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Quicklectic: Popular Posts and Redux Update

[tweetmeme source=”ashish_bhagwat” only_single=false] A quick update on what’s up at Eclectic Zone… Last week, I have started blogging at Redux Online as guest blogger. I feel excited about being able to share my thoughts through more channels. I already have few posts there, check them out! There’s one on BPM-SOA confusion titled “And We Thought […]

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Is this Data for BPM?

IBM have published a new research topic and standard called BEDL (Business Entity Definition Lanuage), the theme is Data4BPM. But, this is Data modeling redux. And please do not call this as Data4BPM – right concepts that always existed but not applicable to current state of BPM! Read to know why…

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Defining BPM and State thereof – The Perspectives at Play

With so many perspectives at play and with BPM community comprising multiple sub-communities with heterogeneous views, it is darn too difficult to define BPM that covers all the aspects and still satisfies everyone. When it comes to defining BPM, it will always be in a certain context and when a customer looks for the right definition the question that needs to be asked is – what’s your business’s objective, and what’s the problem you’re trying to solve. BPM, at the end of the day needs to make the business more agile &responsive and business processes more efficient and flexible.

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Great Aesthetics, Good Notes, Bad Design!

[tweetmeme source=”ashish_bhagwat” only_single=false] Whenever I see an object with a specific note attached to it, to me that means bad design. It doesn’t matter how aesthetically great the product looks. I experience so many day-to-day objects of usage with glaringly bad design yet with great aesthetics, I thought I’d jot down few that irritate me […]

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BPM Ecosystem – Blurring Boundaries or Systematic Convergence?

In the initial years of BPM, we thought we had few problems that would slowly disappear with maturity in the discipline / technology. Come 2010, and we are dealing with more variants of similar problems. Depending on where you look from and where your stakes lie, this could be a case of blurring boundaries or of significant convergence in BPM ecosystem as illustrated here. Can we all “converge” and leverage on our best opportunity in recent times to really take BPM to where it belongs?

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Unified Communication will play an important role in BPM (why ignore it?)

Most of the current focus of Social BPM is around Web 2.0 and social networking. It’s amusing that Unified Communication (UC) has been overlooked. Social media do their bit in terms of bringing people together on some of these media. But, a whole lot of duplication of collaboration effort can be reduced drastically by leveraging UC. I’m convinced UC will play an important role in BPM, but should it remain a subconscious effort?

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Catalog based Pricing in BPM business – Challenge lies in defining the process unit

On a tweet-chat today, Connie Moore from Forrester mentioned that the entry price from one of the vendors for BPM in cloud is around 3K/month for a single process. The immediate question that popped in my head was how do you decide on the pricing unit in this case. And unless we have defined the benchmark for the process unit, the numbers will keep getting thrown everywhere on the price per unit without any analytical value attached to them. Vendors can come and throw numbers in public while in reality the deals are signed on specifics of the processes with prospects where the work starts from scratch again. No restaurant menu cards or catalog based pricing yet in this business?!

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BPM in Cloud? Really? Not anytime soon…

The closest that comes to what’s happening on the ground is “Process-Modeler-as-a-Service” [Not BPA in the cloud, again!] and “BPMS-Platform-as-a-Service” or “BPMS-platform-in-the-cloud”. And this trend is expected to continue for the next couple of years. We don’t have all the ingredients in place, and don’t expect in the next couple of years, to have any success with something like “Business-Process-as-a-Service” or “Business-Process-in-the-Cloud”, which should be a milestone for achieving BPM in cloud in true sense. An immediately acceptable outcome out of these cloud capabilities being built around BPA and BPMS platforms would be a faster proof of capability with a lower investment on silo-ed or simple processes, without the high-end expectations of turning around the business process efficiency.

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