Archive for October, 2012

A Fun Context Switching Game

For the Multi-taskers out there, here’s a great post that describes a game you can try at home to measure the effect of context-switching on productivity: Here’s a quick exercise to show you the cognitive penalties for you, personally, to

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Starting Over

So Apple had some news today.  Easy to miss with Sandy bearing down on the East Coast. I don’t have any inside sources at Apple.  Or any inside scoop on Forstall or Cook.  Gruber and others have that covered better

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Why We’re Investing in Mobile BPM

Because it is all going mobile eventually, as Ian Gotts would tell you… Indeed, all the current analysis seems to show that the move to mobile is EVEN faster than expected. Google said that annualised revenues from mobile was now

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Tale of Two Cities

It looks like San Francisco is having conflicting feelings about the tech boom.  San Francisco Magazine has a long read entitled “How Much Tech Can One City Take?” With the ominous subtitle: “Shaken by the latest digital gold rush, San

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There Might Be a Process in the Flower Business

There might be a process here somewhere… Unlike most companies, which seek business veterans to run new branches, H.Bloom is finding recent graduates and molding them into managers. It spends three to six months training them in a SEED program,

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The Solid Watch

I joined the solid watch project as a backer way back when.  More than a year ago it was finally funded – at over $100,000 raised.  The designs looked really interesting, so I took a chance. I didn’t realize at

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The Value of a Network

I don’t know how to estimate the value of a network.  But you know it when you see it.  Not all networks are created equal. In what seems like a long, long time ago, in a galaxy far far away,

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Austin Business Journal: BP3 is #8 in Austin Fast 50

BP3 placed #11 in last year’s list, but this year we were up a couple of notches to #8 in the “Under $10M” category of the Austin Business Journal’s Fast 50 listing.  We went to the reception last week and

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Sandy’s Turn: IBM BPM Analyst Day

So we’ve covered Jim Sinur’s thoughts, and we’ve covered Bruce Silver’s.  Now it is time to take a look at what Sandy Kemsley had to say about it. The short version: Sandy gives the overall approach of analyst day and

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Lonely Founders Club

Apparently a lot of founders of companies feel particularly lonely.  Om Malik added to this meme the other day in “Founders & importance of friends“. He says no one tells you about the tough days, but actually I see a

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Trilogy Acquires Savvion

Well this was a surprise.  Austin-based Trilogy Enterprises just announced that it is purchasing 4 of Progress Software’s business units: Sonic Savvion Actional DXSL Wait. Savvion?  Yes, Savvion.  Trilogy is getting into the BPM business… The four units will be

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Bruce’s IBM BPM Update

Although Bruce takes the update much too seriously… he has a nice writeup of the event – The core values instilled by the Lombardi takeover of IBM BPM – simplified portfolio, business-user focus, unified look and feel, team collaboration, social

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Sustainable Businesses

No surprise, but I liked Fred Wilson’s take on sustainability for businesses.  He captures perfectly the ethos we’ve been running BP3 under: If you want to stay in business forever, you have to focus on the long term. You must

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Lean Startups and BPM

Just saw this blog post from Clay Richardson of Forrester, titled “Think Like A Lean Startup for BPM Success”: The next day when I reflected on the conversation, I had a moment of satori. I could see that startups share

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These Guys are Killing It (Adlucent)

These guys are really killing it, and it makes me proud to know a few of them well.  I don’t know what Michael Griffin’s early pitch to each of these key hires was, but he has absolutely leveraged them to

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Jim Sinur: IBM Betting Big on Process

Jim is taking note of something that I’ve been talking about ever since I started to get a sense of it after the Lombardi acquisition – that IBM was betting bigger on process than you would expect if they only

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I Can Relate

When I read this post “Nothing New in Case Management” I felt like I can relate to what Keith is feeling.  Not that I’m defending every word of the article, but how many times have we heard that there’s “nothing

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About that Weighting in the Gartner 2012 MQ for iBPMS, Part 3

This is part 3, and probably the last in the series on the Gartner Magic Quadrant on Intelligent Business Process Management Suites. The three Vendors That Matter are: Pegasystems Appian IBM Roughly in that order in terms of how Gartner

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No One Could See This Coming, Right?

Progress Software CEO resigns as the company warns on revenue for this quarter: Bhatt joined Progress last December after Richard Reidy, the company’s CEO for two years, stepped down. Earlier this year, Chief Financial Officer Charles Wagner left the company.“My

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Congratulations are in Order

For two Austin companies in the news today. First, Calxeda has raised a monster $55M to keep investing in ARM-technology for data centers.  Austin has long had a reputation for excellent chip design talent, and hardware talent.  Because not every

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Picking at the Gartner 2012 Magic Quadrant for iBPMS, part 2

I thought we could spend another post picking at the Magic Quadrant further – both where it might be right (and why), and where it might be too optimistic or pessimistic. Looking at the vendors outside of the three Vendors

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Increase BPM Method Effectiveness

When I hear how well or how poor implementation techniques worked for a given project the one telltale factor comes down to alignment between the project and the company’s values. I think something which gets overlooked all too often is

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Reactions to the new Gartner iBPMS Magic Quadrant, part 1

Author’s Note: This is part 1 of a write-up on reactions to the Gartner Magic Quadrant.  It seems enough of a change to warrant more than one post.  I saw the new Gartner Magic Quadrant for BPM – correction, Intelligent

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ABR

Always Be Recruiting. It is that time of year for college recruiting to ramp up again.  Of course we’re looking for great people all year long, but college recruiting is unique in that it has this distinct start-and-stop every year,

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BPMN Training

If you’re not sure how to get trained up on BPMN – or BPM – Bruce Silver’s training is a good place to start: All this hubbub about BPMN and case management, would doctors and lawyers use it, and other

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Best BBQ in the Country

Anthony Bourdain says that Austin has the best barbeque in the country.  Who am I to argue? Yeah. I know. Bold words. Especially coming from a guy who has said many times that North Carolina whole hog style is his

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Navigation on the iPhone and “Killer” Features

The iOS6 release has two “killer” features in its maps implementation: Beautiful (and useful) 3D renderings of cities. Turn-by-turn navigation.  Good article on TUAW about this navigation issue. What’s the one big thing that Android devices — since 2.0, in

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I Want the Definition of Startup Back

There are many reasons to read this lengthy post from Mark Suster, but as you get toward the bottom you get to my favorite part: I want the definition of startup back. To be used by anybody who is willing

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