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Above Avalon: Apple Ecosystem Growth Accelerating

Scott Francis
July 7, 2020
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Is Apple an AI Leader?

is Apple an AI leader? ArsTechnica endeavors to find out

Scott Francis
July 7, 2020
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Above Avalon: the Secret to Apple's Ecosystem is Experience

Apple creates experiences for their customers. It's a great way to think about how you take care of your own customers, and the experiences you create for them.

Scott Francis
July 7, 2020

18 Months Later...

Seems like just yesterday, but it was 18 months ago (approximately) when Fred Wilson’s blog contained this chart...

Scott Francis
July 7, 2020

Friday Fun: Apple Moving to it's own Chips for the Mac?

In this article , and also according to Bloomberg , speculation ahead of Apple's WWDC conference is that Apple might announce its own chips for Mac hardware launching in 2021.? Speculation on this s

Scott Francis
July 7, 2020

iPhone Success: One Crucial Element

Fun Friday post here, quoting from the Monday Note ... : In the Monday Note, Jean-Louis Gass?e reminds us of a critical factor in the success of the iPhone, which, 14 years on, most of us have likely

Scott Francis
July 7, 2020

Friday Fun: Memory Lane from someone at NeXT

This series of posts from Chris MacAskill ("The secret call to Andy Grove that may have helped Apple buy NeXT") is amazing. It is a series of snapshots in time of the trials and tribulations at NeXT

Scott Francis
July 7, 2020

Taking Constraint Theory and Process to the CPU level

I find the reporting on Apple's possible move from Intel chips to its own ARM-based chips fascinating . At some level, Apple seems to look at all of the necessary components of their products, and ap

Scott Francis
July 7, 2020

Apple producing face shields for health workers

Another example of a company leveraging its talents to address needs in the pandemic, Apple is reportedly producing face shields for health care workers at a rate of 1 million a week : Apple is

Scott Francis
July 7, 2020

Apple iCloud: existential threat to Dropbox?

It's Friday, so why not an Apple story?? An article on CNET makes the argument that Apple's new iCloud features for iPhone and the Mac might cause users to say goodbye to Dropbox: Until recentl

Scott Francis
July 7, 2020

Choosing Austin

Not so long ago, a number of entrepreneurs in Austin wrote about why they choose Austin - and I wrote my own post on the subject .? Recently we had two big announcements from two of the top companie

Scott Francis
July 7, 2020

30% of Distribution for App Stores

Fred Wilson makes the case that the 30% "tax" (it's not a tax, a tax is a government imposed fee) on the Apple Store or Google Play store is exorbitant compared to transaction fees on payments (3-5%

Scott Francis
July 7, 2020

Apple App Store Causing Harm? Not in my Book

I love Fred Wilson's blog and generally find agreement in much of what he writes, with maybe only one fairly consistent exception, and that is with regard to all things Apple. Full disclosure, I'm

Scott Francis
July 7, 2020

A Fascinating Oral History of Apple's Infinite Loop

Steven Levy has authored a masterpiece of oral history (written down) about Apple's Infinite Loop.? Offices are integral to a company's culture and character.? You shape the space, and to some extent

Scott Francis
July 7, 2020

Iterative Deepening: Owning the Stack

I find Apple's approach to it's products and services really interesting (obviously, given how many posts have historically touched on the subject).? Recently TechCrunch posted an article on Apple Ma

Scott Francis
July 7, 2020

#SXSW Featured Session Notes: Eddy Cue

Eddy Cue made an appearance at SXSW to talk about Apple News and Apple's views of their own responsibilities in the space. A few points I took away from his positioning around curating news:

Scott Francis
July 7, 2020

A Coincidence of Three Ideas

There are three ideas that I coincidentally came across at the same time, despite being written in different years or months. One More Thing First, "One More Thing" by Steven Levy - an article

Scott Francis
July 7, 2020

The Last Jedi and the iPhone X have the Same Problem

I sense a disturbance in the Force... I pre-ordered an Apple iPhone X.? I also prepaid for tickets to see Star Wars: The Last Jedi with my family.? Full disclosure: I'm a fan of the iPhone and Sta

Scott Francis
July 7, 2020

Definition of Betting the Company

Philip Elmer-DeWitt calls attention to public remarks from Apple's COO Jeff Williams regarding their bet on TSMC.? I guess there's "betting the company" and then there's betting the company.? A

Scott Francis
July 7, 2020

A primer on Events in BPMN

Anatoly does a great job of explaining the event types and why you really only need 5 or 6 of them to fully express process models in BPMN .? Personally, this chart of event types to situation perfe

Scott Francis
July 7, 2020

The Value of Process Design

For those who love to geek out on BPMN, you could do worse than to follow Anatoly Belaychuk's BPM blog.? In a recent post he wrote about message flows, events, and tasks .? Message flows are an under

Scott Francis
July 7, 2020

New Approach to Retailing Tech in Austin: Apple for Everything Else

B8ta just opened their first store in Austin on Saturday. And it was interesting. They worked hard to create a warm, modern environment. Every product has an iPad next to it showing product details,

Scott Francis
July 7, 2020

Is Apple doing Digital Process Automation?

It might seem like it from this headline from TechCrunch: " Apple has acquired Workflow, a powerful automation tool for iPad and iPhone ".? It mentions Apple,? Workflow, and automation... Workfl

Scott Francis
July 7, 2020

Apple iPad Consensus: Turning the Tide?

Our family was early to the iPad game. My wife bought the first one when it came out. I bought the iPad 2. She upgraded to an iPad Mini. I upgraded to a retina iPad.? Eventually I picked up the iPad P

Scott Francis
July 7, 2020

A BPMN 2.0 Update from Bruce Silver

Bruce Silver put an update on the BPMN 2.0 specification he's been participating in, and how its progressing. He pointed out a couple things that I happen to agree with, and if you do too, probably

Scott Francis
July 7, 2020

Apple & Business Process Management

Method Behind the Madness In the BPM world, not much is said about Apple, and people in our business don't associate Apple with BPM.? I'd say the association is more like Apple to Innovation.? Yes

Scott Francis
July 7, 2020

Apple MacBook Pro Review: A Growing Responsibility

I bought the new MacBook Pro when it came out partly as an experiment. The specs weren't so different that it would spark an upgrade cycle at BP3, but the price went up and I wanted to personally ex

Scott Francis
July 7, 2020

My Own Amateur Apple Watch Review

I could have trotted out a review of the Apple Watch when the first version hit the market. Or again when WatchOS 2 came out, but I waited for Series 2 and WatchOS 3 before sitting down to write m

Scott Francis
July 7, 2020

The Curse of the As-Is Process

It's a sincere question.? And recently this question was posed on BPM.com as well .Reasons to skip the as-is process: " Even if you try to model it, it won't be accurate ".? If the company do

Scott Francis
July 7, 2020

Limited Real Estate

Above Avalon's take on Apple's Airpods?? It is the beginning of a battle for your ears .? And it could be... "We believe in a wireless future. A future where all of your devices intuitively co

Scott Francis
July 7, 2020

The BPM Engine is Commoditized

I remember when the battles were fought over whether BPEL-driven engines would win over BPMN engines , debates largely settled by the time I started blogging.? In the early days of BPMN, how you

Scott Francis
July 7, 2020

Can you have a Quiet Billion Dollar Business in Watches?

If you're Apple, you can : Sales of the Apple Watch to consumers set a record during the first week of holiday shopping, and the current quarter is on track to be the best ever for the product, Ap

Scott Francis
July 7, 2020

Austin and Formula 1

Few were more surprised than I was that Formula 1 came to Austin a few years ago.? It just seemed like a pipe dream in the days before - unlikely to really come to fruition. F1 in Austin had a rough

Scott Francis
July 7, 2020

IBM: Macs cost less than PCs

Just in time for new Macs to be announced on the 27th... It's always a pleasure to see two favorite topics combine: Apple and IBM!? IBM has again confirmed what many of us who use Macs already knew -

Scott Francis
July 7, 2020

BPMCAMP: Our Cup Runneth Over

We had a pretty special week in Austin last week. We hosted our global team and select customers for BPMCAMP . And I couldn't be happier with the final product.? It just gets better every year.

Scott Francis
July 7, 2020

A Funny Thing Happened at the Apple Store Today

[caption id="attachment_6215" align="alignright" width="225"] Glass staircase in one of the HK apple stores - Not Austin ;)[/caption] We stopped into the Apple Store in the Domain in Austin to get

Scott Francis
July 7, 2020

Decision Management and DMN in 2016

At bpmNEXT, DMN was everywhere.? DMN is the Decision Modeling Notation backed by OMG and others.? Keith Swenson wrote a blog post on May 10th with the subheading " This is the year for DMN " - and it

Scott Francis
July 7, 2020

Impressions from #bpmNEXT

This was the fourth bpmNEXT we?ve attended and presented at - every one since the beginning.? Every year the conference gets a little bit better in terms of content, and the collegiality gets be

Scott Francis
July 7, 2020

Building Business Process Definitions

I was recently asked?how people go about creating Business Process?Definitions (BPDs). Since this is a complex question I thought it better to write down the answer rather than try to explain this pr

Andrew Paier
July 7, 2020

The BPM Task: Definition & Analysis

[Editor's note: this post by Gary first appeared on his blog on January 30th, 2016, and is part of a continuing series on Process Management Architecture.? It is published here with permission. ]

Andrew Paier
July 7, 2020

#IBMInterconnect: Creating Change in Healthcare with BPM at Kaiser Permanente

Note: you can find BP3's sessions at IBM Interconnect here . Kaiser has been at the forefront of adopting a service oriented architecture and BPM in its practices over the last few years.? Come

Scott Francis
July 7, 2020

#IBMInterconnect: BPM in the Palm of Your Hand... or on your Wrist!

Note: you can find BP3's sessions at IBM Interconnect here . This year at Interconnect, BP3 is participating in 4 great sessions that will help any BPM practitioners out there raise their game.?

Scott Francis
July 7, 2020

Outcomes vs. Effort

I love this post from Tom Goodwin, on a radical change in how we work, by focusing on outcomes, not busyness . In its most simplistic form, this is "work smarter, not harder". But Tom steers away

Scott Francis
July 7, 2020

Value of Partnership: Maps

There was a time when Google and Apple seemed like two peas in a pod, destined to create great things together - great devices and great web services.? But then Google pursued building a competing ph

Scott Francis
July 7, 2020

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

Scott Francis
July 7, 2020

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 ?

Scott Francis
July 7, 2020

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

Scott Francis
July 7, 2020

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 bet

Scott Francis
July 7, 2020

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 final

Scott Francis
July 7, 2020

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 resear

Scott Francis
July 7, 2020

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 ov

Scott Francis
July 7, 2020

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 com

Scott Francis
July 7, 2020

Oh the Humanity

Our thoughts, as expressed in " I for one, Welcome our Robot Overlords ," might have given away our bias on the topic of human curation.? The Monday Note weighs in on the topic vis-a-vis Apple Mu

Scott Francis
July 7, 2020

Behind the Curtain of WWDC

If you're interested in a view behind the curtain of WWDC and Daring Fireball, this interview between John Gruber and Phil Schiller of Apple , is it. I recommend skipping the profanity laced intro

Scott Francis
July 7, 2020

BPMN Interchange

BPMN Interchange has been the promised land for BPMN enthusiasts for a long time.? Neil Ward-Dutton has an update from a recent OMG technical meeting in Berlin , where a live-streamed demonstratio

Scott Francis
July 7, 2020

Blueworks Live Best Practices

This post is from Krista White, co-author of our new guide to BP3's Blueworks Live Best Practices posted below. Krista also works on Neches and the Brazos suite . Over the last few years

Krista White
July 7, 2020

The Long Game: Customer First

Interesting post from John Gruber at Daring Fireball . Count me as being in the camp that this quote reflects: It?s not a luxury Apple can afford because it?s insanely profitable; rather, it

Scott Francis
July 7, 2020

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

Scott Francis
July 7, 2020

From the Monday Note: Breaking Laws

The Monday Note has a great piece on the Laws that Apple is breaking with it's latest quarterly results .? The thing is, we hear these critiques leveled against much smaller companies all the tim

Scott Francis
July 7, 2020

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

Scott Francis
July 7, 2020

BPMN as Font

I've speculated before that BPMN icons might have originally been designed to be hand-drawn (most of the BPMN 1.0 icons I can draw without lifting marker from white board).? Now there's a font for

Scott Francis
July 7, 2020

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 sta

Scott Francis
July 7, 2020

Why Neches?

BP3 recently announced the GA release of our tool for analyzing IBM BPM solutions - Neches. This is a product that I have been working on?for many years. Those who know me well may be aware that

Andrew Paier
July 7, 2020

Process Management Architecture: Overview of Methods, Features, and Capabilities

[ Editor's note: This guest post from Gary Samuelson is the first in a series.? Gary is a thought leader in BPM and Architecture, and we're privileged to be able to share his work here!? Original

Andrew Paier
July 7, 2020

Misunderstood?

There's a bit of backlash against Apple's Dazzling Results going on. John Gruber of Daring Fireball does a good job refuting the "not that dazzling" thesis of Sampere, which reads in part:

Scott Francis
July 7, 2020

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 peopl

Scott Francis
July 7, 2020

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 :

Scott Francis
July 7, 2020

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.

Scott Francis
July 7, 2020

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

Scott Francis
July 7, 2020

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 somethi

Scott Francis
July 7, 2020

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

Scott Francis
July 7, 2020

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 som

Scott Francis
July 7, 2020

Bruce Silver: BPMN Explained

Bruce has (probably) written more about BPMN than anyone else alive.? Maybe more importantly he's written better about BPMN, more often, than anyone else. He picks up the thread again with two p

Scott Francis
July 7, 2020

Activiti Takes Center Stage at Alfresco Summit 2014

If anyone had any question about Alfresco?s commitment to Activiti BPM, their concerns should have been well and truly quelled Wednesday when?Thomas DeMeo, Alfresco?s VP of Product Management intro

Andrew Paier
July 7, 2020

Apple Experience

The announcement of Apple Pay reflects Apple's investment in Customer Experience : This is a long-term investment by Apple, and possibly one of the most important since it first built the iT

Scott Francis
July 7, 2020

Apple's Tim Cook

If you have any doubt about Tim Cook's mastery of the subject of Apple, watch this interview: This is just part 1 of a two-part interview.? It is clear that Tim Cook and his team play the

Scott Francis
July 7, 2020

iOS First? Still?

I read with great interest, Semil Shah's post on mobile development, " iOS First. Android Much, Much Later ".? To be clear, at BP3, we've already pivoted to focus on HTML5 apps for mobile devices r

Scott Francis
July 7, 2020

Apple and IBM and the Monday Note

Gass?e's Monday Note has one of the best write-ups of the Apple+IBM partnership . He points out the problems, the clash of cultures, even the very different financial pictures. For example, we thi

Scott Francis
July 7, 2020

If you want a Primer on iPhone Pricing...

There are lots of articles you can read that offer sneak peaks into the iPhone "6" and other new devices from Apple that are allegedly going to be announced next week.? But personally I'm drawn mor

Scott Francis
July 7, 2020

Is there any value in directly executing BPMN?

It's been a while since we were graced with a blog post from John Reynolds , but as always, his latest post was both thoughtful and thought provoking. In his post, John maintains that: "Dire

Andrew Paier
July 7, 2020

File Under: Why Apple Built iOS Maps, and Why Google Should Have Played Nice

Statistics from EE show that Apple's iOS maps dominate usage on their network: Traffic on the new Apple Maps now represents 70% of mapping traffic on the 4G network, from 60% in the second

Scott Francis
July 7, 2020

The Process of Teaching Apple

Great article in the NY Times, covering Apple's internal training program (dubbed unoriginally "Apple University").? The best thing I can do is refer you to the article to read about it, but if y

Scott Francis
July 7, 2020

BPM is not Dead - Signavio Version

Signavio, a cloud BPM provider focused primarily on modeling just reported 72% growth recently , proving once again that BPM not only isn't dead, it is still birthing exciting new growth opportuni

Scott Francis
July 7, 2020

IBM + Apple = Enterprise Mobile Upgrade

It will come as no surprise to readers of this blog that I like to write about Apple , and about IBM , and IBM BPM . So when I read today the surprise news that IBM and Apple are partneri

Scott Francis
July 7, 2020

This Still Seems Obvious

It still seems obvious to me why startups target iOS over Android for their first target platform .? I'm not sure why it isn't obvious to pundits on the subject.? They assume that raw numbers will

Scott Francis
July 7, 2020

Confidence

Some of the coverage of Apple's WWDC focused on Apple's increased openness, as well as their willingness to tackle a long laundry list of features that were on every developer's wish list :

Scott Francis
July 7, 2020

Different Lenses

Ben Evans' take on WWDC (Apple's World-Wide Developer Conference) is worth reading for Apple watchers or people who appreciate design-thinking.? His point about how Apple approaches cloud is pret

Scott Francis
July 7, 2020

BPMN, CMMN & Responsive Processes

Bruce Silver wrote up a comparison of the BPMN and CMMN notations on his blog.? Definitely recommend reading it to see just how similar the two notations are, and how easy a merger would be:

Scott Francis
July 7, 2020

Experience vs. Cloud

Fred Wilson posits that Apple vs. Google is effectively "Devices vs. Cloud" - and if he were to bet on who is going to be around in 20 years, he'd be betting on Google's strength in cloud service

Scott Francis
July 7, 2020

Notes from #IBMIMPACT

There are a few sessions at IBM Impact for which I managed to capture some decent notes, but maybe not enough for a standalone blog post.? I thought I'd share here: CUNA MUTUAL - Building a Bus

Scott Francis
July 7, 2020

Zero Code Hypothesis Lives #bpmNEXT

Well, the Zero Code Hypothesis lives .? After posting about it recently, it sparked quite a bit of discussion on the post, and in twitter... and then the discussion leaped to other blogs. First

Scott Francis
July 7, 2020

Expanding on Definitions

Anatoly has written a nice post expanding on the term "BPM" - it isn't a definition so much as a helpful explanation to make it easier to understand what "looks like BPM" and what doesn't.? Mor

Scott Francis
July 7, 2020

Are Designing and Building Part of the Same Process?

While at SXSW interactive, something that MIT Media Lab's Joi Ito said really stuck with me. First, he expressed the idea that when tools fade into the background, consciousness gets out of the

Scott Francis
July 7, 2020

Different Ways of Thinking about Business Process Models

I think kudos should go out to the folks who really put effort into thinking about innovations around business modeling.? In fact, Bruce Silver wrote a post that does a pretty good job of capturi

Scott Francis
July 7, 2020

BPMN.io - BPMN everywhere for everyone?

I ran across this announcement on Camunda's site, linking to bpmn.io " Annoucning bpmn.io - BPMN everywhere, for everyone " - and it looks like the establishment of an open source effort to provide

Scott Francis
July 7, 2020

Effektif: Spelling it is Harder than Using it

Not too long ago, Tom Baeyens gave demonstrations of Effektif to myself and several other bloggers and analysts.? Sandy Kemsley and Neil Ward-Dutton did such a good job covering the release tha

Scott Francis
July 7, 2020

And One Ring to Rule them All

Keith Swenson embarked on a somewhat Sisyphean task in attempting to get the BPM community at large to agree on a common definition of BPM .? As a practitioner and entrepreneur, I'm less concerne

Scott Francis
July 7, 2020

Apple's Strategy

I should thank John Lilly for pointing me to this blog post by Ben Bajarin - " What I love about Apple's Strategy ".? What I love about the article is this part: The broad claims that are mad

Scott Francis
July 7, 2020

Why I Read the Monday Note

This article is why I read the Monday Note .? It is so good. Let?s rewind the tape. Once upon a time, there was The Way of The Carrier. Verizon, Sprint, AT&T treated handsets makers the

Scott Francis
July 7, 2020

Apple and Austin, Sitting in a Tree

The love affair between Apple and Austin continues.? Not only is Apple expanding its operations center here (to an eventual 7,000 employees) - Apple is also building the Mac Pro here . It is ex

Scott Francis
July 7, 2020