Category Archive for "BPMS"

Neches Analysis Update

[Editor’s note: 3 days, three product release updates.  Our BP Labs team really focuses on what we preach – iterative improvement, regular release schedules, and disciplined development and testing practices] Neches Analysis runs in the cloud, primarily on IBM’s SoftLayer

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Magic Quadrant Time

(Side Note: Ever notice that “Gartner Magic Quadrant Time” can be chanted to the tune of “Peanut Butter Jelly Time“? ) The real surprise is that Gartner put out another magic quadrant only one year after the previous quadrant.  Gartner

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More Highlights from #IBMInterconnect

I have to share some additional highlights from IBM’s Interconnect conference.  On Monday, after the General Session, I joined several executives from IBM’s European operation and from BP3 for lunch, to continue discussions started in London and Germany.  We’ve been

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BP3 announces BrazosOpen Beta Program

BP3 is pleased to announce the beta availability of BrazosOpen for Activiti. BrazosOpen brings the industry leading user experience technology of Brazos UI for IBM BPM to open source platforms such as Activiti and Camunda.  First announced at last year’s

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Process Management Architecture: Overview of Methods, Features, and Capabilities

[ Editor’s note: This guest post from Gary Samuelson is the first in a series.  Gary is a thought leader in BPM and Architecture, and we’re privileged to be able to share his work here!  Original article linked as well. 

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Alfresco’s Activiti BPM Year in Review

Paul Holmes-Higgin has posted a nice review of Alfresco’s efforts with Activiti on the Alfresco blog. First, some history: Alfresco shook the BPM trees five years ago when it first brought the jBPM team in to build a new open

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Different Ways of Thinking about Business Process Models

I think kudos should go out to the folks who really put effort into thinking about innovations around business modeling.  In fact, Bruce Silver wrote a post that does a pretty good job of capturing the development. At bpmNEXT last

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Bruce Silver: BPMN Messages

Bruce once again writes about a specific element of BPMN.  While others write about more abstract concepts and leave the implications up to the reader to decide on, Bruce continues to write practical treatises on applying BPMN and good modeling

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AQPC Interview: Is Micro-Managing with BPM a Myth?

I was invited to be interviewed by the APQC blog the other day, and the results are now live on their site.  Some favorite quotes ensue: In this quote I was referring to how to ask the right questions to

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The Gantt Chart Strikes Back

Dave Brakoniecki has a great post over on his blog about BP Logix and their idea of treating Time as a “new” dimension in BPM: The article explains the time dimension in the following terms:“BPM solutions have focused on getting

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IBM BPM Coach Views, and IBM BPM with BP3’s Brazos UI Toolkit

IBM has posted a host of useful videos on a few different YouTube channels.  In a recent video, IBM gives an introduction to the CoachView framework introduced in IBM BPM 8x, and continued in subsequent versions. It does a good

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Joins and IBM BPM – Diving Deeper

[Editor’s note: This is another guest-post from Andrew Paier, our Director of BP Labs at BP3.  In this post he’s examining how Joins work in IBM BPM.  There’s quite a bit of material available online about how Joins should work

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BonitaSoft Updates from Last Month: BonitaBPM 6

Like Theo and Neil, I’ve been following Bonitasoft for some time now – as well as other open source projects.  The interesting thing about Bonitasoft, to me, is how it skirts the line between a commercial operation and an open

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The Myth of Micromanaging (with BPM)

I have to admit that the myth of micromanaging as a requirement of BPM is one of those things that just irritates me.  Even more so when people in the ACM community foist that upon the BPM community, of which

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Activiti and the REST API

Congrats to the Activiti team for releasing 5.13, which includes a new REST-API. They redesigned the REST API from scratch, which I think was the right move – thinking about it as a whole instead of separate, independently designed parts:

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Kemsley Covers Activiti BPM Updates

Sandy Kemsley’s Column 2 blog has an update covering new functionality, and new partners, with Activiti BPM: I had a briefing on the latest version of Alfresco’s Activiti BPM a couple of months back, but decided to wait until the

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Another BPM Vendor Acquired

I missed this on the news wire, but luckily MWD was there to pick up the thread, as Informatica buys Active Endpoints: Back on February 15, Informatica almost silently acquired BPM technology specialist Active Endpoints. Although the BPM vendor built

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New Ways to Navigate Work

Clay Richardson of Forrester connects some dots that only analysts covering multiple products would notice – the idea that both IBM and Appian are effectively making it easier for users to navigate complex work without predefined paths: While I like

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Bruce Silver’s Impressions at #IBMImpact

We were pleased to run into Bruce Silver at Impact and he has since posted his impressions of the conference on his blog. Process innovation was a central theme of last week’s IBM Impact conference – it took center stage

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Great First Day at #IBMImpact

We had a great first day at IBM Impact.  The day started off feeling like a bit of a Lombardi reunion as we kept running into people we know from those days.  But it wasn’t long before we were setting

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Process Glue

Great post by Craig Reid on “Process Glue” – Whilst many pieces of software try to package themselves up to service a particular need – an ERP for example fitting the bill for many support processes – a BPMS succeeds

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No Ambiguity, Only Surprises

There are some interesting observations I had coming out of bpmNEXT that didn’t fit neatly into the summary blog post. During ITP Commerce’s presentation at bpmNEXT, they talked at some length about the notion of style in BPMN, and a

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#bpmNEXT: Paul Harmon’s Overview

Paul Harmon of BPTrends gave a great keynote talk to get things started at bpmNEXT.  Sandy has the best coverage of that talk in her own blog. Key take-aways: There’s been a lot of BPM evolution in the past 10

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Forrester Crashing the Party Again

Just when you thought you were safe from Analysts’ judgment, a new Forrester Wave comes out and ranks all the vendors in your space.  Last time it was Gartner’s Magic Quadrant, this time it is Forrester’s Wave. Clay Richardson’s Forrester

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Camunda Branches Out

It has been a flurry of BPM announcements of late.  First, Effektif announces, now Camunda.  Camunda has been a major partner for jBPM and Activiti, and has now branched out to support their own BPM “stack” called Camunda (previously references

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Effektif and the Tom Baeyens BPM Machine

Tom Baeyens, previously a founding member of jBPM and then Activiti, has now started a new firm, Effektif, which will focus on BPM in the cloud.   Gero Decker of Signavio is involved as well as an investor and partner. The

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Why You Need to Talk to BP3 about Migrating to IBM BPM v8

We’ve been noticing a disturbing trend of late among BPM customers migrating from Teamworks 6 (or similar) to IBM BPM v8.  There seems to be a trend that customers are migrating their models but attempting to avoid migrating runtime data.

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BPM Market Size – How Big?

I liked Dave Brakoniecki’s analysis of a Kofax – sponsored report from Forrester with interesting BPM market size numbers: Here are the headlines: I think the BPM numbers are just about what you’d expect from Forrester or one of the

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BPMN 3.0?

EbizQ had to ask the question: “Should there be a BPMN 3.0 and, if so, what additions should it include?” One point of view was that the spec needed to be split into 4 specs, with more targeted purposes and

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Every Once in a While the Tool Matters

Another good post from Anatoly on BPMN pitfalls.  In this post, he discusses a problem of timing, with respect to BPMN messages between processes.  The key example is illustrated by his diagram as follows: A process A sends BPMN message

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Just When You Thought Innovation in BPM was Dead…

This is the year for analyst and blogger coverage of previously little-known BPM software providers.  Or newly formed BPM providers, as you might argue with Bosch Software Innovations, who surprised everyone by showing up on the Gartner MQ report for

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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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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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Great Case for BPM?

George Lawrie of Forrester recently wrote: One pioneer that I interviewed was immensely proud of his lightning roll out of a guerilla app to support his firm’s front office in advising clients on complex product choices. I asked him about

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Sandy Kemsley Reviews CloudExtend

Sandy has published a review of Active Endpoints’ CloudExtend, an extension of the SalesForce platform that ads some BPM capabilities to the SalesForce platform.  Interestingly it looks like it is deployed “alongside” SalesForce as opposed to being “on” the SalesForce

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If You Need to Open Visual Studio to Build a Workflow…

Adam Deane on Business Users and Programmers: But the best differentiator pitch that I’ve heard being used is the “business user oriented” vs “programmer oriented”. The claim is that business users can use the tool. I think it’s a great

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OpenText Picks up Global360

In a surprise (to me) move, OpenText has acquired Global360: Waterloo, Ontario – 2011-07-13 – OpenText (NASDAQ: OTEX, TSX: OTC) announced today it has acquired Global 360 Holding Corporation, a leading provider of process and case management solutions. The acquisition

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MWD on TIBCO and ActiveMatrix BPM

Neil Ward-Dutton and MWD have published a brief piece about TIBCO and ActiveMatrix BPM. There’s a more in-depth assessment available as well, coming down the pike. A couple highlights from his write-up: Revenue was up 25% year-on-year License revenue up

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On The Direction of IBM’s Business Process Manager – Advanced

[Editor’s Note:]  Gary Samuelson joined bp3 full-time in 2011, after years of collaborating on-and-off.  Gary’s been delivering BPM solutions for years, and has been deep into technology development and consulting throughout his career.  We’ll be sharing his blog posts here,

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Application Sprawl?

In an apparent bid to become tomorrow’s ERP system, Appian makes an appeal to “stop application sprawl“. But they perked up when talk started shifting to how Appian could wrap or replace existing point solutions in addition to automating currently

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The BPM "Operator" Profile

I was asked the other day by a consultant from a large provider, “What do I need to know to get into BPM consulting?” So you want to be a BPM Practitioner? “Great, we need all we can get!” Actually, what I

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Pricing a BPMS: It is Still the Wild West

Sandy Kemsley’s blog on BPMS pricing, she points out that pricing is still incredibly opaque.  There’s also a discussion on Quora that she refers to. The problems: Different vendors use different metrics to price (user, process, CPU, PVU, duration, etc.

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New Websphere Lombardi Edition Announced

A few days ago, IBM announced the release of two new versions of Websphere Lombardi Edition: WLE 7.1 for Linux on System z – so you can run the (nearly) latest Lombardi portfolio on a mainframe!  (Note: Phil Gilbert points

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Bruce Silver Reviews Another BPMS

Missed this when it first ran on Bruce’s site, but he now has a review out for DST’s AWD: One of the oldest BPMS’s around is one you may not have heard of: AWD from DST Technologies.  If you send

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"It Just Confirms I'm as Smart as I Thought I Was" part 2

Gartner’s 2010 Magic Quadrant for BPM Suites is out.  As Sandy Kemsley points out, you can almost determine the contents of the report from the requisite vendor press releases (which reminds me of our previous post on the Forrester Wave):

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Should we Blame BPM for a Jobless Recovery?

Max J. Pucher always writes interesting copy on his blog.  And one of his latest, on BPM and the Jobless Recovery, is no exception: Well, I propose that it is the efficiency and cost-cutting mindset also employed in BPMS justifications

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Innovation in BPM is Alive and Well

Well, it wasn’t that long ago when the pure play BPM acquisitions had us all wondering what would happen to the pace of innovation in our corner of the world where business meets IT on a daily basis. But besides

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It isn't Black and White, Can or Can't

Jacob Ukelson is once again pushing email and documents as the way process should happen when it is “design by doing”: The only way “design by doing” can work is if you observe knowlwedge work in its natural setting. That

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Doing by Design vs. Design by Doing

Jim Sinur coined the phrase, and because it has a ring to it, people have picked up on it (perhaps behind Jim’s intent): Doing by Design is the pre-planned definition of a predictable, routine process as traditional BPM suggests.  It

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Gartner has a new BPMS Definition. Next Step: Business Operating System

Adam Deane noticed a change in Gartner’s BPMS Definition: If you compare it to previous BPMS definitions by Gartner (for example in last year’s Magic Quadrant for Business Process Management Suites), you will see two major additions: 1. Document and

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