Austin’s Good Year: 2014

Built in Austin has an annual report out on Austin startups. It has some great stats: $993M in funding, 123% increase. 1115 companies founded 31 exits $437M+ from exists! The article gives great props to Capital Factory, Bootstrap, Brett Hurt,

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Mobile BPM at IBM Interconnect 2015

Two of BP3’s best and brightest will be speaking about BPM Mobile adoption at IBM Interconnect this year! What: Driving BPM Mobile Adoption: IBM Business Process Manager in the Palm of Your Hand – 4406A Who: Ivan Kornienko , Andrew

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The Process behind Mobile Market Numbers

Benedict Evans kindly shares his methods for putting the numbers together for his mobile musings. I post numbers like these for time to time, because I find them interesting and other people sometimes find them useful. Every time I do

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Presence

“The holy grail of virtual reality, the one that’s always been out of reach until now, is presence.” – Chris Dixon I got a kick out of reading that quote in a piece Chris wrote about virtual reality (VR), because

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The Future of Work

In a recent BPM.com discussion the question was asked “Will All Workers Be Knowledge Workers in the Future?” It sparked a good discussion, as expected. My take is that an economy that just consists of automated bots negotiating with each

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The 30th Angelou Economics Forum

Since 2009 I’ve been attending the Angelou Economics Forum at the Austin Convention Center.  For 30 years, Angelou Economics has been providing the best insights into the Austin economy and its place in the overall economy of Texas and the

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International Business

I never imagined my wife and I are both traveling to Europe for the second time in a year.  We were actually headed to different cities for business, and then meeting up in Rome for a few days.  And we

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Brazos UI Enterprise version 3.14

[Editor’s note: This release just epitomizes what makes BP Labs and Brazos so great. Not only is internationalization / localization supported, but obscure issues with a specific operating system and hardware platform are also addressed, and quickly.  I’ve never seen

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Smoke Signals

I’m not a big believer in managing by smoke signals.  When you read about Fortune 500 companies in magazines, the authors often write about CEOs and leaders in those organizations, and key moments in their tenure. They almost always discuss

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Mental Models

After meeting all week with our BP3 UK colleagues in Austin, I commented on twitter that planning is really a good mental exercise to do, periodically.  As we exit the week, for example, we have a good model of customer

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2014: Year in Review

2014 was another great year for BPM, and for BP3.  2014 Lacked the fireworks of some previous years – fewer acquisitions and fewer existential arguments between ACM, BPM, and ECM proponents.  What we did see was BPM vendors acquiring capabilities

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Alfresco’s Activiti BPM Year in Review

Paul Holmes-Higgin has posted a nice review of Alfresco’s efforts with Activiti on the Alfresco blog. First, some history: Alfresco shook the BPM trees five years ago when it first brought the jBPM team in to build a new open

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Speaking of Releases – Brazos UI Enterprise 3.13 Released

Yesterday we announced version 1.4 of Brazos Portal, and as with previous versions we’re offering downloads of the free trial.  Today, a new release of Brazos UI Enterprise was published, and is available immediately to our Enterprise support customers.  12

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Brazos Portal v1.4 Released

[Editor’s note: The Brazos Portal team is executing on all cylinders, just like the Brazos UI and Brazos Charts team.  Regular releases with significant improvements. Congrats to David and the whole team for making this happen! – Scott ] Brazos

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Open Source and Making Money

“It’s hard to make money when you give the shit away” – Dave Kellogg Dave Kellogg wrote a great blog post on the subject of making money in open source, and how challenging it is.  He chose the Hortonworks S-1

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BRMS Anti-Patterns… Not Going with the Flow.

[Editor’s note: Justin Phillips is based in BP3’s UK office and in this guest post is sharing his wealth of ODM expertise with BP3 blog readership – enjoy!] A re-occuring theme that I see a lot in ODM implementations at

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Collaboration Doesn’t Replace Process

In a recent BPM.com post on BPM Quotes, this one jumped out at me: “Not everything is a process, nor can it be written down. However, if you want something to be measured and repeatable then it needs to be

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People Matter

I really enjoyed this article by Liz Ryan, CEO and Founder of Human Workplace: “Everyone is Replaceable” and Other Business Lies. I’m biased. I have always felt that people matter.  Business is a human endeavor, at its core.  But I

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The Expertise Dilemma

I loved this article in the Federalist, on the Death of Expertise. It beautifully captures a trend that we all have seen on Twitter and Facebook, whether it is religion, politics, science, or diets.  Especially diets, perhaps. One might think

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New York Times’ Article on Stanford ’94 is Off-Key

I read this amazing article in the NYTimes by Jodi Kantor.  … but something about the whole piece just rang false to me.   It was hard for me to put down, because of my self interest in the subject. But

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A Year in BPM Blogging, 2014

Again our Blog had a good year.  Page Views per month were sitting at around 9,000 at the end of 2013… But by the end of 2014, page views were in the 13,000 to 14,000 range. Interest in Brazos and

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5 Percent

Well.  5 percent growth in GDP is the best we’ve seen in a decade. Bolstered by robust spending among consumers and businesses alike, economic output rose at an annual rate of 5 percent during the summer months, the Commerce Department

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Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas to our team members, customers, and partners!  Hope everyone has the opportunity to take a little break from making the world safer for better business processes, and to spend a little more time with their favorite Apple devices(!)

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Vacation

‘Tis the Season for vacations in the US, and in many parts of the world.  Many of the folks on our team are on vacation this week and next – but we have a skeleton crew keeping the lights on

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Brazos UI: de Facto Standard User Interface for IBM BPM

Nothing more flattering than someone writing a practical how-to for BPM UI and using your BPM User Interface framework to do it! And that’s just what happened over on the Process Ramblings blog. He was writing his BPM UI tips

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Whither CMMN?

With the announcement of Camunda’s support for CMMN, and this past summer, IBM quietly introducing CMMN features into IBM BPM 8.5.5, is CMMN ready for the spotlight? When I wrote this: Interestingly, none of the bigger BPM vendors are really

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Keith Swenson on the Drucker Forum 2014

If you didn’t get to the Drucker Forum, Keith Swenson has you at least partially covered.  What a great list of speakers: It is time again for the Global Peter Drucker Forum.  Here are some highlights of talks from John

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2014: Year in Review

I think it is no exaggeration to say that 2014 has been a banner year for BP3. This year we released Brazos Portal, and Brazos UI Enterprise.  We released Neches Analysis into Beta, a product we think will change BPM implementations

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Phil Gilbert: Fostering Ideas in the Workplace

In a piece entitled “Hearing Every Voice in the Room“, and subtitled “How IBM Brings Ideas Forward from Its Teams”, Phil Gilbert lays out how the IBM Design Studio has really redesigned the process of surfacing new ideas and bringing

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BPM Still Produces Astonishing ROI

There are those that say ROI is dead, or BPM is dead. But BPM projects just continue to put up eye popping ROI statistics.  In many cases the ROI is so good that companies are embarrassed to publish the results

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Optimizing Failure

Neil Cybart’s article on Amazon’s and Apple’s views of Failure is interesting.  In it, he posits that Apple prefers to fail in private, and Amazon prefers to fail with public feedback loop. Both men accept failure and I suspect nearly

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Is Android vs. iOS Last Year’s Fashion?

Is the Android versus iOS debate last year’s fashion? “Hence, the first phase of the platform wars are over: Apple and Google both won.” – Benedict Evans Benedict Evans makes a good case: Apple now sells around 10% of all

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Fred Wilson on Orbital NYC

I’ve written before about Orbital, the labor of love of my good friend Gary Chou.  But a better endorsement and capture of the spirit of the effort is available on Fred Wilson’s AVC blog… First, regarding Gary, a Union Square

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Introducing Brazos UI Enterprise

Brazos UI has been the most popular UI toolkit for IBM BPM for the past 18 months, with a steadily increasing number of registered users, and production deployments. In fact, I would venture to say there are more production deployments

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14 Best New Coffee Shops

Thrillist is out with a list of the 14 best new coffee shops.  Well, they did themselves a favor by saying “New” because otherwise they’d have a monumental task to sort out the “best” in the US. I haven’t been

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FounderDating: Trilogy the #2 Most Entrepreneurial Network

No, not talking about alumni of universities.  We’re once again talking about the alumni of companies, and FounderDating’s take on who is most entrepreneurial (last published 13 months ago).  Last year, Trilogy’s alumni network ranked 3rd.  This year, second. And

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Discussions of BPM Opportunities for 2015

Over on BPM.com, there’s a discussion on the challenges for BPM in 2015.  Being an optimist, I just can’t help but view the challenges as opportunities. As we near the new year, what do you think will be the biggest

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Native Apps and BPM

Interesting article by John Gruber, “Native Apps are Part of the Web“. I can’t believe someone is still writing this in 2014. Users love apps, developers love apps — the only people who don’t love apps are pundits who don’t

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Happy Thanksgiving 2014!

We have a lot to be thankful for this year, as the Thanksgiving Holiday arrives. This is always a good time for us to take a step back from travel and business, and reflect on the past year, and how

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Anniversaries and Reunions

This is a year of anniversaries and reunions for me. I guess that’s bound to happen as you get older.  My 7th anniversary at BP3. My 20th reunion at Stanford.  Most importantly for me, my 10th Wedding Anniversary (and also

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Reunions

Every five years I make a pilgrimage back to Stanford for my Alma mater’s reunion festivities.  Not everyone attends these reunions, but I have gone back every five years, and every time I feel like I’ve gotten my money’s worth. 

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Android Trend?

I love how Marco Arment just calls bull on major media or tech media memes.  Here he is, recently, calling them out for fabricating an “Android-first” developer movement.  Again.  It seems every year they trot this out: In other words,

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Austin Startup Scene and the Trilogy Effect

This is such a cool resource about Austin startups that I had to share.  Openview Partners has published a quick guide to the Austin startup scene.  And it is just a great way to get a quick grasp of what’s

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Pricing Determines Your Experience

We talk a lot about customer experience at BP3.  A recent post by Jason Cohen of WP Engine explains, contrary to conventional wisdom, that pricing determines your business: But I disagree. Price is as important as any other feature to

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Where I go for Apple Coverage

I write about Apple just enough that you might wonder if this is really a BPM blog, or a BP3 blog. I find it an interesting lens through which to view industry, and after shining a light on something about

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Customer Experience and BPM

Clay Richardson’s blog on Forrester posits that Customer Obsession is set to disrupt BPM in 2015: “In 2015, customer-obsession – the relentless focus on winning, retaining, and serving customers – will disrupt and reshape the entire ecosystem for BPM”. Of

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Tacos in Austin?

Bon Appétit has named the 10 best tacos in Austin.  By which, they realistically are talking about the 10 best tacos, period. I love the article and the layout and the explanation.  A few corrections (in my humble opinion) to

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Process Functionality vs Website Functionality

[Editor’s note: This is a guest post by Prashant Gadgil, one of the most accomplished BPM practitioners in the industry.  We are lucky to have his services at BP3, as he has left a trail of successful customers and awards

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What can we learn from Apple’s Earnings?

Apple’s earnings came out a few weeks ago, and I found some of the information revealed to be startling.  But what can we learn from it?  AAPL Orchard has a great overview of the earnings and some thoughts regarding takeaways.

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Meet the Team: BP Labs

If you’ve had the chance to work with our BP Labs team, you’ve probably experienced first hand the hard work, innovativeness and dedication we see every day in the office.  These are the folks who come to the rescue day

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