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Startups and IT Buyers

The Wall Street Journal recently wrote “Tech Startups Struggle to Close Deals with IT Buyers” – and it is a compelling read:Yet startup products and services for enterprises, while more accepted than a few years ago, still face significant resistance

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Tech Votes Austin

We’re proud to support Tech Votes Austin – a new organization in 2016 to motivate tech companies to get their employees registered to vote and participating in the process. And while most of the news is focused on the national

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Another Austin Tech Awakening

The Austin Tech community has been awakened by a year of setbacks in tech policy, according to the American Genius:Enter 2016, the year that the tech sector loudly lamented what they felt was a local government that worked against innovation,

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No Heroes Here

I love this post by Fred Wilson of Union Square Ventures:  “Understanding VCs“.  He was reacting to a tweet by Joe Fernandez: “too many young entrepreneurs talk about vc’s like they’re heroes and their blog posts are scripture” – Joe FernandezAnd

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Baseline: BPM Makes Carlsberg Danmark More Efficient

Kenneth Lindegaard’s article in Baseline spent much of the week last week on the front page, describing how Carlsberg Denmark (Danmark) achieves efficiencies with BPM.  Carlsberg Danmark has been a BP3 customer for a couple of years now, and it

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BP3 in the Austin Small Business Essentials Event

Salesforce hosted a small business essentials event in Austin recently, and our very own Ted Irani represented BP3 on the panel.  It was great to see a couple friends on that panel – Clint Smith of CareerPlug (a great recruiting

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Top 50 Private Companies in Austin

Ranked by Revenue, the ABJ recently covered the top 50 private companies in Austin.  It’s a pretty interesting list – with Dell topping it at $58 Billion in revenue… And you can learn a bit about Austin’s economy by looking

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Growth vs. Excellence

Generally speaking people believe that there is a tension between growth and excellence.  It makes a certain intuitive sense – the number of people that are top 10% doesn’t change very much over time, for example.  In business, this often

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Proud of our 2016 Interns!

Our 2016 Intern program was fantastic. We had a bigger crew this year and they flexed their muscle to advance our Brazos Portal product and to explore some interesting ideas of their own. And they look great in cowboy boots.Our

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Nine Years and Counting

Today marks my 9th anniversary of full-time work at BP3.  I can’t believe it is 9 years, it has happened so fast.  We went from coffee conversations to a 100+ person organization worldwide in what seems like a blink of

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6 Years in the Austin Fast 50 List: 2016 ABJ Fast 50 Announced

Every year the Austin Business Journal covers the Fast-50:  fifty of the fastest growing private companies in Austin.  Over the last 8-9 years, Austin has also been the strongest economy within which those fast companies are thriving. We’re proud to announce

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Raise Your Hand

One of the banes of time and materials consulting is over-running estimates.  Many consulting companies win business by bidding low and then running change orders or cost overruns to extract more dollars out of the project for the originally agreed

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BPMCAMP: Our Cup Runneth Over

We had a pretty special week in Austin last week. We hosted our global team and select customers for BPMCAMP. And I couldn’t be happier with the final product.  It just gets better every year.By way of background, this is

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Austin is a Great place to Grow a Business

I just saw an article in the Austin Business Journal – apparently CNBC has named Austin the #1 city for startups:Owing to its entrepreneurial bent, the quality of its labor pool and its booming population, Austin has been ranked by

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Paper Time Sheets?

The City of Austin is a wonderful place, but apparently the City government is keeping track of time sheets on paper.  For the last 17 years. AUSTIN (KXAN) — The City government’s 17-year-old, paper-based time keeping system has drawn the ire

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Funding in Austin, and Our Experience

Much has been made of the funding climate in Austin over the last 6 months or more.  Further, much as been made of Austin’s City Council’s relationship with high tech, given its policies regarding TNCs (ride hailing) and STRs (Short

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Culture: SaaS Companies and the Stall

Jason Lemkin’s post about SaaS companies stalling out at $20M s a good read. In it, he uses a fictional company that is growing 14% a month on a $5M base of annual recurring revenue to make a point about

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Unicorns and Customer Support

Lauren Smiley wrote a truly great piece on the trend of unicorn “startups” sending their customer service departments to far flung parts of the United States in “Congratulations, We’re Moving Your Department to Tennessee.”It does a great job of describing

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Speaking of Culture: Boots

Culture is partly about tradition.  At BP3 we have a few intern traditions that I really love.  We try to keep the interns guessing but if they read the archives on the blog, or talk to friends, they’ll know about

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Culture: Unlimited Vacation

A recent article in the Austin American-Statesman touts the “unlimited vacation” benefits that some Austin tech companies provide.  BP3 happens to be one of those companies, though we weren’t covered in the article.“Indeed is one of a number of Austin

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BP3 News Roundup

Obviously we’re pretty excited to get great coverage from local and other media outlets on our recent funding.  It’s always fun to take time to share your good news with others, and see them take an interest.  Other sources included:Built

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A Big Day for our Team

For nine years we’ve run BP3 for our team and our customers, funded only by the fruits of our own labor and the profits of our own enterprise.  Bootstrapping a business is incredibly rewarding. It presents constraints that challenge you

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Austin American-Statesman: Austin-based business software maker collects millions for expansion

It’s an honor to be covered in our home-town paper, the Austin American-Statesman, with respect to our news about raising money to invest in growing our business. Lori Hawkins, who has covered the tech sector for the Statesman so well

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For Release: With $10 million investment, BP3 Global catches the third wave of enterprise software disruption

For Release: With $10 million investment, BP3 Global catches the third wave of enterprise software disruptionAustin, Texas – BP3 Global, the leading provider of business process and decision management (BPM) software and services, has taken a $10-million investment from Nashville,

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The Shaving Process and Dollar Shave Club, Revisited

Dollar Shave Club is back in the news thanks to a blockbuster deal selling the firm to Unilever for $1 Billion.  We even wrote about Dollar Shave Club on this blog back in 2012, commenting on the effect of the

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Flying from Austin to Frankfurt

I predict more business between Austin and Germany if early signs for the new direct flight Condor is running between Austin and Frankfurt are any indications.  Several friends have already bought tickets, and Condor is reporting locally their intention to

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Decision Management and DMN in 2016

At bpmNEXT, DMN was everywhere.  DMN is the Decision Modeling Notation backed by OMG and others.  Keith Swenson wrote a blog post on May 10th with the subheading “This is the year for DMN” – and it seems so:The Decision

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Austin has its Groove: Two Interesting Perspectives on Austin Tech

Over the last 24 hours I read two perspectives on Austin that almost perfectly capture the zeitgeist of what’s going on here. First, there’s this piece about Austin being in the top 5 cities for tech talent, as ranked by CBRE,

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Knocking Down the Barriers to Growth

Harvard Business Review’s recent article by Chris Zook puts the spotlight on the greatest barriers to growth for businesses, according to their own executives. It’s a compelling read, and if you work in any business you will recognize the symptoms to

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A Funny Thing Happened at the Apple Store Today

We stopped into the Apple Store in the Domain in Austin to get an iPhone case. Our son immediately ran to the kids table to get some gaming in while my wife and I looked at iPhone cases.After a few

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Sandy Kemsley on the Tibco ActiveMatrix BPM Update

Sandy Kemsley recently attended Tibco’s user conference and covered some of the updates to the BPM portfolio while there:He next gave us a statement of direction on the product lines, including more self-service assessment, proof of concept and purchasing of

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Sandy Kemsley on Camunda BPM 7.5 Release

Sandy Kemsley recently covered Camunda’s BPM 7.5 release on her blog, and as usual gives it pretty comprehensive treatment:I attended an analyst briefing earlier today with Jakob Freund, CEO of Camunda, on the latest release of their product, Camunda BPM

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Looking Under the Hood in BPM

MWD Advisors put up an interesting post about PegaWorld and Pegasystem’s going forward plans as discussed at the conference.  There was much to agree about in what Pega are doing – like IBM and others, they are now focused on

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BPM Adoption: Deep vs. Wide

Anatoly Belaychuk once again has hit the nail on the head with a post on BPM Maturity Models and the tension between going wide versus going deep with your BPM program maturity:The maturity model comes in many flavors: Gartner has

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Best BBQ in America

Well, this is a topic that never really gets old.  The best barbecue spots in America. Or in Austin.  But let’s get real – Austin has become ground zero for BBQ in America. BBQ appeals to us because it is

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We’re committed to the UK, and we’re committed to Europe

In the Austin American-Statesman on July 1st, Lori Hawkins and Lilly Rockwell ask “What’s next for Austin tech companies after Brexit?“It’s a fair question to ask – because Austin and London tech companies have been forging closer ties for years

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Taking Wellness Seriously

Wellshift’s blog just had a nice call-out to the Austin best places to work who take wellness seriously:Austin Business Journal has announced it’s list of The Best Places to Work in 2016. These winners were picked due to their innovative

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5 Things to consider when selecting a service partner

If you missed Ted Irani’s post on LinkedIn, here’s your chance to read it in full.  Ted’s 5 things to consider should be top of mind for anyone picking a vendor – but in particular a BPM vendor.‘Selecting a delivery

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Algorithm Transparency :: Process Transparency

Jonathan Koren’s post on Algorithm Transparency is a worthy read.  In a world of AI, algorithm, and data science, it would be nice to know what the man behind the curtain is really doing:“AI is not sort of magic pixie

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Why you should Care about Business Process Management

Joshua King published a great post on LinkedIn: “Why every business leader should care about Business Process Management” – in which Joshua lays out just how important BPM can be for modern business leaders.“The Practice of Business Process Management, (or

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Austin’s Best Places to Work in 2016: BP3 Places #2 on the List!

Our team at BP3 has once again voted us to the top of the list for places to work in Austin.  75 companies participated in 4 categories.  We finished #2 this year in the our category (50-249 employees), just behind

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Will Today’s Processes be Sufficient for Tomorrow’s Customer Experience?

Peter Schoof over on BPM.com posits: “Will most of today’s processes not be sufficient for providing the high level of customer services that will be considered standard in the future?”It’s a great discussion that ensues among the BPM cognoscenti. I

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Best Burgers in Austin

Thrillist occasionally produces great content about Austin, and a series of “bests” in Austin has really done well with it.    Recently they posted a list of the 25 burgers to eat before you die (no comment as to whether

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Aging in the Workplace: 3 Myths

In the Austin American-Statesman, I ran across a good article on aging myths in the workplace. In reality, any generalization isn’t going to pre-determine your experience with an aging workforce.  It is the individuals and the culture that determine how

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Indeed, Austin, Trilogy

A nice profile of Chris Hyams showed up in the Sunday Times (UK). The occasion was a visit to Indeed’s Dublin offices.Though not a household name, Indeed is the world’s most-used jobs site, with 180m unique visitors a month from

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BP3 and Student Loan Genius

Plansponsor.com has published a profile of BP3 and our Student Loan Repayment benefits.  It’s great coverage of the benefit that we provide to our employees via another Austin startup, Student Loan Genius. From the article:SOLUTION: Two years ago, Francis heard about

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A Warm Welcome in the Nordics

When people in the past asked me about the value of culture, I likely would have said that good culture was important for any of the following reasons:it makes it a better place to workit makes it easier to recruit

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Two Critical Steps for Success with BPM

What’s the most critical step in producing a successful BPM program? If we consider BPM broadly, and not just the IT project, there are two critical steps that are often overlooked. First, one of the most overlooked steps is getting your BPM

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Offshoring’s Achilles’ Heel

In Sandy Kemsley’s blog, reporting from the PegaWorld conference, she wrote the following:“AmEx used to be a waterfall development shop — which enabled them to offshore a lot of the development work but meant 10-16 months delivery time — but

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Contributing back to the Community

We spend a fair amount of time giving back to the BPM community by sharing our best practices.  But we also like to give back when it comes to our experiences and know-how in other areas. Two recent posts on

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