Archive for March, 2014

#bpmNEXT was a Blast

bpmNEXT was once again a gathering of some of the world’s best-known BPM experts and vendors.  After the conference, I have so much to write about and say with respect to the sessions and BPM. A big plus for me

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MWD on Pega

Interesting report from MWD on Pega’s recent 2013 results.  As Neil Ward-Dutton points out, it isn’t all bad for Pega.  They just topped $500M in revenue for the year, and grew 10% YoY… but: 10% growth is good growth in

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New Gartner BPM Quadrant is Out

Once again, you could argue that in Gartner’s quadrant there are Three Vendors that Matter-  because there are the same three vendors in the Leaders quadrant – with somewhat different positioning:  IBM, Pega, and Appian.  But there’s more to BPM

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Scale is another word for Opportunity

In the process world, large scale is just an opportunity for process improvement. At small scale, many improvements won’t earn back their investment in a reasonable time frame.  But at large scale, or increasing scale, more and more improvements will

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bpmNEXT and the State of BPM

I loved Neil Ward-Dutton’s piece on the changing face of BPM, which is also a nice plug for the bpmNEXT event we’re both attending this week.  The pundits who think BPM is dead weren’t at bpmNEXT last year or they

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Personal Process

Tom Baeyens recently wrote about Personal Workflow, painting his vision for how it works. I’m a big proponent of personal process.  The best software developers I have ever worked with have had strong personal software processes – a method to

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MWD on Appian

Recently saw an update from MWD on Appian’s positioning: Earlier this week Appian Corp announced that seasoned VC Harry Weller of New Enterprise Associates (NEA) has joined its board. Weller is an acknowledged VC star; he’s been on Forbes’ Midas

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Brazos UI Toolkit: March Release Includes Enhanced Data Table

In addition to the Accessibility improvements rolled into the current Brazos UI Toolkit release, BP3 has also added an advanced Data Table control. The Data Table control allows you to quickly display and interact with tabular data, even when working

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Emerging Austin, Thinktiv’s Perspective

I love the perspective reflected in Thinktiv’s blog post on growth financing in Austin, and the evolution of Austin itself: Every year around this time, SXSW provides us with a reliable checkpoint for measuring the growth and evolution of Austin.

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#SXSW2014 Day 4: Culture, BitCoins, Encryption, and Networking

Day 4 started out with Houndstooth coffee and a dose of culture – specifically, a panel with three culture agents in Austin – Eric Falcao of Mass Relevance, Liz Elam of Link Coworking, and Matt Chasen of uShip.  Immediate problem:

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Brazos UI Toolkit: March Release is Live with Accessibility Improvements

The latest version of Brazos UI Toolkit includes months of improvements and hard work.  The results speak for themselves: check out the current version release notes.  If you have any trouble reaching that page, and you’ve registered, just re-register and

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#SXSW2014 Day 3: Inspired by Science, Sliders, and Socializing

On Day 3, I braved the Daylight Savings change and made it to the first sessions at 9:30am.  Only to find myself in a session that lasted only 20 minutes, on the death of VC’s as we know it. More

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BPMN.io – BPMN everywhere for everyone?

I ran across this announcement on Camunda’s site, linking to bpmn.io “Annoucning bpmn.io – BPMN everywhere, for everyone” – and it looks like the establishment of an open source effort to provide lightweight modeling of BPMN 2.0 diagrams on the

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Demonstrating Brazos Support for IBM BPM Collaboration

A key IBM BPM feature since 8.x has been its collaboration capability.  Essentially, you can invite someone to collaborate with you on your coach, and they can see what you’re typing as you type it, and vice versa. It’s a

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#SXSW2014 Day 2: Gravity Exists Whether or not you Believe in it

Day 2 of SXSW came in wet and cold.  And it got wetter as the day went on. The first session focused on the future of networked humans, and the second session I attended as a pretty thoughtful framework for

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Nerdpocalypse is Back and Better than Ever #SXSW

After the Icepocalypse (Austinites and icy weather do not mix) and the beginning of the Mopacolypse (construction on Austin’s 2nd most-clogged artery, Mopac), comes the Nerdpocalypse – when all the SXSW-interactive attendees descend on Austin’s hotels and downtown scene for

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Over-Optimizing – Effective Business Process User Interfaces (Part 2)

In Lean thinking, one of the cardinal sins is overproduction. In BPM thinking, we always assume that the requirements are wrong. When you take those two principles together, it should be clear that an iterative approach with frequent testing of our

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Effective Business Process User Interfaces (Part 1)

This has been a theme of late.  And it is worth talking about. In a recent post, Andrew Paier discussed when to use custom UIs versus Coach View UIs in IBM BPM.  The same talking points would apply to any

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Coach Views vs. Custom UI Development

A question that we encounter at a number of customers that have a decent amount of internal development expertise is “Should we create our user interface for our process in IBM BPM or in another technology”.  The answer to this,

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