Archive for March, 2012

Where are the Clouds in BPM?

Late to the Cloud BPM, as a software category, is relatively late to the game in Cloud computing.  In fact, some of the earliest cloud BPM vendors have since gone out of business, putting customers’ investments in models and data

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If You Have Career Envy, Read This

Jason Cohen once again channels perfectly what a lot of people involved in startups go through. I call it career-envy- but in the context he’s talking about you could just as easily call it startup-envy.  It is measuring yourself against

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Connie Moore: Selling BPM to the C Suite

Connie Moore posted a while back on selling Business Process Transformation to the C-Suite.  She quotes Derek Miers, one of the best in the business at boiling things down to the key points: “It’s all about helping the executive understand

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More Austin-Boosting

George Dearing writes for AustinStartup that Austin is well-positioned for future job growth. He makes a number of good points about Austin’s relative advantages and links to a few other articles with more information.  But my favorite part was this:

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Simplicity is Hard Work

Great post from Matt Drance a while back on Components. Specifically, Apple’s approach to components: Similar to the 2008 PA Semi acquisition, the Anobit acquisition highlights a continued priority on internalizing improvements to hardware. Most people think of Apple as

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Visual Thinking and BPM

While at SXSW I attended a session titled “Shut Up & Draw: A Non-Artist Way to Think Visually“, which any BPM practitioner could have related to.  Sunni Brown, Jessica Hagy, and Dan Roam ran the session, and had some great

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All this "BPM is Dead" Nonsense

I like a good debate as much as the next guy, but I think staking out extreme positions and trotting out the same cliche constructions (“XYZ is DEAD!”) isn’t really that constructive.  Still, it is bound to happen periodically and

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I'll Tell You Who Won SXSW this Year: Austin

Nobody “Won”… PandoDaily columnist Erin Griffith’s post The Year Nobody “Won” SXSW is a good read.  Really good.  Just like all of her other work on daily recaps at SXSW(Tuesday’s recap included the CNN+Mashable rumor for example).  She’s right that

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Twitter and Conferences: Terrible?

Philip Bump of Pando Daily says that tweets from conferences are terrible: This is why Tweets from conferences are so terrible. (I’m talking to you, South by Southwest.) The point of a conference is to gather people for presentation and

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If Your [Startup|Company|Firm|Team] is Actually Good…

Business Insider posits that if your startup is actually “good”, you don’t have time for SXSW.  The basic message is that SXSW is essentially a low-return investment in partying, and that focusing on the startup is the right thing to

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Austin’s Trilogy Effect: OTB

Lori Hawkins has written the first article in many years about the many Trilogy Alumni that are circulating in Austin, and in startup circles.  It’s the most in-depth article about Trilogy’s affect on Austin that I’ve seen to-date.  Sometimes referred

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Activiti 5.9 Released

Activiti 5.9 is out. I almost missed the announcement, but wanted to post it here. It is another good turn of the wheel on the Activiti offering, Some of the additionss are significant (persistent event subscriptions, multiple start events, etc.)

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The Nerdpocolypse Cometh 2012

Last year we wrote about the coming Nerdpocolypse in Austin.  Most of what I wrote there is true today.  SXSW grew again last year, and is expected to grow again this year by 20% or so.  Once again it is

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Know Your Audience

Bruce Cleveland didn’t write his article about BPM per se, but he might as well have. His advice sounds like it is right out of the playbook of a BPM software firm or a BPM consulting firm: Most of the

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Fun Advice for SXSW Launches

Since SXSW is about to start, another short post on SXSW launches… Larry Chiang’s article “How to Launch your Startup at SXSW for Only $217″ illustrates his best and worst – funny and irreverent, but also (in my view) unlikely

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Fun with @Lytro

Always a sucker for interesting new tech, I  pre-ordered a Lytro camera last year.  It finally showed up yesterday. Recommending the Lytro: Really interesting takes on camera technology only come around so often.  Light Field just seemed like one of

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SXSWi Resources: 2012 Edition

Every year more Austin companies get into the act of providing good SXSW resources to help visitors and regulars navigate the ever-expanding menu of sessions, parties, side parties, after-parties, and musical acts. Some of my favorite resources: GSD&Ms SXSW survival

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