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Process meets Delicious Barbecue at Valentina's Tex Mex BBQ

Many of the things we love have great dependencies on a little thing called "process". BBQ is just one of them.

Scott Francis
July 7, 2020
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Why Choose Austin? BigCommerce (a recent IPO) Weighs in

Great short-bite interview with the CFO of BigCommerce, Robert Alvarez

Scott Francis
July 7, 2020
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This is the Video you need to Watch Today to Understand what Restaurants are going through

The Peached Tortilla has built an amazing fan base. There's a lot to learn from how Eric runs this iconic Austin business.

Scott Francis
July 7, 2020
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Software Companies: No Collapse in Demand

Scott Francis
July 7, 2020
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Austin to Tesla: Welcome Home!

Tesla is building a new factory in Austin. One can't help but wonder if there might be a move of Tesla HQ to Austin in the future. That would really set the business news coverage on fire here in Austin.

Scott Francis
July 7, 2020

Another Connection from Austin to Europe

Just as I was about to depart for another trip to Europe for work, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines (partnered with Delta) announced a new non-stop flight connecting Austin to Amsterdam, starting in May o

Scott Francis
July 7, 2020

Austin Airport Expansions...

No sooner has Austin Bergstrom airport finished it's first major expansion for International flights ($350M expansion, at that), than the airport and city turn their attention to the next major expa

Scott Francis
July 7, 2020

How Fast is Austin Growing?

The latest census report: " Austin has gained 152 people per day over this decade ".? It's kind of incredible: The Austin area has seen more proportionate growth from net migration than any other

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

AI and Investing in Canada: Fortune Global Forum

In October I attended the Fortune Global Forum , held this year in Toronto, Canada. It?s an invitation event for, primarily, the CEOs of businesses all over the world. The makeup of the event ev

Scott Francis
July 7, 2020

Austin Airport Expansion(s) - Love it

If you travel as much as we do at BP3, you pay attention to travel news in your home airport (and likely, in some of your common destination airports as well!).? Austin has been working on a long-awai

Scott Francis
July 7, 2020

Business Insider Discovers Torchy's Tacos

So the Business Insider has finally discovered Torchy's Tacos, and it appears to be love at first sight.? For those of you coming to Austin for Driven , you wouldn't be wrong to make a detour to

Scott Francis
July 7, 2020

SXSW 2018: the Nerdpocalypse in Austin

Omar Gallaga of the Austin American-Statesman has penned another article about the pros and cons of yet another SXSW descending upon Austin . LaRue is one of the tens of thousands of people who

Scott Francis
July 7, 2020

Torchy's Tacos: Moving up to 15 locations in the Austin area...

I remember the first time I had Torchy's Tacos.? My wife had just given birth to our second child, our son Holland. We were in the hospital, and a friend brought us Torchy's Tacos as a guilty pleasure

Scott Francis
July 7, 2020

A Report on the Austin Economy in 2018

I thought I'd point to some local reporting on the Austin economy from the Austin-American Statesman for those interested. Austin gets plenty of coverage from national outlets, but usually in a fair

Scott Francis
July 7, 2020

Austin's Economy & Travel: It isn't just about the International Flights

I've written before about direct international flights and improved flight options in and out of Austin's airport.? The increase in flights has been both a boon to and an outward signal of economic gr

Scott Francis
July 7, 2020

More International Flights in/out of Austin

The Austin Business Journal assures us that more international flights are coming to Austin : There were 14,800 international boardings at ABIA in 2012, according to the Federal Aviation A

Scott Francis
July 7, 2020

Amazon for Austin?

Is Amazon bound for Austin?? Is Austin the right city for Amazon's HQ2? The whole search for Amazon's HQ2 is a fascinating Rorschach test.? We have an instant view of how the contestant cities see

Scott Francis
July 7, 2020

Biscuits in Austin

This article from Eater Austin just feels so... Austin. " Where to Find Great Biscuits in Austin " - an article that you might think would have a recommendation or 3, has an interactive map with no

Scott Francis
July 7, 2020

Disruption in Chat

I recall a day not so long ago when instant messaging seemed like a bit of a sleepy space. There were a few attempts to revive it:? Yammer, for example.? But it had settled into free services:? Yahoo,

Scott Francis
July 7, 2020

Innovation Culture: Silicon Valley

Steve Blank has often opined on what it is that makes Silicon Valley special.? He has a whole series of posts on the secret history of Silicon Valley that outline a unique set of opportunities.? But i

Scott Francis
July 7, 2020

Innovation for Education

Innovation isn't just for startups. For those who joined us at Driven 2017 , you've experienced what innovation around digital process transformation can look like in the enterprise: our clients

Scott Francis
July 7, 2020

Transformational Customer Experience - through Employee Engagement

Forbes' Stan Phelps recently covered Not My Circus, Not My Monkeys , our co-founder Lance Gibbs' new book on the subject of the employee experience : First we discussed the title of the book. It

Scott Francis
July 7, 2020

Plan B

Whenever you have a Plan A, it's good to have a Plan B. For a decade, BP3 has been Plan B for business process programs around the world. If you were to interview most of our clients, they would t

Scott Francis
July 7, 2020

It's the Experience: Retail is Dead. Long Live Retail.

John Wachunas' article on Medium is fantastic: Retail is Dead: Austin?s Cycleast And The Economics Of 5-Star Customer?Service . And at the same time, captures some of the Zeitgeist of Austin. In i

Scott Francis
July 7, 2020

Austin: Good Things Are Happening

Next week we're hosting Driven 2017 , our annual conference for customers and our own team to explore the latest in technical and business solutions in the digital experience space.? One of my favori

Scott Francis
July 7, 2020

Fixing the Food at Airports

Austin's airport has had a philosophy of putting local restaurants in the mix.? It isn't a hard and fast rule, but one they've tried to live by.? As we all know, airline and airport food has left some

Scott Francis
July 7, 2020

Guest Post: Using Co-Creation to Accelerate Digital Transformation

Editor's Note: At Driven 2017 Derek Miers of MWD advisors will be hosting a co-creation workshop. There is still a little time left to register ! The following blog was written by Derek describi

D Miers
July 7, 2020

A Best Place to Work in Austin 2017: BP3

Once again, our amazing team is a Best Place to Work, according to the Austin Business Journal, in 2017 . This year BP3 placed #7 on the list - and knowing how tight this list is, I know the separ

Scott Francis
July 7, 2020

Hecho en Austin

[Editor's note: Don't forget to register for Driven 2017!?? Our customer conference is August 16th and 17th this year.? Mor sessions are being added every week! ] I've written about choosing

Scott Francis
July 7, 2020

Ride Sharing in Austin, Phase 3

So this happened . And it means Uber and Lyft will be coming back to Austin, because they have the regulatory regime they want now, not just in Austin, but state-wide. I think the Economist captur

Scott Francis
July 7, 2020

It's BBQ Time in Austin

Thrillist sat down to interview Aaron Franklin of Franklin's in Austin . It's a great read about his enthusiasm for BBQ and how he "fell into it" so to speak. There are people who think you

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

Buyouts in Austin

Lots of news around a few major buyouts in Austin recently - in particular HomeAway by Expedia, and Retail Me Not being bought out by Harland Clarke Holdings Corp - and the Statesman covers it well.

Scott Francis
July 7, 2020

Practical Article about Raising Money in Austin

The ABJ just posted an article about fundraising in Austin , with quotes from our friend Brett Hurt at Data.World, Greg Stock of Zenoss, and Joe Ross of CSID. We were one of the companies that rai

Scott Francis
July 7, 2020

Role Models for the Rest of Us

A couple of notes on two of my favorite people - Heather Brunner and Sandy Kemsley.? Last week I commented on Thinktiv and the great work that they do. But today, let's take a moment to thank Heathe

Scott Francis
July 7, 2020

Working with the Best at Thinktiv

I've thanked Thinktiv before on our blog, because they did great work for us at a time when we really needed the help.? This time I'm writing about them because there's a great article on BuiltInAust

Scott Francis
July 7, 2020

SXSW Parting Thoughts

After SXSW this year there was no rest for the weary. The following week was IBM's InterConnect conference which is a big deal for BP3 as we're a big IBM partner (in particular in business process and

Scott Francis
July 7, 2020

Machine Learning is Driving the Partnership Between IBM & Salesforce

So it wasn't that long ago that I wrote about Salesforce and interesting business process opportunities around it.? IBM and Salesforce must agree- announcing a partnership almost the following day, a

Scott Francis
July 7, 2020

Pretty Much How I Feel About Austin, Too

Will Harrison recently wrote about Austin's food scene: " THANKS QUESO! HOW AUSTIN'S RESTAURANT SCENE CHANGED THIS MIDWESTERNER'S LIFE. " As a fellow Midwesterner, I can relate.? And we just had some

Scott Francis
July 7, 2020

Our Neighbors at Data.World on Work-Life Integration

Some good friends work over at Data.World so we follow their news with interest.? More than that, they're neighbors in our building and we're fans of their offering. Brett Hurt recently sat down fo

Scott Francis
July 7, 2020

2016: Year in Review

Scott Francis
July 7, 2020

Creative Space to fit the Culture for an Austin Home Grown Startup

Our sincere congratulations to our neighbors, Red Velvet Events, who have recently acquired a standalone retail building which will be remodeled and by the end of 2017 will be their new headquar

Scott Francis
July 7, 2020

Ringing in the New Year with Startup City Rankings

Catching up on some of the articles I saved from December over the weekend, I came across this one from American Genius: Austin knocks San Fran out of the top spot for best startup hub . We?re n

Scott Francis
July 7, 2020

Data, Machine Learning, and Austin B-Cycle

Tim Gasser has written a series of posts analyzing Austin's B-Cycle data . It's a fascinating study of a topic of interest to Austinites: the B-Cycles; and a great set of examples for how to apply da

Scott Francis
July 7, 2020

Jason Cohen: Look at what we did

I love Jason Cohen's blog.? To start the new year, he does not disappoint with this blog post . ?You must be so proud of what you created? ? the reflexive conclusion delivered by visitors to our b

Scott Francis
July 7, 2020

Another Great Year with BP3

2016 was good to BP3, and I have a lot to be thankful for as a result. BPM software and BPM engines are becoming increasingly ubiquitous and foundational to the IT landscape.? As I look forward, the

Scott Francis
July 7, 2020

A Great Example of Passing the Torch

[Occasionally I write about local Austin startups out of a mixture of community, curiosity, and connection to our world of process - this is one of those moments.] Recently Matt Chasen announced t

Scott Francis
July 7, 2020

Happy Thanksgiving 2016!

We have a lot to be thankful for this year, as the Thanksgiving Holiday arrives. On Monday we had a great potluck with our team at the office.? Yesterday our team joined HEB in packing 14,000 me

Scott Francis
July 7, 2020

Thoughts on 10x Growth

Jason Cohen, founder of WP Engine, has a brilliant take on the age old question of startups "How do we 10x?" .? As he says, "a great question when a startup is young. Does it always remain the right

Scott Francis
July 7, 2020

The intersection of Lean Startup and Design Thinking

Stanford's Graduate School of Business publication ran a great article about leveraging both Design Thinking and Lean Startup .? And who better to opine on this than the university that partially ga

Scott Francis
July 7, 2020

The Best Tacos in Austin?

Another article on the home of tacos, Austin, TX . To hear Austinites tell it, they damn near invented the taco. They?re certainly not above declaring war over one, which Mayor Adler did, even cre

Scott Francis
July 7, 2020

The Austin American-Statesman Weighs in on the Best Places to Work in Austin

We've heard from Fortune and the ABJ , and now the Austin American-Statesman weighs in as part of their Sunday edition.? The methodology and approach to evaluating may be different but the results

Scott Francis
July 7, 2020

Austin Tech and Politics: Go Vote!

The Statesman recently covered Austin's tech community and our involvement in politics .? The tech industry ? which employs more than 100,000 people in Central Texas ? is becoming more politically

Scott Francis
July 7, 2020

The ABJ Fast 50 2016: BP3 is in the Top Ten

For the sixth year in a row, BP3 is in the Austin Fast 50 list, published by the Austin Business Journal . This year we returned to the top 10 in the "Over $10M" category - a great achievement fo

Scott Francis
July 7, 2020

A Great Place to Work

BP3 has been a great place to work for me since 2007.? And what makes it a great place to work for me?? The fantastic team I get to work with every day. As we've grown, one of the great joys of

Scott Francis
July 7, 2020

Investing: a Story of Culture and Values

We?re new to the idea of having investors in BP3, and still adjusting.? So far it has been a great process.? One of the milestones was attending our investors? limited partner gathering, to whic

Scott Francis
July 7, 2020

Austin Culture: Export of the Future?

With the advent of South by South Lawn (SXSL) last week, followed by the Great Places to Work conference coming to Austin this week, the topic of Austin exporting its culture comes to mind.

Scott Francis
July 7, 2020

14 Austin Startups to Watch

Nice post here on Techspace: 14 Austin Startups to Watch in 2017 .? I sure hope they're right, as we're on the list! " BP3 Business process management company BP3 uses data and insights derive

Scott Francis
July 7, 2020

SXSW Futures

I hope it isn't too early to think about this, but Hugh Forrest has recently published his expectations for SXSW 2017 .? It's an interesting read, and I think in a brief moment, it explains the appe

Scott Francis
July 7, 2020

The Five Most Important Considerations for Application Development Monitoring

Our very own David Rosen wrote a nice post over on the IBM Middleware User Community forum on the subject of Application Development Monitoring: A follower of the martial art Tang Soo Do cannot

Scott Francis
July 7, 2020

Brazos UI 5 Released!

Today BP3 proudly announces the latest update to the industry's leading UI toolkit for the IBM Business Process Manager coach framework.? It is no surprise to our readers that Brazos remains the mos

Andrew Paier
July 7, 2020

Startups and IT Buyers

The Wall Street Journal recently wrote " Tech Startups Struggle to Close Deals with IT Buyers " - and it is a compelling read: Yet startup products and services for enterprises, while more accepted

Scott Francis
July 7, 2020

Tech Votes Austin

We're proud to support Tech Votes Austin - a new organization in 2016 to motivate tech companies to get their employees registered to vote and participating in the process. And while most of the ne

Scott Francis
July 7, 2020

Outside the Valley

A few fascinating articles have been published recently about software developers and software talent.? Quartz weighs in recently with the discovery that 90% of software developers work outside of S

Let's Talk Espresso

Austin is home to some fantastic coffee shops (and roasters).? The Austinot published a story over the summer relating interviews with four top baristas in Austin .? I've been to two of the four cof

Scott Francis
July 7, 2020

Another Austin Tech Awakening

The Austin Tech community has been awakened by a year of setbacks in tech policy, according to the American Genius : Enter 2016, the year that the tech sector loudly lamented what they felt was a

Scott Francis
July 7, 2020

No Heroes Here

I love this post by Fred Wilson of Union Square Ventures:? ? Understanding VCs ?.? He was reacting to a tweet by Joe Fernandez:? ?too many young entrepreneurs talk about vc?s like they?re heroes an

Scott Francis
July 7, 2020

BP3 in the Austin Small Business Essentials Event

Salesforce hosted a small business essentials event in Austin recently, and our very own Ted Irani represented BP3 on the panel.? It was great to see a couple friends on that panel - Clint Smith of

Scott Francis
July 7, 2020

Growth vs. Excellence

Generally speaking people believe that there is a tension between growth and excellence.? It makes a certain intuitive sense - the number of people that are top 10% doesn't change very much over t

Scott Francis
July 7, 2020

Top 50 Private Companies in Austin

Ranked by Revenue, the ABJ recently covered the top 50 private companies in Austin .? It's a pretty interesting list - with Dell topping it at $58 Billion in revenue... And you can learn a bit ab

Scott Francis
July 7, 2020

Proud of our 2016 Interns!

Our 2016 Intern program was fantastic. We had a bigger crew this year and they flexed their muscle to advance our Brazos Portal product and to explore some interesting ideas of their own. And th

Scott Francis
July 7, 2020

Nine Years and Counting

Today marks my 9th anniversary of full-time work at BP3.? I can't believe it is 9 years, it has happened so fast.? We went from coffee conversations to a 100+ person organization worldwide in wh

Scott Francis
July 7, 2020

6 Years in the Austin Fast 50 List: 2016 ABJ Fast 50 Announced

Every year the Austin Business Journal covers the Fast-50 :? fifty of the fastest growing private companies in Austin.? Over the last 8-9 years, Austin has also been the strongest economy withi

Scott Francis
July 7, 2020

Raise Your Hand

One of the banes of time and materials consulting is over-running estimates.? Many consulting companies win business by bidding low and then running change orders or cost overruns to extract mor

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

Visualizing Process, BP3 Style

[Note from Scott Francis: At BP3 we're always thinking about how to create more value for our customers via process-thinking.? More recently we've been applying some great insights with visualizatio

Andrew Paier
July 7, 2020

Austin is a Great place to Grow a Business

I just saw an article in the Austin Business Journal - apparently CNBC has named Austin the #1 city for startups : Owing to its entrepreneurial bent, the quality of its labor pool and its booming

Scott Francis
July 7, 2020

Funding in Austin, and Our Experience

Much has been made of the funding climate in Austin over the last 6 months or more.? Further, much as been made of Austin's City Council's relationship with high tech, given its policies regarding

Scott Francis
July 7, 2020

Culture: SaaS Companies and the Stall

Jason Lemkin's post about SaaS companies stalling out at $20M s a good read . In it, he uses a fictional company that is growing 14% a month on a $5M base of annual recurring revenue to make a point

Scott Francis
July 7, 2020

Speaking of Culture: Boots

[caption id="attachment_9436" align="alignnone" width="2081"] Bonus points if you can name the brand and composition of each boot![/caption] Culture is partly about tradition.? At BP3 we have a few

Scott Francis
July 7, 2020

Culture: Unlimited Vacation

A recent article in the Austin American-Statesman touts the "unlimited vacation" benefits that some Austin tech companies provide .? BP3 happens to be one of those companies, though we weren't cover

Scott Francis
July 7, 2020

BP3 News Roundup

Obviously we're pretty excited to get great coverage from local and other media outlets on our recent funding.? It's always fun to take time to share your good news with others, and see them take an

Scott Francis
July 7, 2020

A Big Day for our Team

[caption id="attachment_8840" align="alignleft" width="408"] Accepting a Great Place to Work award from Fortune Magazine: Flournoy Henry, Lance Gibbs, Scott Francis[/caption] For nine years we've r

Scott Francis
July 7, 2020

Austin American-Statesman: Austin-based business software maker collects millions for expansion

[caption id="attachment_9426" align="alignnone" width="750"] photo credit: LeeAnn Lo[/caption] It's an honor to be covered in our home-town paper, the Austin American-Statesman, with respect to our

Scott Francis
July 7, 2020

For Release: With $10 million investment, BP3 Global catches the third wave of enterprise software disruption

For Release: With $10 million investment, BP3 Global catches the third wave of enterprise software disruption Austin, Texas ? BP3 Global, the leading provider of business process and decision

Scott Francis
July 7, 2020

Austin has its Groove: Two Interesting Perspectives on Austin Tech

Over the last 24 hours I read two perspectives on Austin that almost perfectly capture the zeitgeist of what's going on here.? First, there's this piece about Austin being in the top 5 cities for t

Scott Francis
July 7, 2020

Flying from Austin to Frankfurt

I predict more business between Austin and Germany if early signs for the new direct flight Condor is running between Austin and Frankfurt are any indications.? Several friends have already bought

Scott Francis
July 7, 2020

Best BBQ in America

Well, this is a topic that never really gets old.? The best barbecue spots in America . Or in Austin.? But let's get real - Austin has become ground zero for BBQ in America. BBQ appeals to us becaus

Scott Francis
July 7, 2020

Taking Wellness Seriously

Wellshift's blog just had a nice call-out to the Austin best places to work who take wellness seriously : Austin Business Journal has announced it's list of The Best Places to Work in 2016. The

Scott Francis
July 7, 2020

FOR RELEASE: BP3 NAMED SECOND BEST PLACE TO WORK IN AUSTIN

BP3 Global ( https://www.bp-3.com ),?a global provider of business process and decision management (BPM) software and services has been named second in the Best Places to Work in the Medium Companies

Krista White
July 7, 2020

We're committed to the UK, and we're committed to Europe

In the Austin American-Statesman on July 1st, Lori Hawkins and Lilly Rockwell ask " What's next for Austin tech companies after Brexit? " It's a fair question to ask - because Austin and London t

Scott Francis
July 7, 2020

Austin's Best Places to Work in 2016: BP3 Places #2 on the List!

Our team at BP3 has once again voted us to the top of the list for places to work in Austin.? 75 companies participated in 4 categories.? We finished #2 this year in the our category (50-249 emp

Scott Francis
July 7, 2020

Best Burgers in Austin

Thrillist occasionally produces great content about Austin, and a series of "bests" in Austin has really done well with it. ?? Recently they posted a list of the 25 burgers to eat before you die (n

Scott Francis
July 7, 2020

BP3 & Student Loan Genius

Plansponsor.com has published a profile of BP3 and our Student Loan Repayment benefits .? It's great coverage of the benefit that we provide to our employees via another Austin startup, Student Loa

Scott Francis
July 7, 2020

Contributing back to the Community

We spend a fair amount of time giving back to the BPM community by sharing our best practices.? But we also like to give back when it comes to our experiences and know-how in other areas. Two recent

Scott Francis
July 7, 2020

Austin Coffee Startup: Houndstooth

As noted previously in this space, I'm a fan of Austin startups - even when they're not tech startups.? Houndstooth has been serving up some of the best cups of Coffee in Austin since they open

Scott Francis
July 7, 2020

Indeed, Austin, Trilogy

A nice profile of Chris Hyams showed up in the Sunday Times (UK). The occasion was a visit to Indeed's Dublin offices. Though not a household name, Indeed is the world?s most-used jobs site, with

Scott Francis
July 7, 2020

Austin Tech Downtown

Nice article in the Statesman's new 512tech feature on the wave of tech companies locating downtown . Google is part of a wave of tech firms that are choosing downtown offices for their Austin ope

Scott Francis
July 7, 2020

Best Place for Recent Graduates?

Last week's theme for BP3 was international expansion - into Holland and Denmark .? This week the theme is great places to work.? BP3 is again in the Austin list of best places to work .? W

Scott Francis
July 7, 2020