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The intersection of Lean Startup and Design Thinking

Stanford’s Graduate School of Business publication ran a great article about leveraging both Design Thinking and Lean Startup.  And who better to opine on this than the university that partially gave rise or impetus to both. In the world of entrepreneurial

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Collaboration in Documents

Matt Richman posted some interesting statistics on his blog, namely:When students write papers by themselves, only 12 percent use Google Docs. But when students write papers in groups — when they collaborate — 78 percent use Google Docs. On the

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Happy Thanksgiving 2016!

We have a lot to be thankful for this year, as the Thanksgiving Holiday arrives. On Monday we had a great potluck with our team at the office.  Yesterday our team joined HEB in packing 14,000 meals for the Feast

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Stanford: Incubator with Dorms?

Steve Blank recently asserted that Stanford is basically “an incubator with dorms“.  That sounded a bit contentious until I read the article.  He’s right.There are 145 entrepreneurship courses offered at Stanford today.  That’s unbelievable. There might not have been any

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Thoughts on 10x Growth

Jason Cohen, founder of WP Engine, has a brilliant take on the age old question of startups “How do we 10x?”.  As he says, “a great question when a startup is young. Does it always remain the right question?”He takes

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The Austin American-Statesman Weighs in on the Best Places to Work in Austin

We’ve heard from Fortune and the ABJ, and now the Austin American-Statesman weighs in as part of their Sunday edition.  The methodology and approach to evaluating may be different but the results are consistent:  BP3 is rated the top small

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Human Capital

I’m a big believer in human capital.  I always have been.  And that value system was reinforced by my time at Stanford and in my first two jobs after college.  At BP3, we’ve built a business based on people. And

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Last Week

Last week BP3 attended 3 events in 3 countries to meet with customers, prospects, and partners.  And of course our team was visiting a multitude of customers and prospects as well.There are moments in your company’s life when you realize

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Austin and Formula 1

Few were more surprised than I was that Formula 1 came to Austin a few years ago.  It just seemed like a pipe dream in the days before – unlikely to really come to fruition.F1 in Austin had a rough

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The ABJ Fast 50 2016: BP3 is in the Top Ten

For the sixth year in a row, BP3 is in the Austin Fast 50 list, published by the Austin Business Journal. This year we returned to the top 10 in the “Over $10M” category – a great achievement for a

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The Feedback Loop

At BP3 one of the core tenets of our approach to developing our team is to provide feedback – early and often – operating under the theory that a short feedback loop is much more useful than getting feedback more

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Coverage of the IBM #ProcessTransformation Event

This week the attention may be turned to World of Watson, but last week it was all about Digital Transformation and BPM: Process Transformation. James Taylor took a turn at blogging the Process Transformation event last week – an intimate

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Process Transformation

IBM hosted a Process Transformation event this week, bringing together top customers, partners, and IBM executives and product leaders into one space to talk about what’s happening and what’s next. The event featured keynote talks from Neil Ward-Dutton of MWD Advisors,

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A Great Place to Work

BP3 has been a great place to work for me since 2007.  And what makes it a great place to work for me?  The fantastic team I get to work with every day.As we’ve grown, one of the great joys

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FOR RELEASE: BP3 – A TOP TEN BEST PLACE TO WORK!

Austin, Texas — BP3 Global (http://www.bp-3.com), a global provider of business process and decision management software and services has been named eighth in Fortune’s “2016 Best Small Workplaces” list.Fortune revealed its full list of Best Small & Medium Companies at

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Investing: a Story of Culture and Values

We’re new to the idea of having investors in BP3, and still adjusting.  So far it has been a great process.  One of the milestones was attending our investors’ limited partner gathering, to which they invite their limited partners (effectively

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Austin Culture: Export of the Future?

With the advent of South by South Lawn (SXSL) last week, followed by the Great Places to Work conference coming to Austin this week, the topic of Austin exporting its culture comes to mind. To my thinking, Austin has become

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14 Austin Startups to Watch

Nice post here on Techspace: 14 Austin Startups to Watch in 2017.  I sure hope they’re right, as we’re on the list!“BP3Business process management company BP3 uses data and insights derived to help companies innovate their business process. From helping

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The Five Most Important Considerations for Application Development Monitoring

Our very own David Rosen wrote a nice post over on the IBM Middleware User Community forum on the subject of Application Development Monitoring: A follower of the martial art Tang Soo Do cannot earn a black belt. The highest

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Outside the Valley

A few fascinating articles have been published recently about software developers and software talent.  Quartz weighs in recently with the discovery that 90% of software developers work outside of Silicon Valley.It isn’t just that the jobs are spread out… there

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Let’s Talk Espresso

Austin is home to some fantastic coffee shops (and roasters).  The Austinot published a story over the summer relating interviews with four top baristas in Austin.  I’ve been to two of the four coffee shops depicted – Houndstooth and Epoch

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Brazos UI 5 Released!

Today BP3 proudly announces the latest update to the industry’s leading UI toolkit for the IBM Business Process Manager coach framework.  It is no surprise to our readers that Brazos remains the most popular user interface framework for IBM BPM. 

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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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Making Developers and Business Users Happy with IBM BPM and Case Management

[Editor’s note: this guest post from Ivan Kornienko, our Director of UI/UX, is a good sample of the content we build and share with our customers] Starting with version 8.5.7, IBM BPM has evolved to make Case Management a core

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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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Visualizing Process, BP3 Style

[Note from Scott Francis: At BP3 we’re always thinking about how to create more value for our customers via process-thinking.  More recently we’ve been applying some great insights with visualization, data science, and user experience design.  The intersection of these

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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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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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