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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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Neil Ward-Dutton’s Take: A Masterclass in Customer Centricity

At BPMCAMP this year we had the honor of Neil Ward-Dutton attending alongside our team and our customers.  We’ve been following Neil’s work and MWD’s research for years, and I think we both felt it was time for Neil to

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The Apple Lifestyle

Horace Dediu’s analysis of the cost of the Apple Lifestyle:“But much more interesting than this value is the notion that Apple is in business to deliver a product/service mix to loyal customers and to preserve their loyalty through constant improvement

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Brazos Adoption is going Global

Visualize Brazos Adoption, and Announcing Brazos UI Enterprise 4.2!

Brazos UI Enterprise 4.2 is now released.  Unlike some other products on the market, we didn’t trump up the numbers and produce release numbers that make our product more mature – Brazos has been through 4 major release cycles and

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Austin Rising (Literally)

There are milestones in a city’s development that are worth noting.  Like 2015: the year Austin surpassed San Antonio for hotel dollars for the first time ever. “Austin hotel revenue was up 18.1 percent, growing from $267.1 million to $315.4

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Barriers to BPM: The Bus Brake Effect

[This is the fourth in a series of posts on the barriers to BPM] We’ve all ridden a city bus at some point.  Most bus systems have a bus brake that you pull if you want to be let off

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Apple and Austin, Sitting in a Tree

Little known outside of Austin, is the fact that Austin has become Apple’s second largest corporate location in the world, after Cupertino.  Apple has acquired a series of companies in Austin over the years (including some great chip design talent),

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BPMCAMP Sessions: the RGP Method for BPM Success

Every year at BPMCAMP we review our delivery methodology – because every year we adapt it based on what we’ve learned and based on a changing technology landscape over time. Rainer Ribback took us through the latest in his session

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Loyalty

Fred Wilson of Union Square Ventures wrote on the subject of Loyalists versus Mercenaries, and I’ve been meaning to address how I think about this subject. But teams come in all flavors. There are highly loyal teams that can withstand

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BP Labs: Letting Customers Sleep at Night [video]

Maybe you’ve heard about BP Labs, but you’ve wondered what BP Labs really is.  Many customers have told us that they didn’t fully appreciate BP Labs until they experienced it for a while.  I can appreciate that, because this is

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BPMCAMP Sessions: Strategies to Quantify Business Value

Our own Ted Irani gave a talk at BPMCAMP on strategies to quantify business value. At BPMCAMP we had a lot of content about building practical solutions with BPM, but this one was all about how to put the business

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Dear Austin: More TSA Agents on Staff Please!

If there’s one good leading indicator of a city’s business and economic health, it has to be air travel.  July is peak travel in Austin in most years (my guess: Austinites vacating the heat!), and this year is no different. 

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Barriers to BPM: The Little Red Wagon Effect

[This is the third in a series on the Barriers to BPM adoption] If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.  The little red wagon is working, so no one touches it. When it finally breaks down, there’s likely major work

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Student Loan Genius and the White House

Someone at work showed this video to me the other day, and I thought I’d share.  We work with these guys to enable our team members to organize and pay down their student debt- and I believe we were their

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Barriers to BPM: The Bowflex Coat Rack Effect

[Second in a series on the Barriers to BPM, sharing our stories from the field and remedies] Companies, like people, want a quick fix.  When we want to lose weight, we’d rather take a pill that promises a quick fit

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Eight years

Eight is a lucky number in China.  When my wife’s company had its eighth anniversary she rented a cupcake food trailer and drove to 8 stops around town (customers’ addresses) and delivered custom cupcakes!  We’re not quite as hip at

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SXSW Panel Picker Voting

I don’t have a panel proposed for SXSW-interactive this year, but if you’re looking to support great panels, here are two sources of great lists of panels: 1. A set of panels by Trilogy Alumni, sure to be good speakers

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Austin’s 2015 Fast 50 Announced: the 50 fastest-growing companies in Austin

Every year the Austin Business Journal covers the Fast-50:  fifty of the fastest growing private companies in Austin.  Over the last 7-8 years, Austin has also been the strongest economy within which those fast companies are thriving. We’re proud to

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The Value of T-Shirts at BPMCAMP

We printed some great t-shirts for BPMCAMP, and then coincidentally I saw a post that made the topic worth writing about on the blog as well. Just recently local Austin entrepreneur Joshua Baer posted on Medium on the subject of

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Amazon, Meet San Marcos

So San Marcos just landed a big warehouse from Amazon.  This will help diversify the local economy which is pretty dependent on Texas State San Marcos, and on the huge set of outlet malls. “Amazon’s corporate leadership has accepted an

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