capgemini are identified where a

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Generation Zed

Fabienne: Whose motorcycle is this? Butch: It’s a chopper, baby. Fabienne: Whose chopper is this? Butch: It’s Zed’s. Fabienne: Who’s Zed? Butch: Zed’s dead, baby. Zed’s dead. – Pulp Fiction There have been raft loads of articles and blogs written

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