What makes a business process green? « BPM BlueWorks

After years of working in Business Process Management software at IBM and focusing on helping companies improve their processes, and hearing all about climate change, global warming, and carbon emissions reductions, I can’t help but wonder what considerations makes a process greener or more “sustainable”.

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The Gap between Interest and Importance in the BPM Community

An interesting (if rather long) post from the ARIS blog about the gap between Interest and Importance in the BPM Community. Click the link above to read more

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Appian 6 Takes Dead Aim at SMB Market

Check out this website I found at ow.ly

Historically, BPM has been a luxury reserved for large enterprise clients that have both the budget and the abundance of process applications to justify the complex software. But the emergence of cloud-based, subscription alternatives coupled with the fiscal imperative for vendors to create new revenue streams has everyone from IBM (NYSE: IBM) and Oracle (NASDAQ: ORCL) to Appian mining the SMB market.

To get that SMB gold, vendors know simplicity is the key.

Click the link above to find out more about why.

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Gartner Releases Review of Microsoft BPM Strategy, Recognizes Value of Business Process Alliance

Check out this article I found at blogs.msdn.com

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Cloud Computing in a Box, from IBM - White Papers, Webcasts and Case Studies - ZDNet


Decades worth of technology iterations have created a type of parallel universe in the data center. There are millions of under-utilized and under-supervised systems that don't function together or act like one system at all. A smarter approach to IT is needed and the answers may very well depend on cloud computing.

In this video, learn about a new breed of built-for-purpose, workload-specific cloud computing package that provides IT executives with the capabilities required for a dynamic infrastructure

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CIOs seek better results, lower costs | The Industry Standard

CIOs and IT leaders can see the light at the end of the dark economic tunnel, but that hasn’t shifted the majority of their focus from increasing productivity and reducing costs, according to recent research.

Recession-resistant: 10 technologies CIOs are still buying

Prediction: Facebook buys Yammer in 2009?

More than half of nearly 250 CIOs, CTOs and IT executives surveyed by the Society for Information Management (SIM) said their top business concern in 2009 is business productivity and cost reduction

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Nefos Selects Magic Software's Business, Process Integration Suite

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Nefos Selects Magic Software's Business, Process Integration Suite

By Anuradha Shukla, TMCnet Contributor

Magic Software Enterprises has reportedly partnered with nefos GmbH, a consulting partner of Salesforce.com (News - Alert) located in Zurich, Switzerland.

Click the link above to read more

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Metastorm Discovery: an MRI of your business

Your business is like the human body—strong and complex yet relying on a delicate cohesion amongst its many interrelated systems.

Last month I explained how Metastorm Enterprise is the brain behind your operation—gathering and interpreting data, and responding accordingly. But how do you decipher the complex workings of the internal structure and operation of your business’ people, systems and processes to eventually achieve enterprise optimization?


With Metastorm Discovery, your organization will be empowered to: . . . . . . .

Click on the link above for more information and to find out what you will be empowered to do with Metastorm Discovery

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Is SaaS transforming the CIO's role? - Computerworld Blogs

The way Tim Minahan sees it, the rise of Software as a Service business applications is shaking up traditional roles in IT. In the brave new world of cloud computing CIOs become "best practice business assemblers," techno-savvy business line managers become more influential over technology decisions, and consultants move away from hands-on coding and application customizations to "best practices and change management process experts."

Sound too easy?

Click the link above if it does sound too easy....

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Software AG Has Already Acquired More Than 75% of IDS Scheer AG

Software AG today announced that it now has secured over 75 percent of the shares of IDS Scheer AG through its wholly owned subsidiary SAG Beteiligungs GmbH after the first Offer Period.

ebizQ received the following:

The first Offer Period closed on Friday, September 18th and an additional Offer Period of two weeks is expected to start on September 24, 2009. Future integration steps may include a domination agreement as basis for joint business operations. Joint operations will allow both companies to address the new business opportunities that formed the rationale of the acquisition. This includes product and services cross-selling to a significantly larger customer base, leveraging IDS Scheer's consulting services expertise and address larger customer projects in key markets.

"We are extremely pleased that we may now start the preparation of aligning our operations to gain additional business opportunities" said Software AG CEO, Karl-Heinz Streibich. "This acquisition is focused on growth for all our business areas and I am happy that we may now demonstrate the benefits of joining forces to our customers, investors and employees."

Software AG, through its wholly-owned subsidiary SAG Beteiligungs GmbH, continues to offer remaining IDS Scheer share holders �15 a share. An additional offer period of two weeks will start after the final result of the first offer period has been published.

"We are happy with the very positive response to our offer so far," said CFO Arnd Zinnhardt. "The acquisition process is on track and we expect a further uptake of our offer during the additional offer period. We have passed an important milestone and look forward to realizing synergies."

The article above comes from eBizQ. What are the implications of this?

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Process isomorphism: The critical link between SOA and BPM | Dana Gardner’s BriefingsDirect | ZDNet.com

ZapThink has long championed the close relationship between business process management (BPM) projects and service-oriented architecture (SOA) initiatives. As anyone who has been through our Licensed ZapThink Architect Bootcamp can attest, we have a process-centric view of SOA, where the point to building loosely coupled business services is to support metadata-driven compositions that implement business processes, what we call service-oriented business applications, or SOBAs, for want of a better term.

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Lombardi Blueprint Adds Support for BPMN 2.0

Lombardi Blueprint Adds Support for BPMN 2.0

Standards-Based Model Portability Added to Latest Version of Process Discovery and Collaboration Tool

Austin, TX – September 15, 2009 – Lombardi®, a leader in business process management (BPM) software, today announced that Lombardi Blueprint™, the company’s SaaS-based BPM product, has extended its industry standards support to include a shipping implementation of the Object Management Group’s BPMN 2.0 process model interchange format.  The BPMN 2.0 specification, which is currently in beta, is an XML-based format for representing business processes.

“We believe that BPMN 2.0 will quickly become the de facto standard for exchanging process diagrams among modeling tools,” said Dave Marquard, Lombardi Blueprint’s product manager. “Blueprint’s BPMN 2.0 implementation is designed to help further the standards discussion, and serve as a reference for others in the industry. Well designed and supported standards are hugely beneficial for our customers, and Lombardi’s committed to helping BPMN 2.0 do just that.”

Lombardi Blueprint is an ‘on-demand’ process improvement platform that simplifies how companies map business processes, identify problems, and prioritize improvement opportunities. The latest release of Blueprint exports process models in the BPMN 2.0 format, ensuring diagram portability and semantic integrity of customer business processes across modeling tools.

Focused on achieving broad participation in process improvement, Blueprint is available to users entirely through a browser, providing multiple views of process information and using wiki-style collaboration to establish an “evergreen” central repository of information. It allows for processes to be implemented and executed in Lombardi Teamworks or any other BPM tool that a company selects. 

“For the first time, BPMN 2.0 has standardized the schema for XML interchange of process models,” said Dr. Bruce Silver, founder of BPMessentials. “That means that users can create a BPMN model in one tool and open it in another.  Lombardi Blueprint is the first tool to support this important new standard.”

In addition to BPMN 2.0, Blueprint also offers the ability to import existing Visio models, and export processes in other standard modeling notations such as XPDL 2.1, as well as to Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and Excel, offering companies the flexibility to use their information in the ways that they choose.

In a February 2009 report, entitled “Vendor Snapshot: Lombardi Blueprint Bridges Gap Between Process Discovery And Execution,” senior analyst Clay Richardson of Forrester Research wrote that “Lombardi Blueprint combines collaboration, ease of use, and a centralized process repository into an inexpensive and elegant SaaS-based offering.”  The report also stated “Lombardi is one of the first BPM suite vendors to deliver on the promise of ease of use for process analysts.” 

For more information about Lombardi Blueprint, please visit www.lombardi.com/blueprint .

About Lombardi

Lombardi is a leader in business process management (BPM). We offer award-winning BPM technology and services to help our customers, partners and government agencies around the world succeed with their process improvement initiatives.

Lombardi is behind some of the largest, most successful BPM implementations in the world. Our customers include AARP, Aflac, Allianz Group, Applied Materials, Banco Espirito Santo, Barclays Global Investors, Chiquita Brands, Dell, Financial Services Authority, Ford Motor Company, Hasbro, ING Direct, Intel, Jaguar Land Rover, Mirant, National Bank of Canada, National Institutes of Health, OAD Groep, Pfizer, PHH Arval, SIRVA, Symantec, UCLH, Wells Fargo, Yale University and numerous governmental agencies. For more information, visit www.lombardi.com.

Lombardi, Teamworks are registered trademarks and Teamworks Process Optimizer, Teamworks Portal, Teamworks for Office, Teamworks for SharePoint and Lombardi Blueprint are trademarks of Lombardi Software, Inc. All other company/product names and service marks may be trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective companies.

For more information:
Wayne Snell
Sr. Director of Marketing
+1.512.382.8200 ext. 377

You'll know of my fondness for Lombardi software if you read the review of The Lombardi Blueprint software earlier this year(http://process-cafe.blogspot.com/2009/03/review-lombardi-blueprint-modeling.html).>

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5 Steps to Choosing the Right BPM Suite from Metastorm Inc - White Paper - CIO UK Magazine

5 Steps to Choosing the Right BPM Suite

BPM Suites can deliver significant business benefits and a fast ROI - but only if you choose the right one.

A true BPM Suite will allow you to address the full, roundtrip process life-cycle for both human-centric and system-based processes with a single, integrated solution from a single vendor. The full roundtrip process life-cycle includes modelling, integration, automation, management, monitoring, analysis, simulation, and improvement - with the goal being to create the agility needed to continually repeat this cycle and fine-tune and optimize your business on a near real-time basis.

A white paper on choosing the right BPM suite. This comes from CIO.co.uk and you need to be registered to read it.

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IDS Scheer's ARIS Selected to Standardize Deloitte's Business Process Modeling Approach

IDS Scheer, which offers business process management (BPM) solutions, has announced that Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu will standardize its IndustryPrint business process management content on the ARIS Platform.

An interesting development. See more by clicking the link above

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Accelerate results by aligning Lean Six Sigma, BPM and SOA, from IBM - White Papers, Webcasts and Case Studies - ZDNet


There has never been a more important time to uncover process waste, reduce non-value adding activity, and increase productivity. Lean Six Sigma (LSS) produces real results, and when combined with business process management (BPM) and service oriented architecture (SOA) can position a company for growth as the economy begins to improve.

Find out more about best practices, the value of measures and monitoring, and how to get started in this webcast.

This is a free whitepaper from ZDnet. Click the highlighted link above to be taken to the download page

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Podcast: Developing Process Skills For Your Business Analysts

Podcast: Developing Process Skills For Your Business Analysts

Our latest featured podcast is Connie Moore's "Developing Process Skills For Your Business Analysts".

In this podcast, BP&A Research Director Connie Moore discusses best practices for developing process skills in Business Analysts.



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Hidden Cost of the Project - Business Ecology Initiative & Service-Oriented Solution

IT has a slogan: 'we have time and money to re-do the project three times but we do not have them to do the project one time right'. There is another believe as well saying that IT people should not expect the right development from the first attempt.

A good little article from ebizQ on the hidden cost of a project.

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