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Design is Eating the World

Software is eating the world, right? But maybe Design is eating the world, too. The case for design eating the world is laid out in a post by Scott Belsky on Medium:Behold the power of the “Interface Layer,” it’s not just about

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Apple’s iPad Pro and Convergence

Many Microsoft proponents (or at least, Apple critics) have been saying that obviously PCs and Tablets, or Laptops and Tablets, are destined to merge into one device.  This implies that the split between iOS and OSX is a hindrance rather

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Austin’s B2C Startups are Humming… They Just Aren’t Software Companies

A friend on twitter made the comment:Apparently, we ARE good at B2C startups in ATX. But the product needs to be in a bottle not on a phone. Keep it going, @BeatboxBevs.— Robert Reeves (@robertreeves) August 22, 2015He was referencing

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Intalio, Early BPM Innovator, Acquired

Intalio was recently acquired by Everteam, an ECM vendor, of France:The acquisition, which formally closed earlier this month, includes the sales, marketing, support and development infrastructure within Intalio. As part of the acquisition, the company has expanded its base of

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I love China Gorman’s post on Boomerangs. “It used to be that being a “job hopper” was a bad thing. Employers wouldn’t touch someone who moved around a lot. And employees almost never wanted to go back to a former employer.”Interestingly

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BPMCAMP Sessions: Becoming a Blueworks Live Bad A**

Krista White and Julie Grassel led a session on becoming a Blueworks Live Badass at BPMCAMP 2015.  Tongue-in-cheek title aside, they shared some serious common sense on succeeding with a modeling tool like Blueworks Live.Some interesting tidbits were shared, like

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BPMNEXT 2015: Neches Presentation

At bpmNEXT 2015, Ivan Kornienko and I presented “Sleep at Night Again with Automated Code Analysis.”  That previous post has our slides, a Neches demo, and some commentary on the presentation.  This is the official video from the event.  Unfortunately

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Barriers to BPM: Admit you have a Problem

[This is the sixth in a series on the barriers to BPM adoption in the enterprise] To truly have great BPM adoption, we have to look ourselves in the mirror, and admit we have a problem.  And then we have

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Which Hill to Climb?

Good discussion over on the other day – in particular with respect to whether methodology is more or less important than technology to the success of a program.  Obviously they’re both valuable.My thoughts:The other issue is to understand that

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Austin Skyline

Austin Rising, Part 2

Previously wrote about Austin rising in the hotel business… but for a more visceral feel for the changes happening in Austin, check this out: It is quite a change over the years- the post has shots from several well-known vantage

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courtesy and Austin American-Statesman

Creating Talent in Austin

The other day Lori Hawkins of the Austin American-Statesman published an article about Austin’s recruiting challenges and how is approaching the problem.Somewhat ironically, is also a job search site…First, let’s address the results of the ATC’s survey:“A recent

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The weather was amazing

Technology Diffusion and Cadence

Horace Dediu of Asymco has a real gem of an insight hidden in one of his recent posts – but he was kind enough to put it in bold face to call attention to it:“As a result, paradoxically, an enterprise

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Barriers to BPM: the SharePoint Effect

[This is the fifth in a series of posts on the barriers to BPM adoption in the enterprise] This is almost the opposite of the Bus Brake Effect.  Where the Bus Brake Effect concerns too many vetoes and not enough

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Neil Ward-Dutton’s Take: A Masterclass in Customer Centricity

At BPMCAMP this year we had the honor of Neil Ward-Dutton attending alongside our team and our customers.  We’ve been following Neil’s work and MWD’s research for years, and I think we both felt it was time for Neil to

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The Apple Lifestyle

Horace Dediu’s analysis of the cost of the Apple Lifestyle:“But much more interesting than this value is the notion that Apple is in business to deliver a product/service mix to loyal customers and to preserve their loyalty through constant improvement

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Brazos Adoption is going Global

Visualize Brazos Adoption, and Announcing Brazos UI Enterprise 4.2!

Brazos UI Enterprise 4.2 is now released.  Unlike some other products on the market, we didn’t trump up the numbers and produce release numbers that make our product more mature – Brazos has been through 4 major release cycles and

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Austin Rising (Literally)

There are milestones in a city’s development that are worth noting.  Like 2015: the year Austin surpassed San Antonio for hotel dollars for the first time ever. “Austin hotel revenue was up 18.1 percent, growing from $267.1 million to $315.4

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Barriers to BPM: The Bus Brake Effect

[This is the fourth in a series of posts on the barriers to BPM] We’ve all ridden a city bus at some point.  Most bus systems have a bus brake that you pull if you want to be let off

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Apple and Austin, Sitting in a Tree

Little known outside of Austin, is the fact that Austin has become Apple’s second largest corporate location in the world, after Cupertino.  Apple has acquired a series of companies in Austin over the years (including some great chip design talent),

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BPMCAMP Sessions: the RGP Method for BPM Success

Every year at BPMCAMP we review our delivery methodology – because every year we adapt it based on what we’ve learned and based on a changing technology landscape over time. Rainer Ribback took us through the latest in his session

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Fred Wilson of Union Square Ventures wrote on the subject of Loyalists versus Mercenaries, and I’ve been meaning to address how I think about this subject. But teams come in all flavors. There are highly loyal teams that can withstand

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BP Labs: Letting Customers Sleep at Night [video]

Maybe you’ve heard about BP Labs, but you’ve wondered what BP Labs really is.  Many customers have told us that they didn’t fully appreciate BP Labs until they experienced it for a while.  I can appreciate that, because this is

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BPMCAMP Sessions: Strategies to Quantify Business Value

Our own Ted Irani gave a talk at BPMCAMP on strategies to quantify business value. At BPMCAMP we had a lot of content about building practical solutions with BPM, but this one was all about how to put the business

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Dear Austin: More TSA Agents on Staff Please!

If there’s one good leading indicator of a city’s business and economic health, it has to be air travel.  July is peak travel in Austin in most years (my guess: Austinites vacating the heat!), and this year is no different. 

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Barriers to BPM: The Little Red Wagon Effect

[This is the third in a series on the Barriers to BPM adoption] If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.  The little red wagon is working, so no one touches it. When it finally breaks down, there’s likely major work

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Student Loan Genius and the White House

Someone at work showed this video to me the other day, and I thought I’d share.  We work with these guys to enable our team members to organize and pay down their student debt- and I believe we were their

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Barriers to BPM: The Bowflex Coat Rack Effect

[Second in a series on the Barriers to BPM, sharing our stories from the field and remedies] Companies, like people, want a quick fix.  When we want to lose weight, we’d rather take a pill that promises a quick fit

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Eight years

Eight is a lucky number in China.  When my wife’s company had its eighth anniversary she rented a cupcake food trailer and drove to 8 stops around town (customers’ addresses) and delivered custom cupcakes!  We’re not quite as hip at

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Last year's Trilogy Effect panel

SXSW Panel Picker Voting

I don’t have a panel proposed for SXSW-interactive this year, but if you’re looking to support great panels, here are two sources of great lists of panels: 1. A set of panels by Trilogy Alumni, sure to be good speakers

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Austin’s 2015 Fast 50 Announced: the 50 fastest-growing companies in Austin

Every year the Austin Business Journal covers the Fast-50:  fifty of the fastest growing private companies in Austin.  Over the last 7-8 years, Austin has also been the strongest economy within which those fast companies are thriving. We’re proud to

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The Value of T-Shirts at BPMCAMP

We printed some great t-shirts for BPMCAMP, and then coincidentally I saw a post that made the topic worth writing about on the blog as well. Just recently local Austin entrepreneur Joshua Baer posted on Medium on the subject of

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Amazon, Meet San Marcos

So San Marcos just landed a big warehouse from Amazon.  This will help diversify the local economy which is pretty dependent on Texas State San Marcos, and on the huge set of outlet malls. “Amazon’s corporate leadership has accepted an

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BPMCAMP Sessions: Bob Golladay, IBM, and BP3

To open day 2 of BPMCAMP, we had the pleasure of welcoming Bob Golladay, the IBM Smarter Process Leader for Europe.   We wanted to bring Bob to our event for two reasons:  first, because Bob has been instrumental in

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Barriers to BPM: Sophomore Effect

[First in a series on the Barriers to BPM, sharing our stories from the field and remedies] So your first project was a success. Your team toughed it out, and overcame all the challenges to get that first deployment live

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BPMCAMP Sessions: BPM Trends Kickoff

Our CEO, Lance Gibbs, kicked off BPMCAMP with his insights into BPM trends based on the last year’s worth of conversations with customers, prospects, and partners. “intelligent BPM” is impacting customer experience, but isn’t reaching mainstream capability yet. Inhibitors are

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BP3 in the ABJ: Best Places to Work Profile

The Austin Business Journal has been running daily articles on the Best Places to Work in Austin, and last week it was BP3’s turn, most of the text below: Describe your company’s workplace: Our culture isn’t about the ping pong

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Brazos UI – the best UI in BPM? Signs point to yes

At BPMCAMP recently we spent a lot of time reviewing great user interfaces in BPM and how to build them.  Several of our sessions focused on what a great UI looks like for BPM and what it means.  Of course

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Proud of our 2015 Interns

Our 2015 Interns represented well. This year they worked together to expand the scope of Brazos Portal’s compatibility with enterprise software like Asana and Rally.  They also worked out an interesting Apple Watch notification framework.  Both of which demo’ed really

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The Laws of BPM

Great tongue-in-cheek (?) post from Alexander Samarin on the Laws of BPM. Some of it is inside-baseball funny, and some of it is just plain perceptive.  I’d like to add a couple additional laws: 13th Law of BPM BPM will

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Oh the Places You’ll Go

We started BP3 in 2007, and bootstrapped it from just the two of us, to a team, to a company.  We used to quote Blues Brothers on a regular basis, “putting the band back together”…. because we felt like we

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Differentiation, and Switching

During a growing market you often can’t differentiate between the vendors as easily. They all appear to be doing well and growing, and so growing ceases to be an interesting indicator of winning.  And it is difficult for new customers

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BPMCAMP Early Returns

  [UPDATE: interested in BPMCAMP 2016?  The sign-up for information is here! ] I’ll have more to post about BPMCAMP as pictures and videos come in, and as I have time to synthesize.  But I’ll just say that it was

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The Value of Being There

In a day and age full of the virtual, perhaps we place a little more value on the personal, and the real. Virtual is better than letters, or email, but it isn’t better than a handshake or a hug, and

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More BPM Coverage and Trends from MWD

Over the last month or two I’ve noticed a few write-ups of BPM firms from MWD: Software AG’s BPM offering, which due to acquisitions is quite broad, though not often described as well-integrated.  “Looking specifically at the BPM platform provided

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Automation and Process

A recent HBR article tackles Automation and its impact on employment and humanity in “Beyond Automation” by Thomas H Davenport and Julia Kirby.  The premise is the concern you can pick up almost anywhere these days: Familiar as she is

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Clarity and Authority

Another article that leans toward founder-CEO as ideal: Product development requires vision. […] [then, quoting Dorsey:] “You should expect Twitter to be as easy as looking out your window to see what’s happening. […] But Twitter can’t just be the

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Filtering and Recruiting

Jocelyn Goldfein once again weighs in on recruiting, with another great post on Medium: “Read Resumes Backward“.  As a Trilogy alum, you can see that recruiting and quality of people is forefront in her mind – and yet she’s open

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BPMCAMP is coming in just two weeks to the Four Seasons in Austin.  And as the content has come together I’m excited to be a fly on the wall in some of these sessions: Redefining the COE given what we’ve

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The ROI is not Enough

From the recent BPM and Case Management Summit in DC, more interesting notes from Sandy Kemsley, concerning ROI (emphasis added): Second day at the BPM and Case Management summit in DC, and our morning keynote started with Jim Sinur —

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Announcing: Brazos UI Enterprise 4

Our BP Labs team has released Brazos UI Enterprise version 4 last week.  I can’t emphasize enough what an awesome bit of engineering and coordination this release represents. Before we get into the details, let me just say how proud

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