Sandy Kemsley: October 2006 Archives

links for 2006-10-31

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Techcrunch » Blog Archive » Prosper.com To Announce Milestones Tuesday U.S. person-to-person lending firm reaches 100,000 users and $20M in loans. Disintermediate your bank today! (tags: web2.0) » ESBs: the analysts like them, but where's their future? | Service-Oriented... Read More..
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Here's a cool twist: Dion Hinchcliffe, whose Web 2.0 writings I have often referenced in the past, has been using his Flickr account to hold the graphics that he uses to illustrate his blog posts. The twist this time, however,... Read More..
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A great webinar on Web 2.0 just finished on ebizQ, which is not normally the place where you'd see a lot of pure Web 2.0 stuff unrelated to integration technologies. You'll be able to see the replay within 24 hours... Read More..
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OMG Infopalooza

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The OMG's fall newsletter is out (although as my Aussie friends remind me, it's spring down there), including notice of their technical meeting in DC on December 4-8. This will include a session by OMG BPMI on "Improving Business Process... Read More..
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links for 2006-10-30

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Flickr4Writer Flickr plugin for Windows Live Writer. Via mynameiskate.ca (tags: blogging) Inside Architecture : Should Enterprise Architecture rock your world? A great short post by Nick Malik on why you should be doing EA. A good intro to those... Read More..
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I received Proforma's press release last week about the Forrester report on process modelling tools (PDF, free download), in which Proforma places well against their usual competitors, IDS Scheer and MEGA. All three are in the leaders category, with Proforma leading... Read More..
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Q&A about BPM

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I had an email recently from a self-proclaimed BPMS newbie, and I thought that I'd publish his questions and my answers. Feel free to drop in your comments on any of these. Q1. I couldn't find any single BPMS product... Read More..
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I wrote back in July about CentraSite, a standards-based SOA forum and a freely-available product for SOA registry, repository and other functions. This week, I received notice that CentraSite is now launched (I guess that I was playing with beta... Read More..
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CIO Insight recently published a survey on business process improvement wherein 66% of the respondents state that BPI is their #1 priority. There's a lot of stats in here to paw through, such as 62% stating that data integration problems are... Read More..
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Reportedly from IBM, although the credits don't state there, there are three short (just over a minute each) videos on SOA here, here and here on YouTube. Pretty simplistic, but a nice animated way to introduce the subject.... Read More..
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links for 2006-10-28

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Nine ideas for IT managers considering Enterprise 2.0 Dion Hinchcliffe has some good points on adopting Web 2.0 in the enterprise. I covered some of the points in my recent Web 2.0/BPM podcast. (tags: web2.0)... Read More..
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links for 2006-10-26

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IBM Launches Initiative of SOA Products, Services "latest release of WebSphere Process Server enhances support for advanced human workflow capabilities"...guess they're not going to need that FileNet stuff after all (tags: bpm soa) Don't Let Process Become an Innovator's... Read More..
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The Virtual WebSphere BPM User Group is hosting a 2-day Virtual Jam on the BPM with SOA forum. I heard about this from Bruce, who points to the registration page; note that you have to join the Global WebSphere Users... Read More..
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links for 2006-10-25

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Estimating the Effort of Documenting an As-Is Process -Tyner Blain Some good thoughts on how to estimate some of your business analysis tasks (tags: bpm development) Mashup University on ZDNet.com Videos of the Mashup U sessions (tags: mashups)... Read More..
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This is completely off topic, but I'll be in Vienna, Austria for New Year's, and there is a big concert by the Vienna Philharmonic on the morning of January 1st that we would absolutely love to attend -- my other half... Read More..
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links for 2006-10-24

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Business Rules And Requirements -Tyner Blain Scott asks the questions "What is the difference between a business rule and a business requirement? Does the difference matter?" (tags: businessrules development)... Read More..
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Nike BPM webinar

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BPM? Just do it! I'm sitting in on a webinar about how Nike implemented BPM in their credit claims department, and it turns out that "just do it" is more than just an ad slogan, it's their internal mantra as... Read More..
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I met David Duignan of the Fillmore Technology Group at the ABPMP meeting that I crashed in San Francisco earlier this year -- David's involved in the San Diego chapter. He sent me an email a couple of weeks ago, and... Read More..
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links for 2006-10-17

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Hacknot - Developers are from Mars, Programmers are from Venus One opinion on the different between developers and programmers (tags: development productivity) elemental links: Office 2.0 Podcast Jam "Transcript": Business focused IT Toolkit mixing Excel and SOA with "2.0"... Read More..
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links for 2006-10-16

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wien.at - Information and services of the City of Vienna available on the Web (tags: europe travel) Welcome to Mozart beneath the Stars Vienna tourism guide (tags: europe travel) Vienna City Guide - Vienna Tourist - Vienna Travel -... Read More..
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There's just something about that mid-Western accent that I find endearing, and when Roy Massie from SunGard first pronounced "insurance" as a two-syllable word, I was hooked. Roy's was the last non-Proforma presentation of the conference, and he was the... Read More..
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Proforma for ITIL

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ITIL is not a subject that I spend a lot of time thinking about, but John Clark from HP does. John sat beside me for all of day 2 (except when he was presenting :) ), and I had the... Read More..
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Laura Six-Stallings from QAD gave a presentation on how they are using enterprise architecture for strategic corporate planning, which absolutely fascinated me since most EA projects that I've been involved in have been focussed at much lower levels. She used... Read More..
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Six Sigma and Proforma

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Day 2 of the Proforma conference included three additional customer presentations, one from a partner, then all the exciting stuff about the upcoming product release. Following on the heels of the panel at the end of day 1, in which... Read More..
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Our after-lunch keynote on the first day was by Geary Rummler, co-creator of the well-known Rummler-Brache methodology and author of Improving Performance: How to Manage the White Space in the Organization Chart. In case you're not getting the significance of this,... Read More..
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The last customer presentation of Day 1 at the Proforma conference was Mary Baumgartner Vellequette from Genentech's Corporate Treasury division. Through curiosity on both of our parts, Mary and I later toured the show floor of the International Lingerie show... Read More..
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Sometimes I don't pick up a lot from a presentation, or at least I don't write a lot of notes about what I learned from it. Bill Riordan from HP talked about modelling customer support centre processes, but I came... Read More..
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Modelling for the masses

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Cheryl Hamrick of Tennessee Valley Authority didn't really tell us about their specific usages of Proforma, but took us through how they spread the use of Proforma through the enterprise. From conversations that I had at the conference, it seems... Read More..
It was Craig Confoy's presentation on Johnson & Johnson Pharma where I really started to get interested in the issue of where EA sits in the enterprise. Although the "E" in EA stands for "Enterprise", it seems that most organizations,... Read More..
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Mary Berger from Land O' Lakes kicked off the customer presentations by talking about how they modelled several of their core business processes in spite of the lack of in-house resources, both analysts and SMEs. They backfilled their own resources with some... Read More..
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I totally slacked off after leaving the conference on Thursday afternoon, spending the early evening at the Voodoo Lounge catching the sunset from 51 floors, then hanging around the Masquerade mezzanine watching the Mardi Gras show before turning in early enough to... Read More..
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My Web 2.0 and BPM podcast is now online at the Office 2.0 Podcast Jam. Enjoy.... Read More..
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There's wifi in the conference room, but you have to sign up at the business centre for it ahead of time, which was just too much logistics for me to blog live. However, it's 5am on Day 2 and my... Read More..
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This past weekend was Canadian Thanksgiving, so I was off for four days at the cottage. Now, I'm blogging in a hurry while I'm waiting for my airport taxi to arrive. However, I'm not headed for San Francisco; in spite... Read More..
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Grow up, guys

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I just finished moderating today's Gartner/Appian webinar on ebizQ, which means that I did the intro at the beginning, then moderated the Q&A at the end. On ebizQ webinars, audience members can ask questions through a typed chat window, and... Read More..
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I'm moderating a webinar today at 2pm (Eastern), Driving the BPM Initiative, featuring Jim Sinur of Gartner and Steve Seese of Appian. Although I don't know Steve, I've heard Jim speak many times both online at at conferences, and he... Read More..
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links for 2006-10-01

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BPMN Diagrams - Intermediate Multiple Events -Tyner Blain (tags: bpmn) BPMN Diagrams - Sequence Flow -Tyner Blain (tags: bpmn) BPMN Compensation Event Correction -Tyner Blain (tags: bpmn) BPMN Deadlock -Tyner Blain (tags: bpmn) Free BPMN Stencils for Visio 2003... Read More..
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