Category Archive for "Reviews"

No Communication, No Innovation

I came across an article with a familiar theme today, “Innovation.” I have a set of periodicals that I frequent online to keep up to date with various subject matter and innovation as a topic is about as widespread as

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Customer Experience and BPM

Forrester’s Clay Richardson, Craig LeClair and others published a report titled “Predictions 2015: The Age of The Customer is Set to Disrupt The BPM Market“… The premise for the article is that customer-centricity is disrupting the BPM market, and changing

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Thoughts on MWD’s Predictions for BPM in 2014

I missed this post first time around, but just ran across Neil Ward-Dutton and MWD’s take on BPM in 2014.  It is a good quick read, along with a report that you can download with a subscription.  If I may

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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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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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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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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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Is BPM Dead? Appian says No

Appian reported results for Q4 and 2012 that indicate BPM is anything but dead.  We already knew it wasn’t dead for IBM and Pega, but it isn’t even dead for the independent software vendors like Appian!  Of course, they are

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BlueworksLive Updates – October and December

While no one was looking, IBM has continued to ratchet up the functionality available in BlueworksLive.  In the October 2012 release: Improvements to navigating and filtering The layout algorithm has been improved, with better support for parallel flows.  This is

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You Should Read MWD

If you’re interested in BPM or on of the other research areas that MWD focuses on, you should be reading their research.  There’s a personal subscription that is affordable for most executives and marketing professionals, and I’d recommend that our

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Bosch and the MQ

Bosch software was kind enough to respond to a comment in my post from a few weeks ago, in which I stated: It is interesting to see a “big” company take an innovative approach to putting an offering together –

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The Shaving Process and Dollar Shave Club

I just had to give Dollar Shave Club a try.  The tongue-in-cheek video and simple buying process appealed to me as a customer and as a process guy. So I gave it a spin.  Dollar Shave Club says their razors

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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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MWD covers DST’s BPMS

MWD consistently produces some of the best research in the BPM market.  So it is no surprise when they get good coverage of a product that doesn’t get much coverage otherwise: Although neither DST nor its process platform AWD have

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Is This the Consensus? “The Real iPad”

Dan Frommer declares the iPad Mini “The Real iPad” in his review of it after 24 hours of use: My take after spending a bunch of the weekend with the iPad mini: This is the real iPad. With the exception

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Talk About Restaurants

The land of “culinary startup” seems to be Austin, Texas – we’re not just the live music capital, nor just silicon hills… The Statesman just released a list of the top 50 restaurants.  I’ve been to (almost) all of them,

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The Solid Watch

I joined the solid watch project as a backer way back when.  More than a year ago it was finally funded – at over $100,000 raised.  The designs looked really interesting, so I took a chance. I didn’t realize at

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Sandy’s Turn: IBM BPM Analyst Day

So we’ve covered Jim Sinur’s thoughts, and we’ve covered Bruce Silver’s.  Now it is time to take a look at what Sandy Kemsley had to say about it. The short version: Sandy gives the overall approach of analyst day and

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Bruce’s IBM BPM Update

Although Bruce takes the update much too seriously… he has a nice writeup of the event – The core values instilled by the Lombardi takeover of IBM BPM – simplified portfolio, business-user focus, unified look and feel, team collaboration, social

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About that Weighting in the Gartner 2012 MQ for iBPMS, Part 3

This is part 3, and probably the last in the series on the Gartner Magic Quadrant on Intelligent Business Process Management Suites. The three Vendors That Matter are: Pegasystems Appian IBM Roughly in that order in terms of how Gartner

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Reactions to the new Gartner iBPMS Magic Quadrant, part 1

Author’s Note: This is part 1 of a write-up on reactions to the Gartner Magic Quadrant.  It seems enough of a change to warrant more than one post.  I saw the new Gartner Magic Quadrant for BPM – correction, Intelligent

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Column 2 and AWD

Following up on her excellent coverage of ISIS Papyrus, Sandy Kemsley had another great scoop in covering DST Technologies’ conference, and specifically covering AWD, their BPM offering. As Sandy says: AWD from DST Technologies is one of those well-kept secrets

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Fun with @Lytro

Always a sucker for interesting new tech, I  pre-ordered a Lytro camera last year.  It finally showed up yesterday. Recommending the Lytro:Really interesting takes on camera technology only come around so often.  Light Field just seemed like one of those

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BlueworksLive Update – December 2011

IBM has released a new update to BlueworksLive, on December 17th.  We had a preview just two days before it went live to discuss some of the thought behind the features. What interests me isn’t just the outcome but the

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A Short Review of Cosmonaut

(Editors note: this is part product review, part examination of a new process emerging) Well, we know Steve Jobs was not a big fan of the stylus.  And I’m happy Apple didn’t design touch interfaces that required them.  But like

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Whose Cloud is it?

Interesting review from John Reynolds, of the Kindle Fire.  He’s underwhelmed mainly by the form factor, and the lack of access to non-Amazon content. People often criticize Apple as having a “walled garden” – but if you read the following

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IBM Fulfilling BPMN 2.0 Promises?

Bruce Silver reports that IBM is following through on its promises with respect to BPMN 2.0 in its next release, IBM BPM 7.5.1, which ships this week. Not that IBM is covering EVERY corner of BPMN 2.0, but it is

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Bruce Silver Reviews IBM BPM 7.5

Bruce has left no stone un-turned in his review of IBM BPM 7.5.  In his words: IBM is the big dog in the BPMS landscape.  BPM 7.5 combines the old WebSphere Lombardi Edition and WebSphere Dynamic Process Edition (aka Process

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New BlueworksLive Features

I missed this update due to a busy work schedule last month, but the September update to BlueworksLive has a few interesting tidbits: Better Word document export options (allows including subprocess details, and increases the amount of detail available on

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In Case You Missed it: Sandy's Coverage of Progress Revolution

About a month ago, Sandy Kemsley attended Progress Revolution – first giving an intro-to-BPM course and then blogging about the sessions she attended.  The whole series of posts is worth reading, and I thought a few highlights from her coverage

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IBM BPM on z/OS #bpm #ibmbpm

Sandy Kemsley reported on a briefing with IBM regarding BPM on z/OS a few weeks ago.  It’s a great write-up of the content. I know that it initially took Lombardi folks by surprise how much interest and momentum there would

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SAP = BPM? Revisited

Never one to let a chance to say “I told you so” pass me by, I thought we should recap coverage of this year’s SAP TechEd 2011 in Las Vegas.  I’m not surprised by the lukewarm reactions to the BPM

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Interesting Read on Self-Organizing (Business) Networks

Keith Swenson just put out an interesting blog post on Self-Organizing Business Networks– there’s a focus on what makes for enterprise social software, and what the “social” part really means.  But this particular bit caught my attention: Most current systems

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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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SXSWi's Content Picking Process

SXSW-interactive fully exposes its process for selecting panels and sessions to attendees. I’m not sure what the genesis of this crowd-sourced way of planning content was, but the effect is remarkable. It starts with nominating ideas.  Then there’s a round

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Activiti Designer 5.7 Released

Activiti keeps rolling with its incremental releases – impressively so.  In this release, we see new quick-edit capabilities in the Activiti Designer (essentially, it looks like it let’s you model original process / user tasks in the designer directly, skipping

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MWD on PegaSystems and PegaWorld

Pega has has impressive financial performance over the last few years, as Neil Ward-Dutton documents: The company is currently publishing full-year revenue guidance of around $430m for 2011 – up from $330m or so last year – which means it’s

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BlueworksLive May 2011 Update

Another incremental update from the BlueworksLive team.  The key features: Tagging – generally just giving you an easier way to find things created in BlueworksLive. Better visibility to activity within a space APIs for provisioning and de-provisioning (admin). Of course,

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MWD's Coverage of Progress' Analyst Day

Good coverage of Progress’ analyst day by Neil Ward-Dutton: My concern at the previous year’s event was that Progress was in danger of painting itself into a corner: by highlighting RPM as the “next step beyond BPM”, it was in

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How to Select BPM Services Firms #BPM11

Michele Cantara gave a rapid fire session on the last day of Gartner BPM 2011, covering how to leverage Services firms to gain expertise for your BPM efforts.  As with most presentations there was plenty to agree with, but I’m

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A Quick Review of Gartner BPM 2011 Write-ups #BPM11

There were several blogs about Gartner BPM 2011, capturing overall impressions.  From ebizQ, Ann Stuart reviews the keynotes (including this quote from Daryl Plummer): –Visibility is critical: “If you can’t see it, you can’t fix it. You probably don’t even

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The Great Case Management Debate that Wasn't #BPM11

I was interested to see the “Great Case Management Debate” at Gartner’s BPM 2011 conference.  After all, it has been quite the topic, ever since Keith Swenson put his weight behind the ACM moniker more than a year ago. But

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Sandy Kemsley Reviews Bruce Silver's BPMN Training

Good review of Bruce’s training: There are few people who have this depth of BPMN knowledge, and Bruce is the only one who I know who is doing this as a professional trainer: his is the only BPMN course that

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Beauty is in the Eye of the Beholder with IBM BPM 7.5 #ibmimpact

The early reviews of IBM BPM 7.5 were out last week, while IBM Impact was still in full swing.  It seems that the analysts in attendance were of differing opinions about the strength of IBM’s update to 7.5 – with

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Penny for Your Thoughts (IBM BPM 7.5)

Much has now been written about IBM BPM 7.5.  We’ve blogged about it before Impact, and we’ve obliquely referenced it since Impact.  And we’ve enjoyed reading all the other reviews out there. So we won’t rehash the feature by feature,

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Caterpillar on stage for IBM at #IBMImpact Day 1

Joe Heller, CIO of Caterpillar, gave an outstanding lesson in lasting business partnerships at IBM’s Impact conference on Day 1 (Monday, April 11th, 2011).  Joe was highly quotable (“There is dirt in the wrong place all over the world, and

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Phil Introduces IBM BPM to #IBMImpact on Day 2

Day 2 of IBM Impact started off well.  I went down to breakfast and sat with a senior member of IBM technical staff, as well as a few gentlemen visiting from Farmer’s Insurance.  Good conversation over a light breakfast, followed

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Carrying the BPMN Interchange Torch

Bruce Silver is still carrying the torch for BPMN2 interchange – thank goodness someone is- and has yet another update to explain the ins and outs of “valid” models. That means an interoperability validation tool needs to test, in addition

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Blueworks Live Update, April 2011

The new Blueworks Live update came out over the weekend, and we took it for a test drive.  My impressions were pleasantly positive – this is a more substantial improvement than the last go ’round, and in this case there

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New Blueworks Live Release Coming

On April 2nd, IBM is releasing another Blueworks Live update.  From the description on their blog, it sounds interesting, but we’ll be back on this space with a hands-on review once it is live.  From the blog, they’re introducing a

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