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Best Donuts in Austin

Now this is “Best” list I can get excited about: Austin’s best donut shops.  Of course, like almost any other delicious unhealthy food, Austin has quite a few good donut shops:Voodoo DonutLittle Lucy’sRound Rock DonutsGourdoughs (these barely still qualify as

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Business Applications in the Age of BPM

One of the best articles I’ve seen recently from a BPM analyst was written by Connie Moore.  Having left one of the major research firms, it feels like the kind of writing that might have been on her mind for

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The Stretch Dreamliner for the Win

Just flew to London last week – on the way out it was on an older 777 plane (it feels weird to describe the triple-seven as an older plane, but there you go).  On the way back, the plane was

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IBM Design

In case you thought IBM wasn’t serious about going all-in on Design, this article might persuade you.IBM has made its third acquisition in the space of a week — and its second in Europe — to expand its front-end design

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Austin: 4 Million More?

Apparently the Austin airport is near capacity and plans to expand are underway, to begin this year!Jason Zielinski, senior public information specialist for the city of Austin Aviation Department, said a $350 million expansion project is scheduled to break ground

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Nice Coverage in the ABJ for Austin Startups with Great Culture

The Austin Business Journal covered the recent recognition of 3 Austin Technology companies by Fortune Magazine:AcademicWorks, Square Root and BP3 Global Inc. share a spot on Austin’s tech scene as small, nimble companies developing software to solve clients’ management and

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Press Releases

Alexander Muse says your startup should never issue press releases.  He gives some great reasons why you shouldn’t.Press releases rarely get written about by journalists.  Because they are rarely even *read* by journalists. Massively successful startups apparently never issued a press

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Outcomes vs. Effort

I love this post from Tom Goodwin, on a radical change in how we work, by focusing on outcomes, not busyness. In its most simplistic form, this is “work smarter, not harder”. But Tom steers away from those stereotypes and

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Austin and Startup Funding in the News

Two articles recently covered Austin startup funding.First there’s a report on venture funding from the Austin American-Statesman, which claims a 20% increase in 2015:“A total of 99 Austin-area deals received $740 million last year, according to a survey by PricewaterhouseCoopers

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Predictions for BPM in 2016

I’m not big on making predictions for BPM, but I’ve given in to the impulse from time to time.  Usually when people are making predictions, at some level they’re talking their own book.  In the sense that I’m bullish on

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Thoughts on the Tech Bust

Sam Altman wrote something two months ago that is even more interesting to revisit now that markets have corrected significantly.  He posited that perhaps instead of being in a bubble, we were actually in a bust.  His words would probably

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BPM Patterns: Replacing Systems

John Reynolds, now at BP3, previously wrote this post on LinkedIn on replacing core business features over time.  In the context of legacy systems, replacing core business features is a much more complicated proposition.  Effectively you’re stepping into the territory,

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ABJ: BP3 Global CEO steps down, replaced by co-founder

The Austin Business Journal has covered our management change at BP3.  Now, if they knew Lance better, they would never suggest that he can be replaced.  But I will do my best to succeed Lance as CEO, to carry on

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For Release: BP3 Global CEO Lance Gibbs Moves to Chairman Position

BP3 Global CEO and co-founder, Lance Gibbs, is stepping into a new role as Chairman of BP3 after nine years as CEO. Lance brought over 20 years of experience in IT and strategic business initiatives to BP3, and has led

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Requirements Failures for Major BPM Initiatives

Texas hasn’t had much luck lately with state-sponsored software projects.  In some cases, working software can be turned off if it was found that procurement processes were undermined.  In a case recently coming to light, Texas is doubling down on

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Raising Money in Austin

There are two common themes regarding Austin and startups over the last 5+ years:Austin is a great place to start a companyYou can’t raise money in AustinIt seems like these two themes would be mutually exclusive, but they’re not.  They

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Thoughts on Performance Reviews and Organizational Innovation

We do a few things unconventionally at BP3.  And people who work here probably have heard me, at one time or another, advocate that you can over-think the innovation in your company when you try to innovate too much with

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7 Vendor Selection Failure Modes in BPM

Vendor selection for major projects has never been easy – whether they are BPM projects or not.  It’s even more difficult in State governments where there are many rules for participating in state contracts and state projects.  These rules effectively

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Culture and Business Models

Does culture dictate which business models will be winning ones for a company?  Or does the business model dictate which cultures can be successful?In a post on “Killer Cultures” by Jean-Louis Gassée, he explores how different culture can be between

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2015: Year in Review

It’s feels like a bit of a broken record to say that 2015 was a good year for BPM and BP3 – but a good year it was.  BPM continues to penetrate the corporate landscape, and continues to generate ROI

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Shrink to Grow, or Focus on Cost of Sales?

Interesting article from John Gannon, covering a talk by Joe Liemandt, CEO of Trilogy. The conference was dedicated to low-touch sales models, and featured Joe as someone who could share his experiences in converting companies to this approach.First John catches

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Thoughts on the Forrester Wave for BPM

Back in November the Forrester Wave came out.  You can find it in various interesting places if you’re willing to pay with your registration info! The high level picture doesn’t change much of the thinking in the market, currently, putting

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Small Businesses vs. Startups

Love this article. Key passage:“If you do want to grow, you’ll have a much better chance of doing it from a position of power with a successful, profitable smaller company. When you already have an established product and cash-flow, you’re

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Bring on the Ping Pong Tables

I loved this article from Alexander Muse, partly because I wasn’t sure what to expect when I started reading it.  First, the question for Quora:“I’m a 21-year-old CEO of a startup with eight guys. My developers sometimes spend all day

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Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas to our team members, customers, and partners! I hope everyone has the opportunity to take a little break from making great business processes and to spend more time with family and friends.  I especially want to thank our

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Thank you to Julie Huls and ATC

In the last six years Austin has been through an evolution – some might say a transformation.  All through that time, our unemployment rate has tracked a full point less than Texas, and two points less than the US average. 

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Marriott Bought Starwood Last Month

This might have slipped below your radar if you’re not a frequent traveler like I am, but Starwood just agreed to be purchased by Marriott International:A merger between Marriott International and Starwood Hotels and Resorts will yield the largest hotel

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ABJ: Fast-growing software maker expands Austin HQ again

The Austin Business Journal just ran another article covering BP3:BP3 Global Inc., a maker of business process management software, is increasing the size of its headquarters by 50 percent.The Austin company is expanding it’s Plaza 7000 office on North MoPac

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In-depth Look at Roles

I like Keith Swenson’s post on the subject of Roles because it is a topic that rarely gets this kind of vendor-agnostic deep-dive. In the case of a business process, the use of roles is pretty obvious.  If you are modeling

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Texas BBQ

This.When people say “Texas-style,” they mean “Central Texas-style”Another article on the beautify of Texas-style BBQ, which seems to have claimed the BBQ crown in recent years.They say everything’s bigger in Texas and barbecue is no exception. Barbecue tradition runs deep

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Blogs Worth Reading

This isn’t my list, I’m pointing readers to Alberto Manuel’s list of Blogs Worth Reading 2015. Here is the list of BPM blogs I think worth reading for inspiration purposes. More than a hall of fame, make a reflection on how

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Announcing: Brazos UI Enterprise 4.6.0

Brazos UI Enterprise released version 4.5.1 just 3 weeks ago, and today we’re announcing version 4.6.0.If you’re a Brazos UI Enterprise customer, just look here for the latest release notes. Our team was busy with a raft load of refinements

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The ROI on ROI

Thanks to a colleague at BP3 for bringing this to my attention – an article from Quartz on the DuPont invention that changed business forever. Of all the inventions US chemical giant DuPont has given the world—Lycra, Teflon, Kevlar, Freon, Lucite,

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Value of Partnership: Maps

There was a time when Google and Apple seemed like two peas in a pod, destined to create great things together – great devices and great web services.  But then Google pursued building a competing phone operating system (and phones!),

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Operating Businesses and ISO 9000

Interesting post on Medium with a provocative title: “I sat down with a millionaire who operates 10 businesses while sailing around the world with his family“.  It’s a good read with some good advice.Each of the 10 businesses on its

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Oh the Irony

Not too long ago over on BPM.com there was a discussion that started with a question:“Are Business Processes One of the Biggest Obstacles to Innovation?”Of course, normally the answer would be no.  Unless you’re talking about “processes” implemented in SAP

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Welcome Back, John

They say you can’t go home again.  But for Lombardi alumni and BP3, it isn’t true.  Not every person we hire writes a blog post about it, but John Reynolds did. After stints at Lombardi and IBM, John worked with

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Sometimes Startup Advice is Really Good

Sometimes the advice offered to startups is really good, as in this piece by Fred Wilson on Growth vs. Retention (emphasis added).Entrepreneurs always ask what the one number they should focus on for raising money. I always say “90 day

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IBM’s C-Suite Research

IBM software shows up on every analyst scoreboard there is.  But IBM does some pretty interesting research in its own right, and a recent report on its C-suite global study is quite interesting indeed, well worth the read.Key points to

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Automation, Jobs, and the ROI Water Level

You can’t focus as much as we do on process innovation and improvement without also thinking about what can be automated and what belongs in the domain of human judgment.  In BPM is Everywhere, we argued that in spite of

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Announcing: New Brazos Portal Release

Brazos Portal v1.11.1 is now available for download. Customers who have Brazos Portal support can find their customized Brazos Portal v1.11.1 build in their custom download articles which can be found here.This release of Brazos Portal includes bug fixes and

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For Release: BP3 Global and Wythe Solutions Announce Resale Partnership

For Release: BP3 Global and Wythe Solutions Announce Resale PartnershipBP3 Global, worldwide leader in Business Process Management (BPM) software and services, announced today a partnership with Wythe Solutions, an IBM Advanced Business Partner.AUSTIN, TEXAS (PRWEB) NOVEMBER 16, 2015BP3 Global (http://www.bp-3.com),

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Take Aways from ABJ Tech Titans

One more post from the Tech Titans event write-up in the ABJ, just on my personal takeaways.First, there’s a great bench of talent in Austin.  There are many great technologists who weren’t nominated and are deserving of recognition, more so

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Revisiting the Effect of the Dot-Com Bust on Austin

What a great retrospective the Austin Business Journal has published on the dot-com bust in Austin, back in 2000-2001. The after-affects were felt through 2004. For those who doubt how hot it was: Unemployment was 2.1% in Austin – it is currently

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Sushi in Austin

In a list of the 21 best sushi restaurants in America, would you expect to see Austin? Maybe.  Maybe not.How about two Austin restaurants listed at #1?  Because that’s what just happened. Uchi and Uchiko coming in at #1 on the

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Tech Flash Titans: Full Profiles Posted

In the latest issue of the Austin Business Journal, the full profiles for the Tech Flash Titans recently awarded were published. You can see our press release here.  I love the title and subtitle:  “A New Kind of Process Server:

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Simpler BPMN

BPMN Simplification is a holy grail in some circles, so I couldn’t resist posting and linking to Marco Brambilla’s blog on the topic here.In practice, we often use much less of the BPMN spec than is really there.  Someone could

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Making Time

The other night I worked late at the office – it wasn’t the first time and it won’t be the last – sometimes I’m the last one out the door. At some point around 6:30pm or so one of our

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So this happened… at the ABJ TechFlash Titans

I have to say, I’m very honored to receive the award for 2015 Best CIO/CTO from the Austin Business Journal and its judges.  The ceremony and reception were held at what was once the renowned music venue, La Zona Rosa,

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Low Code Musings

John Reynolds recently posted to LinkedIn on the topic of Low Code, and I’ve been meaning to circle back to it ever since.John starts by quoting Rob Marvin:“According to research firm Forrester, which coined the term low-code, the driving factor

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