Payrolls, Wages Up. Austin Especially.

So much for that slowdown. First, auto sales are running at a 17million+ annual clip for May. “Sales of cars and light trucks at an annualized rate reached 17.71 million in May, the strongest level since 2005.” Next, the jobs

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Legislating Competency

“Your goal is to set up the conditions for success.” At BP3 our teams go in and rescue a lot of BPM projects that previously failed to get off the ground with the big generalist consulting firms.  I thought a

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Taking Advice from Analysts

Is there anything better than an analyst firm telling everyone to pivot an industry? Of course, the post was written by Steve Wood, who has an axe to grind about his product, ManyWho, and therefore finds himself attending a conference

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Advice from Jean-Louis Gassée

Jean-Louis Gassée has offered advice on the HR-less performance review, and now also has a post on Firing well.  In both cases while I, and BP3, don’t do it the way Jean-Louis advises, our approach is closer to his than

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Founders Grid: Austin Startups You Must Know About

Nice post from Founders Grid giving a shout out to 50 (Fifty!) startups in Austin that you should know about. Austin is rising as a magnificent hub for tech startups. Not only is Austin host of SXSW Interactive Festival, but

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Is There a Process for the Pitch?

Lots of people have advice for the startup pitch.  Austin’s own Joshua Baer has given a presentation, several times, on the art of the pitch.  If I remember his three step process correctly it was: Make the case for change-

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Design ROI

I ran across this article on IBM counting on design’s ROI, and thought it of interest here.  Really interesting quote from our old friend Phil Gilbert: Since then, I don’t think there has been as fundamental a change in the

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Human Resources in the Era of Age Stereotypes

Last week I was honored to be invited to participate in a panel discussion at the AHRMA Workforce Readiness Day 2015 conference.  Especially honored because I am not, technically, an HR professional. Before our panel began, I listened to a

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Austin, Meet London

British Airways is selling out their direct flight between Austin and London.  I’ve flown it a few times already and love it. Apparently I’m not the only one. And now: news that British Airways is going to start flying the

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Organizational Debt

There’s common understanding of technical debt in software circles these days.  I think the concept applies to processes as well (queue the process debt posts I’ve written over the years). Steve Blank writes recently about Organizational Debt.  Possibly an outgrowth

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Austin Jobs Improve Again

Well, the good news keeps rolling in for Austin.  Despite blowing away the growth numbers of every other large-ish city in the United States, Austin also continues to fully employ its population – including newcomers. Meanwhile, the most recently reported

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BP3: Austin’s Best Places to Work 2015

Last year we made the list of Austin’s Best Places to Work for the first time. Of course, we’ve always been one of the best places to work in our hearts but the competition for these awards is tight! 2015

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Rapid Development With Brazos Open

[Editor’s note: this is a guest post from our Brazos Open lead, David Parish.  He has spearheaded the development all the way through, producing a new, great, option for user interfaces for BPM.  Brazos is a better user interface option

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Finding BPM Inspiration in Portugal

I thought bpmNEXT was the highlight of my BPM Conference calendar, when it comes to expanding my own perspective within the BPM space.  But my experience at BPM Conference Portugal rivaled bpmNEXT for expanding my mind. BPM Conference Portugal is

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MWD on IBM Customer Analytics

I’ve always liked the research MWD does, not because I always agree with it but because they give you a read that still had rough edges on it that, rather than being smooth and shiny. In a recent blog post

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IBM’s bpm/DEV blog covers BP3 and Neches Analysis

A big thank you to our friends at IBM and Jim Casey, the author of a blog post on the bpm/DEV site that IBM hosts. BP3 has been in the Smarter Process game for a while. You may have used

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Not All UI Toolkits are Made Equal

IBM BPM ships with the coach view framework, and a few different UI toolkits.  By design, the coach view framework is a great foundation for building new UI toolkits – a foundation that IBM has encouraged partners like BP3 to

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Creating User Forms with BrazosOpen and Any Open Source BPM engine

BrazosOpen is a toolset that allows you to create rich, interactive web applications for your BPM solutions. We give you a complete angular based set of HTML widgets that fully understand the OpenSource BPM engine you are using. You don’t

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Trilogy Alumni = Recruiting

Interesting article on LinkedIn by Mark Cunningham, a well-known recruiter here in Austin, Texas.  Mark waxed prolific about several of his favorite software execs (and presumably customers) in his post: Chad Walters Matt Howitt Samy Aboel-Nil Rad Favaron Phil Gilbert

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We’re not the only ones…

Apparently we’re not the only ones who get annoyed reading all this “BPM is Dead” stuff… So now that we are clear on what BPM is, is there really anyone out there who gives any credibility to proclamations of the

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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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BPM: Still not Dead

Neil Ward-Dutton was at AppianWorld recently, where he no doubt saw demos of Appian’s software that Appian has been (so far) reluctant to show other BPM vendors and gurus at bpmNEXT each year! But beyond that, apparently some numbers were

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Unified Collaborative Work Environment?

Anatoly, one of my favorite bloggers in BPM, has written about the unified collaborative work environment: 1. Interoperability: one form of collaborative work initiates or calls another. […] 2. Migration: changing the collaborative work classification over time. […] 3. Unified

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If you want to understand Apple and TV

This is the post to read, from Ben Thompson: More importantly, though, I think Comcast is likely overreacting: the fact of the matter is that the Internet has made the cable companies even more powerful than they were in the

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Zero Code Revisited

With bpmNEXT behind us, why not revisit the Zero Code Hypothesis yet again.  This time, the excuse is a thoughtful post by Peter Hilton, that turns the zero-code myth on its edge and looks at it from a different perspective.

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I can’t Resist another BPM is Dead Post

In January the BPM.com forum posed the question “Which parts of BPM are Dead“.  My first reaction was “not this again”, but actually a couple of good responses. First, Bogdan Nafornita weighs in with one items that might be dead: 

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BP3 Global Inc, in conjunction with Future Strategies Inc, Announces Release of BPM Everywhere: Internet of Things, Process of Everything

Business Process Management (BPM) book of 2015, addressing the reality of digital business, people, things and processes and what the impact of the Internet of Things presents for business processes and architectures, not in some distant scenario, but today. (PRWEB)

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VentureBeat on Enterprise Software

VentureBeat has their predictions for what to expect from enterprise software now that 2014 has come to a close.  I thought I’d take a look at their main points and assess against the relevance of BPM… The enterprise will need

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Build + Grow

Whenever we reach an inflection point at BP3 and need to evaluate the right next steps, I’m always grateful for the ability to read about all those who have come before us and their experiences.  It is upon their examples

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Stories from College Recruiting: T-shirts

We’ve had some great interns and college hires at BP3.  One of the things that has made it fun for us is the reaction interns have when we re-connect.  Hugs at job fairs, dinners out, and truly investing in their

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The 5-Minute IBM BPM Health Check

For BP3’s BP Labs customers, our team regularly publishes great articles to help enable their teams.  A recent example is “The 5 Minute IBM BPM Health Check Guide“, by our own Dave Rosen, wherein we give you a quick guide

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New Book: BPM Everywhere

We’re proud to announce the release of “BPM Everywhere“, a collaborative work from a number of your favorite BPM thought leaders: We are entering an entirely new phase of BPM – the era of “BPM Everywhere” or BPME.This book discusses

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Notifications

With the arrival of the Apple Watch, much attention has turned to notifications in blogs and news articles about the Watch and other wearable devices.  John Gruber of Daring Fireball (as he often does) pulled this issue out of a

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Think Your Company Cares about Process?

If you think your company cares about process, check this out this exclusive from ABC: Apple engineers, managers and developers have been secretly volunteering for the past year in this state-of-the-art lab to participate in rowing, running, yoga and many

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Austin as Business Hub

Austin as a business hub opportunity keeps getting better. With population projected to double (again) in the next 20 years, Austin is catching up to it’s very large neighbors in Texas, and our air travel is going to get more

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Texas Competes

Talent acquisition is a key topic in Austin and in tech. We hear it all the time. What can you do to get more talent faster? How can you compete with other companies? How can we compete in Silicon Hills

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Differentiation

“If we consider BPM broadly, and not just the IT project, one of the most overlooked steps is getting into production. How many consultant recommendations and power points are laying around collecting dust (some, maybe for good reason), how many

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

The introduction of Case Management in IBM BPM 8.5.5 marked a leap forward for the platform by introducing support for unstructured workflow, along side Business Process Definitions. This post will present a client implementation where the feature proved valuable and introduce Brazos for Case. Case

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Getting it Backward, SAP Edition

[This post is courtesy of David Brakoniecki, our UK Delivery Director, and is also posted on his blog] Posted in the SAP Community Network is an article on 3 traps on the way to S/4HANA. As a BPM guy, the

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An Interview with IBM, from #SXSW

While attending SXSW, I did a casual interview with some folks from IBM, who had a large presence in and around the conference this year. From IBM’s perspective the focus was on IBM SoftLayer, IBM Cloud Marketplace, and IBM Bluemix

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Do Bad Companies have a Right to Improve?

Recently, I was challenged by someone for tweeting/blogging about a company that was investing in a BPM program.  The complaint was that this company had been failing at BPM for years, and had terrible customer service as demonstrated by several

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What Stanford is Doing is Amazing

John Lilly posted this Stanford Computer Science in 2 Charts article on Medium and I just find it fascinating.  John was CS198 coordinator back in my day at Stanford, and has maintained great connections to the school ever since. Those

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Doing Things that Don’t Scale

At BP3, a big part of the customer experience we create for customers is by doing things that “don’t scale”. But I’m always looking for inspiration from other sources.  And the other day I found it in the Groove blog:

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Internet of Things, meet BPM

About a month ago, BPM.com hosted a discussion of processes and the Internet of Things.  If you want to know what some of the thought leadership in BPM think about IoT, this is as good a place as any to

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A BrazosOpen Primer

[Editor’s note: Ryan Johnston is a solution architect on more than one BPM platform, and leads our business development activities for open source BPM solutions. As a fan of open source systems, he was a big advocate of BrazosOpen –

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Final Thoughts on #bpmNEXT

There’s too much to write about from bpmNEXT for me to relay it all in our blog, though I’ve done my best.  I could have written a post about almost every presentation, but I’ll forgo that. But I think I

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So #BPM is still dead, right? PNMSoft Sees 50% Growth

PNMSoft reports Q12015 results: NewswireToday – /newswire/ – Watford, United Kingdom, 2015/04/09 – Having reported eight consecutive quarters of growth, the Business Process Management (BPM) software provider increased its Q1 2015 revenue by more than 50% compared with Q1 2014

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Another Sign that Austin Keeps Getting Better: Ramen

The fact that someone saw the need to put together a list of “top” Ramen places in Austin is, in and of itself, a breakthrough. The more shocking thing is that they missed two: Musashino – a sushi bar near

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Who Presented at #BPMNEXT

The bpmNEXT conference is a gathering of all the most innovative vendors in BPM every year. This is its third year of operation, where vendors give a short presentation and then dive into a 15 minute demonstration.  The demos are

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Other Interesting Moments from #bpmNEXT

While I want to avoid writing a blog post about everything at bpmNEXT, it is hard to resist commenting on a few things: The prize for “worked for the most vendors presenting.” Looks like John Reynolds and George Barlow are

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