Archive for July, 2012

Budget First

Over on ebizQ Peter Schooff asked the question, “What is the ideal scope for a BPM project?“, and it is a fair question. Some of the answers focused on defining the goal, the problems, the solutions, and working your way

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Approaches to Process Data

Anatoly posted about Process and Data in “Process Meets Data” – and explains several approaches to process data employed by tools he’s worked with: Flat list of attributes XML document Entity-attribute-value Database by reference attribute Native relational database It got

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Camunda Takes on the BPMN2 Challenge

I have to hand it to Jakob and Camunda – they have taken on a seemingly monumental task of integrating 8 different BPMN modelers with Camunda Fox. First things first: I tried 8 different BPMN tools and created a demo

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I Love the Non-Tech Startups

There’s just something fascinating to me about these non-tech startups in Austin.  Not that they don’t use technology, and not that they aren’t innovative.  But that they aren’t selling “tech products”. The latest example is Margarita’s Tortilla Factory which is

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Eating your own Lunch

Eat your own lunch… Before someone else does. Great article “Someone is Coming to Eat You” – relating the story of the iPod Mini circa 2005: One of my favorite Apple product announcements happened on September 7, 2005. In an

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Pretty Cool Performance Report from #Activiti

Joram Barrez has a really interesting post about process performance with Activiti.  It doesn’t compare the engine to other products- but it does compare different configurations of the product.  Its the kind of internal performance testing that is pretty interesting

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Culture in Austin

I don’t pretend to be an expert on culture. I subscribe to the adage of “knowing it when you see it.”  There are lots of people who are very intentional and deliberate about building culture at their firms.  And there

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Interesting Take on Red Hat and BPM

Jim Sinur’s blog has a few choice comments about Red Hat and BPM: My mission at the Red Hat Summit was to find out the state of process and the likely hood that Red Hat will compete favorably in the

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The Graduate: Computer Science Edition

In The Graduate, the way I remember one part of the movie was a friend giving the main character advice: Mr. McGuire: “I just want to say one word to you.  One word.” Ben: “Yes, sir” Mr. McGuire: “Are you

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Iterating BPM Models with In-Flight Instances

Edward Borner discusses the affects of agile development on your unsuspecting BPM models.  Including pictures of BPDs and the whole nine yards. Two key areas are covered: unfinished processes, and changing tasks The first one is a bit novel –

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The Trouble with Process (Maturity)

The trouble with Process Maturity Assessments is well-captured by Alberto Manuel on his blog: Do you believe it’s worth to start a change program because you have a process at level 3 maturity stage when a level 5 process, customer

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One-Hand Clap

Jaisundar’s post on Bouncing Thots regarding the biggest barrier to companies starting a BPM project was pretty spot-on: But really, some of the best BPM projects have failed because of this particular problem. With BPM it is so very important

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MWD at TIBCO Transform Event

MWD covered the TIBCO “Transform” event in London.  It was a traveling event (Sydney, London, Paris, etc.) and MWD were able to attend as a team. It is a good read, and there were a few highlights that really jumped

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More Austin Startups Raising Capital

Three bits of fundraising news hit the radar last week – Tabbedout raising $3.5M, and Biophysical Corp raised $4.2M. Meanwhile, Zilliant raised another $8M round from Main Street Capital. It appears the momentum in Austin for funding startups and small

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the Emerging Global Business Language

Great post on Ian Gotts’ blog- a guest post by Mike Gammage, it looks like – on the emerging global business language: Process: Process, in one guise or another, is a recurrent theme. It’s further evidence that a business process

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The Strain of Starting Up and Having it All

Author’s note:  I wrote this a while ago and put it on the back burner.  But in light of the recent articles about “having it all” – Why Women Still Can’t Have it All , and why there is no

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