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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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The Cheapest Vendor

Companies are often after the cheapest vendor for a project.  Not the best. Not good enough. The cheapest.  Or, if they’re being careful, the least expensive vendor.But in BPM, the cheapest vendor is actually the one that gets you the

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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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Picking the right platform and partner: WordPress and WP Engine

Back in 2008 when I started blogging for BP3, I chose WordPress as the platform. At the time I believe its market share was single digits in terms of running websites, and we only used it for the blog portion

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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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Announcing: Brazos UI Enterprise 4.4.3

And right on the cue, after the first partner resell announcement yesterday, today we have a new Brazos UI Enterprise version available to all Brazos Enterprise customers. Brazos UI continues to set the pace for UI frameworks for IBM BPM –

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For Release: BP3 Announces Brazos Resell Partnership with Cognizant

[Editor’s note: we started a partnership program last year, and this is the first public announcement of  our participating partners and partner program.  I’m personally humbled by the endorsement this represents of the investments we’re making in the IBM BPM

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Process Patterns: Plan-Execute

I always like Anatoly’s blog, but in particular I like his process patterns posts, as they’re thought provocative for BPM practitioners regardless of which platform they’re using, and communicate complex concepts through the language of BPMN.  In a very real

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BP3 and IBM: Cloud, BPM, and Bluemix Oh My

Nice article from Carolyn Rogers, capturing and interview and conversation we had at SXSW-interactive back in March 2015. We’ve been fans of Bluemix and not just because some of our old colleagues from Lombardi are heavily influencing the direction and design. 

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BPMCAMP Sessions: Introduction to Process Mining

In a session exploring an area of BPM that is still relatively nascent, David Brakoniecki presented on the topic, and then demonstrated two of the well-known tools in the space (Fluxicon’s Disco, and ProM).Starting off, the objective was to cover

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Being one of the Best Places to Work

In the land of startups and best places to work, there’s a temptation in journalism to cover the more prurient items: the parties, the trips, the wacky office perks, furniture, or policies. Executives for these companies, if pressed to justify the

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BP3 Named #16 in Austin Business Journal’s Fast 50

BP3 has once again made the Austin Fast 50 list published by the Austin Business Journal.  This year BP3 not only graduated to the “Over $10M” category, we also moved up to #16 on the list.  The numbers are based

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BP3 Named One of the Best Small Companies to Work For

BP3 Global of Austin Texas named one of the best small and medium workplaces in the United States published in Fortune Magazine.BP3 Global (www.bp-3.com), an innovative global provider of business process management (BPM) software and services, was named by Great

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Brands over Products?

From the Stanford Business School e-book, “Build a Winning Business” a few interesting things to pull out of an interview with the North Face CEO Hap Klopp.It’s interesting that North Face really got its start as two stores, one in

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Customer Relationships over Powerful Brands

I may be talking my own book, but I really believe this article from Harvard Business Review, “Why Strong Customer Relationships Trump Powerful Brands”…In a sense, what is a brand if it isn’t the sum of all of the trusted

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Death by Thousand Cuts, Prevented

We’ve often told customers (and anyone else who would listen) that our projects tend to cost less, finish faster, and stall less often than the projects with other vendors.  And they go to production more often than the other vendors

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Austin’s Most Important Restaurants?

A recent article lists Austin’s most important restaurants, and they’ve picked some great ones:Sholz GartenNubian Queen Lola’s Cajun Soul FoodTacodeliThe FriscoFonda San MiguelThreadgill’sJeffrey’sChez NousUchiFranklin BarbecueDai DueEastside CafeRamen Tatsu-YaQuiI like that they didn’t just pick the most popular, but in many

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Really Hard

This snippet from a Bloomberg article on Apple’s ForceTouch and 3D Touch development and design effort (emphasis added) got my attention:“With [3D Touch] it was only at the moment where we finally got a design experience that’s like, ‘Yes! This

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Student Loan Pay Down Plans for Employees

Nice to see a major employer like PwC adding a benefit like Student Loan Pay Down plans to their employee benefits.Long-time Fortune 100 Best Company to Work For®, PwC, is a pioneer of this new benefit […] The average age

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Corner Cases in Health Insurance Require ACA Tweaks

Most of the debate about the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has been with regard to wholesale passage or repeal of the act.  But here we are, five years later, and what we really need are tweaks to fix the problems

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Thanks to Amazon Prime, maybe there is such a thing as a free lunch

If you were in my talk at BPMCamp 2015 on quantifying business value, you will recall I ended with an analysis of Amazon Prime, and how to build a simple business case around it.  Last week, Amazon announced it is

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Mourning a Friend

Fermin Hernandez passed away earlier this year.  Years ago, I bought a piece of artwork from his gallery in Albuquerque.  He was approachable in a way that other gallery owners weren’t to a young man in flip flops and shorts. 

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To Model or Not to Model

Keith Swenson has another thought-provoking post on his blog regarding models.  Effectively recapping a discussion from the latest BPM/Case conference, he notes that the presentations and research all seemed to start with a “model” as a working assumption:Every presentation at

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BPMCAMP Sessions: Building Modular User Interfaces for BPM

Our very own Brian and Nik led a discussion on building modular user interfaces for BPM.  They’ve been the force behind a lot of our UI development at BP3 – including the first version of Brazos Portal and several customer

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Design is Eating the World

Software is eating the world, right? But maybe Design is eating the world, too. The case for design eating the world is laid out in a post by Scott Belsky on Medium:Behold the power of the “Interface Layer,” it’s not just about

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Apple’s iPad Pro and Convergence

Many Microsoft proponents (or at least, Apple critics) have been saying that obviously PCs and Tablets, or Laptops and Tablets, are destined to merge into one device.  This implies that the split between iOS and OSX is a hindrance rather

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Austin’s B2C Startups are Humming… They Just Aren’t Software Companies

A friend on twitter made the comment:Apparently, we ARE good at B2C startups in ATX. But the product needs to be in a bottle not on a phone. Keep it going, @BeatboxBevs.— Robert Reeves (@robertreeves) August 22, 2015He was referencing

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Intalio, Early BPM Innovator, Acquired

Intalio was recently acquired by Everteam, an ECM vendor, of France:The acquisition, which formally closed earlier this month, includes the sales, marketing, support and development infrastructure within Intalio. As part of the acquisition, the company has expanded its base of

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Boomerangs

I love China Gorman’s post on Boomerangs. “It used to be that being a “job hopper” was a bad thing. Employers wouldn’t touch someone who moved around a lot. And employees almost never wanted to go back to a former employer.”Interestingly

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BPMCAMP Sessions: Becoming a Blueworks Live Bad A**

Krista White and Julie Grassel led a session on becoming a Blueworks Live Badass at BPMCAMP 2015.  Tongue-in-cheek title aside, they shared some serious common sense on succeeding with a modeling tool like Blueworks Live.Some interesting tidbits were shared, like

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BPMNEXT 2015: Neches Presentation

At bpmNEXT 2015, Ivan Kornienko and I presented “Sleep at Night Again with Automated Code Analysis.”  That previous post has our slides, a Neches demo, and some commentary on the presentation.  This is the official video from the event.  Unfortunately

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Barriers to BPM: Admit you have a Problem

[This is the sixth in a series on the barriers to BPM adoption in the enterprise] To truly have great BPM adoption, we have to look ourselves in the mirror, and admit we have a problem.  And then we have

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Which Hill to Climb?

Good discussion over on BPM.com the other day – in particular with respect to whether methodology is more or less important than technology to the success of a program.  Obviously they’re both valuable.My thoughts:The other issue is to understand that

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Austin Rising, Part 2

Previously wrote about Austin rising in the hotel business… but for a more visceral feel for the changes happening in Austin, check this out: It is quite a change over the years- the post has shots from several well-known vantage

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Creating Talent in Austin

The other day Lori Hawkins of the Austin American-Statesman published an article about Austin’s recruiting challenges and how Indeed.com is approaching the problem.Somewhat ironically, Indeed.com is also a job search site…First, let’s address the results of the ATC’s survey:“A recent

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Technology Diffusion and Cadence

Horace Dediu of Asymco has a real gem of an insight hidden in one of his recent posts – but he was kind enough to put it in bold face to call attention to it:“As a result, paradoxically, an enterprise

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Barriers to BPM: the SharePoint Effect

[This is the fifth in a series of posts on the barriers to BPM adoption in the enterprise] This is almost the opposite of the Bus Brake Effect.  Where the Bus Brake Effect concerns too many vetoes and not enough

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