February 2007 Archives

Jim Sinur hosted a case study panel on scenario-based rules with two presenters: David Luce at UTi (a logistics outsourcing firm) and Husayn Alvarez-Gomariz at Micron (a semiconductor manufacturer). Luce started out talking about UTi, and how as a logistics provider, they are... Read More..
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For the second half of this morning's vendor sessions, I sat in on Fair Isaac's customer presentation, Michele Sprayregen Edelman of Discover Financial Services on Managing Business Rules and Analytics as an Enterprise Asset. As the largest proprietary credit card... Read More..
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I wanted to stop in on the Microsoft session, People-Ready Processes, in part because I'm a bit confused about what Microsoft is doing in this area, and in part because of the Business Process Alliance announcement from Monday. Microsoft sees... Read More..
We started the last day at the Gartner summit with a keynote by Yvonne Genovese, Business Applications Through 2010: Major Changes Will Affect Your Process Environment. Early in her presentation, she made an important statement: "the technology keeps breaking our... Read More..
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I finished up the day by attending Jim Sinur's session on continuous optimization. And thanks to Gartner, we have a brand new acronym: BOSS, for business optimization support systems. He has an interesting take on optimization that I agree with:... Read More..
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I really wanted to attend Daryl Plummer's analyst/user roundtable on BPM and Web 2.0, but they don't let press into those sessions, so I ducked in to hear Jesper Joergenson of BEA talk about Best Practices in Business Transformation. Jesper,... Read More..
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This afternoon, Jim Sinur hosted a panel on Implementing an Enterprise-Transforming BPMS, which included Jeff Akin from American Home Shield, Alan Jones from Sandisk, Craig Edmonds from Symetra Financial and Jodi Starkman-Mendelsohn of West Park Assessment Centre. American Home Shield's... Read More..
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The afternoon started with several simultaneous sessions by Gartner analysts, and I sat in on Bill Gassman talking about Measuring Processes in Real Time, or as he put it later, learning to live in real time. There's no doubt that... Read More..
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Lunchtime today was spent chatting with two other BPM bloggers: first, I met with Jesper Joergensen of BEA for a chat about what they're doing; then I spent some time with Keith Swenson of Fujitsu, mostly talking about BPM standards. Add... Read More..
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Arun Mathews of Motorola, a Savvion customer, presented on the experiences of implementing BPM at Motorola. He started out with a list of reasons why they started with BPM, ranging from Six Sigma projects driving the need for new policies and procedures,... Read More..
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Next up was the Appian customer panel, hosted by Michael Beckley, co-founder and VP of Product Strategy at Appian, who I had met last night at the Appian booth. Beckley started out with a few remarks about Appian, but the... Read More..
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The second keynote speaker of the day is Bruce Williams of Savvi International, author of Six Sigma for Dummies (and the accompanying workbook) and Lean for Dummies, speaking on What BPM Means to Business Innovation. Funny, at last year's Gartner... Read More..
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The second day started with a keynote by Daryl Plummer, BPM/SOA Elixir (unfortunately, I missed the breakfast session with Michele Cantara about the BPMS market, but I ended up in a fascinating discussion about requirements collaboration using wikis with Jason Klemow,... Read More..
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Sessions for the day finished with Peter Schwartz of Global Business Network talking about Scenario Planning -- Business and IT Strategies in an Uncertain World. He might seem like a strange choice to speak at a BPM conference, but his... Read More..
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Pegasystems Lunch

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This is out of chronological order, but I didn't have my laptop at lunch so had to reconstruct this from memory and a few scratched notes. I squeezed my way into the Pegasystems lunch, which was completely full, in order... Read More..
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Gartner Day 1: Jim Sinur

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Jim Sinur took the stage for Are Rules Inside-Out in BPM?, where he claimed that he'd push the envelope in how we thought about rules. He started with how rules are a start, but agility requires a full business rule... Read More..
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Metastorm and Lombardi both did something that I really dislike: instead of running two 30-minute sessions after lunch, as the schedule would indicate, they ran a 1-hour session that spanned the two 30-minute spots. Since I had planned to see one... Read More..
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After lunch, we had two short vendor sessions: in some cases, the vendor themselves presented; in others, the vendor's customer presented. For the first session, I went to see Metastorm's customer Great Clips talk about The Power of SOA & BPM... Read More..
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More tough decisions on which session to attend, but I'm here in Janelle Hill's BPM: A Change From Business As Usual. Hill talks about four sea changes that are currently impacting organizations: Globalization requires agility Information transparency accelerates product and... Read More..
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Contacting me at Gartner

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I know that a few people are trying to reach me here at Gartner to set up meetings. My cell phone is turned off whenever I'm in sessions, and returning voice mails is pretty low priority for me, so the best... Read More..
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I decided on Benoit Lheureux' session on BPM's role in multi-enterprise commerce, although we're had some technical difficulties and started late. This is much more about B2B and middleware than BPM, so it should be interesting to hear the perspective... Read More..
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Before we exited for the breakout sessions, Daryl Plummer outlined their plans for an open research meeting to be held on Wednesday, where we all have a chance to participate in Gartner's research here on site. He showed us four... Read More..
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1100 attendees have signed up for this Gartner BPM summit (although I imagine that some are still stuck trying to get here), not bad for only their third year at it. They're going to run another BPM summit in Orlando... Read More..
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Vendor announcements today seem to have a sci-fi theme: first it was IDS Scheer and Microsoft with the Alliance, and now it's Corticon with the Foundation: the Business Rules Foundation, that is. I had a sneak preview last week with... Read More..
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Vendor announcements are dropping from the trees around here this week, but I found this one particularly interesting after my trip to the IDS Scheer user conference a few weeks ago: Microsoft has selected IDS Scheer as a preferred business... Read More..
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I'm staying at the conference hotel for the Gartner BPM summit, which means that I get the goody bags in my room with some extra vendor spiffs. In tonight's bag: a rather weird "Top Secret" cardboard mini-briefcase from Global 360... Read More..
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I'm not sure that I get the purpose of these late afternoon registration-day sessions, before most of the conference attendees have even arrived -- are they intended to be introductory tutorials for those new to the field? Or a venue for... Read More..
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I totally forgot that there were some late afternoon sessions today at the Gartner BPM summit until I showed up at registration around 3:30 expecting it to be deserted, and found a lineup of people trying to get registered before the... Read More..
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links for 2007-02-23

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HousingMaps Mashup between Google maps and Craigslist housing listings for several cities. Via commandn.tv. (tags: mashups realestate web2.0)... Read More..
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Sporadic email problems

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If you've emailed me this week at my kemsleydesign.com address and the email has bounced, it's because I'm in the process of changing hosting providers and Yahoo (the relinquishing provider) is doing everything in its power to screw things up... Read More..
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The Incredible BPMN

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Last year, I developed a course on process standards for FileNet (now IBM) that they use to train their sales teams and partners. It included a bit on BPMN, among other standards, because FileNet will soon be launching an ability... Read More..
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Waiting for Blueprint

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In the world of Web 2.0, there's always some hot new service that you have to be invited to join, then you get on a waiting list, then (after a while) you finally get an account. Remember when Gmail was... Read More..
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I have a busy next few months lined up, between conferences that I'm attending (such as next week's Gartner BPM summit in San Diego -- check back here then for live blogging) and ones where I'm speaking (such as the... Read More..
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links for 2007-02-19

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DNS Quick Check - DNS Report Tool, Test your DNS delegation, DNS Servers, Mail and Web Servers, Network Admins, Webmasters, Hosting (tags: tools)... Read More..
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links for 2007-02-18

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PHP MySQL Tutorial (tags: development reference)... Read More..
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links for 2007-02-17

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BPMN Training Bruce Silver's BPMN training site. (tags: bpmn) Toronto Google Maps Mashups Compendium Including my personal fave, beerhunter.com (tags: toronto mashups web2.0 reference)... Read More..
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links for 2007-02-16

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gokubi.com » Blog Archive » What I've learned about donor management Steve Andersen posts some of his process maps about donor management. Kudos for sharing! (tags: bpm) WikiSummaries Free book summaries that anyone can edit! For all those books... Read More..
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BPM bloggers' podcast

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Elizabeth Book of ebizQ recently rounded up all of us BPM bloggers for a podcast: "Fearless BPM Predictions for 2007: SOA and BPM, the Yin and Yang of Enterprise Architecture". It's now live on the BPM In Action site (direct link... Read More..
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Mashup Camp 4 is scheduled for July 18-19, back in Silicon Valley. I'm at the BPM Think Tank in San Francisco the following week, so I'll just stay out there for the duration and enjoy the weekend between in San... Read More..
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Why Canadians lag in BPM

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Workflow Modelling, a book recommended by Bruce Silver (who knows more than a little about this subject). Buy from Amazon in the US for $66.30. Buy from Amazon in Canada for $106.50. In case you're not up on your exchange... Read More..
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I hosted a webinar -- now available for replay -- with Colin Teubner of Forrester and Jim Rudden of Lombardi on Tuesday this week, discussing collaborative process modelling and on-demand BPM in the wake of Lombardi's beta release of Blueprint... Read More..
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If you're a reader of BPMEnterprise.com, you may have noticed a new blogger on their list today: me! I had the chance to meet Dian Schaffhauser at the ARIS user conference last week, and she invited me to do a... Read More..
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Avoiding comment spam

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This blog, like all others at ebizQ, is hosted on a Movable Type platform. Personally, I prefer WordPress, but MT was ebizQ's platform of choice and hey, I'm just a guest here. In any case, we've had an incredible problem with comment... Read More..
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Savvion enters the brawl

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Nothing like a good old-fashioned vendor smackdown. In response to the software-as-a-service announcements by Lombardi and Appian on Monday, Pat "Fighting Irish" Morrissey of Savvion threw in his two cents worth: Yesterday's announcements are a beautiful snapshot of on-demand's reality... Read More..
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links for 2007-02-14

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World Economic Forum Webcasts: The Impact of Web 2.0 and Emerging Social Network Models (tags: web2.0)... Read More..
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It's not often that you get free advice from an analyst/consultant, but I gave this one away already today in a conversation with a vendor: don't ignore BPDM. The fact that Lombardi has already announced support for it as the... Read More..
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Vendor Valentines

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My other half didn't quite make it to the card store -- although I understand that a spa day is in my future -- but TIBCO remembered me on Valentine's Day (click on the image): I have to say, they... Read More..
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links for 2007-02-13

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VizThink1 The TorCamp community strikes again: "Viz Think is a vehicle for the community to meet, learn and discuss the ideas around the notion of Visual Thinking." (tags: torcamp web2.0)... Read More..
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Thanks to a kind invitation from Jim Sinur when we met at the IDS Scheer user conference last week, I'll be attending the Gartner BPM summit in San Diego on February 26-28. Watch for my live blogging from there under... Read More..
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Call it Love 2.0. All this talk about collaboration and presence yesterday, plus a blog post over on my "off topic" blog about Skype stalkers, and I've had a request from Skype's PR company to help find someone to interview... Read More..
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After the successful first BPMG chapter meeting here in Toronto, there's a second one planned for March 2nd. It would be nice if BPMG actually made some space on their site to advertise chapter events; you wouldn't find this information... Read More..
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CMP's Enterprise 2.0 conference in Boston on June 18-21 has opened up for registration. Topics include the changing role of IT (presumably as it becomes more commoditized and outsourced), creating a culture of collaboration, consumerization of the enterprise and others.... Read More..
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Late in the day today, likely after they saw my Lombardi Blueprint post, I received a message from Appian announcing that they had released an on-demand, subscription-based BPM service. This appears to be a SaaS version of their BPM suite,... Read More..
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links for 2007-02-12

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Toronto2007 in OpenCities Organizing page for Open Cities Toronto 2007, an unconference on all things open in Toronto (tags: web2.0 toronto opensource)... Read More..
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"Naked blogging" is a term that's applied to living your life transparently on the web through your blog and other social media, like Flickr, del.icio.us, Skype, LinkedIn, Library Thing and Facebook. Most of my friends around my age (which, as you can... Read More..
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links for 2007-02-10

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The Web 2.0 Retreat: Every Week on Sunday at 7:00PM EST in Second Life Dion Hinchcliffe hosts a Web 2.0 meetup in Second Life each week. (tags: web2.0) Why tech leaders think Second Life could be a gold mine... Read More..
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I'm just poking around the new Yahoo! Pipes service (think UNIX pipes and "small pieces loosely joined"), which is an interactive feed aggregator and manipulator: a.k.a., a tool for creating data mashups. I first saw it mentioned on Global Nerdy,... Read More..
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I fly home in the morning, so I'll be missing tomorrow's ARIS User Day; this was by design, since I really didn't want to sit through detailed product training sessions. I've had a number of people here recognize me... Read More..
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Last up today is Andrew Spanyi discussing the "soft and fuzzy stuff about business process governance" (his words), and I have to say that I don't envy him the 5pm speaking slot. The audience is sparse -- many having... Read More..
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Unfortunately, I had to step away from the conference for a couple of hours for some unrelated business -- a group podcast that you'll see here shortly, and an upcoming webinar -- but I was back in time to... Read More..
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The first breakout of day 2, I attended a session on "Optimizing Process Through Business Rules" with Marshal Edgison, Director of Application Development for ELM Resources, a not-for-profit organization focussed on facilitating and processing student loans, about how they're... Read More..
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The second session of the day was an executive customer roundtable with John Wheeler of Business Processes in Motion (he was formerly with Nova Chemicals, an ARIS customer, but now seems to be offering consulting services that he gently... Read More..
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Dr. Jost started the day with a presentation on "The Basis for Linking BPM & SOA". Someone may have been reading one of my posts from yesterday, because when he put up the obligatory slide of VW, he referred... Read More..
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I don't usually blog about breakfast, but I happened to end up sitting with Marc Kase of SAIC, whose presentation that I posted about yesterday. We had a great discussion about how they organize their team of business architects and... Read More..
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Great hotel? Check. Good food? Check. Wifi in the conference rooms? Check. Green tea available at the breaks? Check. M&M's in the press room? Check. Oh yeah, the conference content is good, too. :) I have to admit, I didn't... Read More..
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I skipped the last breakout session of the day for a discussion with Trevor Naidoo, IDS Scheer's Director of ARIS Solution Engineering. He's responsible for the pre-sales technical activities, and used to be an ARIS customer, so is very familiar with... Read More..
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The second customer breakout session was Todd Lohr of Zurich North America, who discussed various process modelling initiatives within Zurich. They've expended a ton of effort on detailed as-is process mapping in order to drive process improvement, and it appears... Read More..
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After lunch, I attended a couple of ARIS customer breakouts, the first of which was Marc Kase of SAIC. I won't give a lot of detail about their business processes, since I'm not sure how much that they really... Read More..
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For the first breakout session today, I heard Bill Swanton, who's VP Research at AMR Research. Although the topic was "BPM is the value in SOA", Swanton talked a lot about SOA-ing your ERP. AMR has obviously done a... Read More..
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Following the keynote by Prof. Scheer, we had the Gartner tag team of Jim Sinur (who covers BPM overall) and Michael Blechar (who covers modelling, information architecture, and model-driven architecture) on the subject of "What's New With BPM?" They... Read More..
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The opening keynote this morning was by Prof. August-Wilhelm Scheer, the founder and serious brain-trust behind IDS Scheer. You have to love this guy: not only is he brilliant and able to describe his ideas clearly, he opened and closed... Read More..
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I'm going to do as much live blogging as possible in order to give you a sense of what's going on here, which means that I won't be doing a lot of in-depth analysis in these posts, but will try... Read More..
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ARIS ProcessWorld

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I'm at the IDS Scheer user conference this week, so expect to see a lot of blogging about that around here. Leaving Toronto in -15C for +15C in Jacksonville, Florida wasn't my only reason for attending; I'm very interested in how... Read More..
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links for 2007-02-05

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Geni - Everyone's Related Family tree/social networking site. Today's favourite time-waster. (tags: web2.0) The Big List of Bookish Social Networks at Deeplinking The next Toronto-based "camp": LibraryCamp! (tags: torcamp books) BPTrends 2006 EA, Process Modeling and Simulation Tools Report... Read More..
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The agenda for the May Shared Insights conference on Portals, Collaboration and Content is online, with me in a speaking slot on the morning of the last day talking about the changing face of BPM.... Read More..
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I attended a webinar last week about Proforma and Workpoint, and I have to say that the "for more information" slide at the end of the presentation is the best one that I've ever seen in all my years of... Read More..
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BPM/SOA Primer

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Great webinar on BPM Basics today, BPM & SOA, where John Lojek gave an "18-Minute BPM and SOA Primer". Definitely a good introduction to the subject, particularly around the differences between BPM and SOA, and how they fit together. Phil... Read More..
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