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BPMN Model Interchange: Clearing the Hurdles

8/25/2010
We usually think of BPMN as a diagramming standard, but it is also -- in principle -- a model interchange standard, an XML format than can be exported from tool A and imported into tool B. In reality, however, BPMN model interchange faces serious -- some would say insurmountable -- hurdles...

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IBM Puts Spotlight on Lombardi

5/6/2010
Unlike Oracle's immediate announcement of a BPM roadmap after it acquired BEA, IBM does not appear to see any urgency in announcing a roadmap for Lombardi within the WebSphere family.

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Microsoft Adds BPMN to Visio (with Help from G360)

4/29/2010
It's safe to say that despite the proliferation of real BPMN tools, the majority of BPMN-like process diagrams that exist in the world have been created in Microsoft Visio. For me, Visio, by itself, was always just a "drawing" tool, not a real modeling tool... In Visio 2010 Premium, Microsoft has put a real BPMN editor into the box.

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BPMN Tool Interoperability: Make Your Voice Heard!

4/9/2010
Because BPMN 2.0 is a standard and defines an XML serialization, you can create a model in tool A and import it into tool B. Right? Umm, actually no. Well, isn't that what a standard is supposed to do? Yes. And isn't that what OMG has been claiming for years that BPMN 2.0 will do? Yes again. So once BPMN 2.0 is finalized in June, we still won't have tool interoperability? Well, there is a chance, but if you want it you will need to make your voice heard, and soon. The problem is that BPMN 2.0 i

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BPMN Training Is Taking Off

3/24/2010
Since my last virtual classroom training in January, I've done classes at Alcatel-Lucent in Paris, Raytheon in Tucson, Freddie Mac in Virginia, and I'm heading off soon to Sandia in Albuquerque. Last year it was about one a month; now it's 2.5 times that. What's different? A couple things that I see...

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BPMN 2.0 Update

3/5/2010
Last month, Robert Shapiro delivered an update on progress toward completing both XPDL 2.2 and BPMN 2.0... I would just add a couple points to the discussion. The first regards an explicit sorting of BPMN 2.0 shapes and symbols into subclasses...

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The Beginning of the End for BPM?

1/20/2010
Last week, Progress Software announced the acquisition of Savvion for $49 Million. On the heels of last month's purchase of Lombardi by IBM, this marks a turning point in the market for business process management systems: a disquieting one...

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IBM's Lombardi Buy: It was Bound to Happen

1/6/2010
There is no doubt IBM has been trying to make its own business process management system tooling more like Lombardi's for a year now... But they could never really grab hold of Lombardi's secret sauce, the "shared model."... Positioning that approach as "departmental" is a losing strategy...

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BPMN 2.0 and the Diagram Interchange Mess

8/19/2009
I am a big fan of OMG's Business Process Modeling Notation (BPMN) 2.0, which has passed its first approval hurdle and is now in the Finalization Task Force stage... But there is one part of the standard that the team messed up big time: Diagram Interchange (DI), meaning the graphical layout of the shapes and symbols.

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Engaging the Business in BPM

8/6/2009
As business process management (BPM) begins to expand beyond isolated projects to mainstream programs at the division or enterprise level, there is a need to engage a far greater number of business people in the effort. That's not easy, and achieving it is going to require significant change in the way BPM is practiced.

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Teaching Elephants to Dance

7/27/2009
In these tough times, even the most change-resistant organizations are reexamining whether past practice should continue to govern standard operating procedures. Government and airlines, for example, spring to mind. I recently saw evidence of this in delivering a BPMN training class to one of the many Federal agencies involved in financial regulation...

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Will OMG Set a Standard for Case Management?

6/25/2009
The vote to approve BPMN 2.0 is not the only thing on the agenda at this week's Object Management Group (OMG) meeting in Costa Rica. There is also the release of an RFP for a new Case Management standard, authored by Henk de Man of Cordys. The RFP asserts that BPMN is inadequate for case management, and I agree...

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IBM Takes BPA to the Cloud

5/26/2009
"Cool" is not a word I would normally apply to IBM's business process management (BPM) software, but for the new BPM BlueWorks offering the term is appropriate. IBM bills BPM BlueWorks as a BPM community in the cloud, and it is that, plus a lot more.

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'Is Our Children Learning?'

4/7/2009
Thus, with unintended irony, did our former president illustrate the consequences of low expectations in the debate over No Child Left Behind. No Child's insistence on achieving a minimum competence in reading and arithmetic was scorned by many as too demanding... Today, we're seeing the same bogus charge from assorted dead-enders saying BPMN 2.0 is too complicated for business analysts.

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Five Things to Love About BPMN 2.0

3/27/2009
Most of the effort put into BPMN 2.0 has focused on making the diagrams executable on a process engine. That will be huge for customers of Oracle, IBM, SAP, and other vendors. But for process modelers, who use BPMN as a diagramming tool... version 2.0 offers a lot to love. Here's my pick of the top-five improvements:

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Making Simulation Useful

2/19/2009
A couple years ago I wrote that simulation was a "fake feature" -- one of those things vendors put in the tool to tick off the Gartner checklist but that don't do anything useful. This is too bad, because simulation can be of great value in projecting the expected performance improvement from a process change before committing the resources needed to make that change.

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BPMN's Three Levels, Reconsidered

12/23/2008
I've now been doing BPMN (business process modeling notation) training for two years, and only recently have I begun to appreciate the true nature of BPMN usage levels. This reconsidered view may help you better understand what is rapidly becoming the one significant standard in business process managment.

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Put BPMN and BPEL in Perspective

11/5/2008
Anyone interested in the history of business process management (BPM) technology should not miss Ismael Ghalimi's discussion of the relationship between BPMN and BPEL, the two important standards in BPM. Neither standard is perfect. But while BPMN has succeeded in spite of its shortcomings, BPEL's shortcomings have largely confined it to the SOA/integration space, where "business-empowerment" does not have especially high priority.

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Be My Guest at BPM New York

10/16/2008
I will be chairing an all-new BPMS Track at BPMInstitute.org's upcoming Business Process Management Conference in New York City (Nov. 5-6). This track analyzes the latest generation of BPM Suites, and features a panel in which leading vendors show how they address key topics such as business-IT alignment and optimizing business performance. As a benefit of my participation, I have secured a limited number of Guest Passes...

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Oracle 'Interoperates, Integrates and Unifies' Business Process Management

10/3/2008
At Oracle Open World last week, industry analysts got a good look at Oracle's BPM strategy and roadmap in the wake of the BEA acquisition. Overall, my conclusion is Oracle is showing the rest of the world the right way to do software acquisitions. BPM is progressing along the path of "interoperate, integrate, unify" that Oracle claims it tries to follow with all of its acquisitions.

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Will the BPM SwiftBoating Never Cease?

7/10/2008
Are you as sick as I am of so-called "architects" swiftboating business process management (BPM) with phony strawman arguments? ...Blogger Nick Malik suggests "according to the true [BPM] believers, we can give end users one of our pretty languages (BPMN or BPEL) and they will write their own software, and we can fire all the IT developers."... No one is saying those things.

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Oracle Unveils Plans for BEA

7/2/2008
Oracle has sorted the BEA catalog into one of three buckets: 1) strategic, where BEA was superior to existing Fusion components or offered a new capability; 2) continue and converge, where BEA component would be maintained but eventually merged into Fusion; and 3) maintenance, mostly OEM offerings, which it seems Oracle wants to walk away from as soon as they can. The BEA installed base was reassured that...

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Intalio Powers BPM in the Cloud

6/25/2008
The most interesting keynote at last week's Intalio User Conference was by Greg Olson, founder of Coghead, a BPM-in-the-cloud service that uses Intalio as the process engine under the covers... You can define data, forms, and perform the usual set of database operations, so it's really easy to build a database app in the cloud...

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Adobe Content-Enables LiveCycle BPM Suite

6/20/2008
Did you know Adobe had a business process management suite? Most people don't, even though with more than 5,000 customers they could be considered a major player... What's new from Adobe, in the unglamorously named "Update 1" version of LiveCycle Enterprise Services, is content management.

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The Future of BPM at BEA/Oracle

6/5/2008
When I hear people say that Oracle bought BEA for its business process management suite, I have to laugh. I'm fairly confident the Oracle crew that went after BEA could not even spell BPM. But no doubt the two BPMSs will have to be merged into a single offering... I don't know what Oracle's plans are... but I have thought a bit about what they ought to do.

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Bashing SAP, Oracle and Other 'Stackers'

5/29/2008
Lombardi's Jim Rudden posts an admittedly "cranky" piece about software giants like SAP crashing the business process management (BPM) party. His beef with those companies, which he calls "Stackers," is that they pursue the promise of BPM half-heartedly... I think he paints the Stackers with too broad and too black a brush. So let me offer a more nuanced view.

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BPMS Ratings: Drill Down on Scoring Details

5/20/2008
Regarding the BPMS Watch Ratings report I released last month... I have been looking for a way to publish the details of the scoring, and at the same time allow users to apply their own weightings to the features in each capability category... I wanted to do it online, not as an Excel download, but had no idea how to do that...

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Which Way for BPMN 2.0?

5/6/2008
Surprisingly little information has reached public view concerning BPMN 2.0, the unpdate of the Business Process Management Notation standard now under consideration in OMG. Unlike most standards approval processes, the outcome of this one is not preordained. There are two submissions, quite different, and it could go either way...

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Cool Stuff Seen at TIBCO's User Conference

5/2/2008
Regarding TIBCO's first-ever "analyst summit" at this weeek's TUCON 08 user conference... are there really analysts who want to spend half a day hearing about value props and selling tactics? Scary. But, having lowered my expectations, TIBCO's "solution showcase" exhibits - open to the hoi polloi after the analyst event ended - actually blew my socks off...

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BPMS Watch Rates 11 Business Process Management Suites

4/21/2008
The BPMS Watch Ratings Report for the Second-Quarter 2008 takes a close look at the integration, human workflow, production workflow and case management capabilities of industry-leading BPM suites. All-around standouts include BEA and Lombardi, Oracle, Software AG, EMC and Global 360.

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IBM Is Serious About Unifying Its BPM Suite

4/15/2008
It seems I missed the coded messages in IBM's business process management suite (BPMS) announcement of last week... The IBM BPM Suite signifies a commitment to a single BPMS based on interworking components from separate divisions... They know they're not there yet, but the commitment to get there is new.

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IBM's New BPM Product Ain't So 'Suite'

4/9/2008
You're probably saying, "wait a minute, didn't IBM already have a business process management suite?" Yes, I admit, they were in my 2006 BPMS Report series... But here at IBM's Impact 2008 conference in Las Vegas, the company actually announced it has an orderable suite - sort of…

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Your Modeling Career Starts in Chicago

4/8/2008
Here's a great opportunity to jump-start your education on BPMN (Business Process Modeling Notation), which has emerged as the important standard in BPM. The training is hosted by the BPM Institute and taught by me... and includes 60 days use of what I think is the best BPMN tool around...

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Five Nominees for Process Hall of Fame

3/27/2008
Is there a business process management Hall of Fame? I don't think so, but there should be, to recognize the true pioneers and innovators in the field... My list emphasizes technology, recognizing those who first recognized that improving business processes demanded fundamentally new technology...

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BEA Surveys the State of the BPM Market

3/20/2008
BEA recently completed a "thorough analysis" of the business process management market, based on analyst reports, articles, and customer surveys... There's a nice discussion about how most of the SOA vendors don't do BPM well, and most BPMS vendors either ignore SOA or try to make BPM and SOA the same thing...

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Roundtripping Revisited

12/10/2007
In the early days of BPM, everyone thought BPEL was the BPM standard, at least for runtime execution. Not long after, the importance of business-friendly process modeling came to the fore, and BPMN emerged as the standard for that... Then the BPM Suite included process modeling, executable implementation, and BAM in an integrated toolset that promised the improved business-IT alignment and agility needed to cope with ever-changing business requirements. No problem, said the BPEL vendors...

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BPMN Training Revisited

12/3/2007
When I launched my course "Process Modeling with BPMN," I discussed why so many people beginning to "do" business process management (BPM) were looking for training in modeling, and why that was especially needed for BPMN. Now, having delivered the training, I have a better appreciation of Business Process Modeling Notation's strengths and limitations, and what students really need to know about BPMN modeling.

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BPMN and the Metastorm-Proforma Deal

8/14/2007
In the wake of the Metastorm-Proforma deal early this month, a graduate of my BPMN training pinged me about a white paper on the Metastorm Web site that disses BPMN big-time... Certainly BPMN is not perfect... but most agree it's the closest thing we have today to a multivendor, architecture-neutral standard, and the one standard that addresses the biggest issue in BPM today, which is true business-IT collaboration.

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Oracle Makes Strides in Business Process Management

8/7/2007
Last week, I got a briefing from the business process management (BPM) folks at Oracle, as part of my BPMS Report series, and I came away surprised at both the completeness and, in many ways, coolness of the offering. Three things stand out: the depth of designer/IT model interchange, the degree of content management integration and the extent of ISV adoption...

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Poll Results on BPMN Portability

7/31/2007
There's no denying that BPMN is gaining traction in the marketplace. I see it in my training. I see it in BPMS and BPA vendors getting on board. But what's amazing about this is that it's happening without a standard way to store and interchange BPMN between tools. It almost boggles the mind that the creators of BPMN "forgot" about this when they started, and its current owners place model interchange far down the priority list...

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BPMN Gaining Traction in Process Analysis Tools

5/8/2007
BPMN is the de facto standard for process modeling, but many leading modeling tools, particularly those within high-end business process analysis (BPA) suites, so far don't support it. That appears to be changing. Recently IDS Scheer announced that ARIS, generally considered the leading standalone BPA suite, would be supporting the full BPMN notation in the v7.0.2 service release this spring. The announcement was surprising to me.

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What If BPMN Were a Modeling Language?

5/2/2007
For all its faults, BPEL enjoys something that BPMN advocates can only dream about: an XML storage and interchange format that makes sense… I've been thinking about this with the announcement from OMG that the "official" XML format for BPMN is in its final stages… And let's not forget XPDL 2.0, the Workflow Management Coalition's process interchange warhorse… To me, none of these proposals is as satisfying as BPEL's approach…

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What Makes a BPM Suite a Winner?

3/29/2007
I'm updating my BPMS Report series on BPMInstitute.org to the new-and-improved 2007 version. A major change from last year is a beefed-up evaluation scoring. I've discovered that many users go straight to the scorecard at the end of the 25-page report to find out which product "won?" It's probably asking for trouble, but I'm posting my new methodology right here so readers can comment.

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The Real Issues With XPDL, BPEL and BPMN

3/22/2007
Keith Swenson is one of the true superheroes of BPM, and a pioneer in the development of interoperability standards. He periodically feels called upon to insist that XPDL does not compete with BPEL… then usually adding that XPDL is actually better... The latest fracas started when Keith claimed victory from the fact that eight of the 12 vendors in the top-three Gartner Magic Quadrants support XPDL.

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Views on BPEL (Re: Oracle, IBM, SAP and Microsoft)

3/15/2007
Sandy Kemsley calls attention to an excellent review of BPEL from Oracle's Dave Shaffer and Manoj Das in (ironically) WebSphere Journal. Probably the best summary of the differences between the new BPEL 2.0 and the little-lamented BPEL 1.1 standard that I've seen yet in print. She also notes the seeming fakeness of BPEL4People, a joint SAP-IBM white paper that has achieved the highest buzz-to-bang ratio in the history of BPM.

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Is Simulation Fake?

3/8/2007
At the recent Gartner BPM Summit, I was shocked to see how high a pedestal the Gartner analysts now place simulation analysis. The BPMS and modeling tool vendors now universally throw it into the box. How else to get into that Magic Quadrant? I haven't looked at all of them myself, but my sampling to date tells me this is a fake feature if ever there was one.

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Not Quite Live from Gartner BPM - Day One

2/27/2007
I'm sharing impressions from here at Gartner's Business Process Management Summit in San Diego. Gartner likes to sell futures on technology. Simon Hayward presented a chart on BPM value realization over time, with three curves. Today the "productivity" curve is highest. In 2012 the "visibility" curve overtakes it. In 2017... I'll be dead by then. Does this kind of chart really advance the ball?

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Lombardi Blueprint Eases the Path to BPM

2/20/2007
While I've been shouting from the rooftops that process modeling (in BPMN, ARIS, or whatever) is not that hard, Lombardi Software has been hearing from its customers that it's not that easy, either. Lombardi's on-demand Blueprint offering tries to do two basic things: 1) Link processes to business problems and goals and 2) Simplify collaborative building of process models

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What to Look for in a BPMN Tool

2/2/2007
SOA analyst Beth Gold-Bernstein of ebizQ posts about her quest for a BPMN tool to support her effort to "take a pragmatic, business-driven approach to incremental SOA design and implementation. We plan to use standard modeling techniques and tools where ever feasible... It's time for business and IT to start speaking the same language, so we should use BPMN right from the start.

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Simulation Part III: Activity Based Costing

1/25/2007
Activity Based Costing is not just determining the cost of each process activity from its active labor costs, or even its total direct costs. ABC is about allocating the indirect costs, both labor -- management/supervisory, plus ancillary functions -- and fixed overhead, like plant and equipment. You can't get that from the simulation model! Or can you?

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Simulation Part II: Better Resource Utilization

1/22/2007
Continuing my recent post re simulation analysis and BPMN… In Use Case 2, the problem is process "bottlenecks." Usually static analysis gives you a rough idea of staffing requirement even without simulation. For example, if you create 100 instances an hour, and Task A takes 1 hour, you need around 100 people to perform Task A to keep up. But what if instead of creating 100 instances an hour, you are getting 800 instances overnight and your resource for Task A also is responsible for Task B

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Deeper Into Process Simulation: Part I

1/11/2007
A couple months ago I wrote about the deficient simulation capabilities of most process modeling tools. More recently I've been working with ITP Commerce, the tool provider for my upcoming BPMN training, on enhancing its simulation features to address the use cases that figure most prominently in process analysis. I've come up with three, and I'm building my BPMN training around the particular modeling and simulation patterns associated with each one.

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webMethods Tops Forrester Wave Report

1/4/2007
webMethods, which at the beginning of 2006 couldn't even break into the BPM analysts' magic circle/wave/whatever, ended the year taking top honors in the Forrester Wave for Integration-Centric Business Process Management. webMethods has put a lot into its new version of the offering. In addition to a real SOA platform under the covers, webMethods has included some BPM features that will knock your socks off.

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Intalio Boosts Open Source Modeling, BPM

12/11/2006
Business process management system vendor Intalio late last month announced the donation of a BPMN modeling tool and a "BPEL4People-based" workflow framework to the open source community. The BPMN modeler is now available under the Eclipse Public License, while the Tempo framework is available under the Apache Software License. Both of these donations are important, but in different ways. Here's why.

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Watch Out for Oracle BPMS

11/29/2006
Oracle has one of the most widely used BPEL tools on the market, but so far they haven't shown up in Gartner's business process management suite (BPMS) magic quadrants. That should change soon. Recall that Oracle did an OEM deal in July with IDS Scheer for the ARIS Process Design Platform. At the time I speculated this had more to do with keeping up with SAP, but that's apparently not entirely true.

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Change Agent: BPM With or Without SOA

10/9/2006
Both BPM and SOA talk about agility, reuse, business-IT alignment, service-level agreements and BAM. But in reality, they're quite different. BPM works today, but broad use begs for better ties to SOA.

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Analysis: Where Rules Management and BPM Meet

9/11/2006
Rules management and process management are both aimed at improving business agility and performance, but they're fundamentally different technologies designed for complementary purposes. So which tasks do you handle in each toolset? We'll show you how to strike the right mix of techniques and score that perfect 10!

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Change Agent: Don't Bank on Reusing Services

8/11/2006
Some service-oriented architecture evangelists make reuse out to be some sort of Holy Grail. Yet other practitioners on both the SOA and BPM sides believe that reuse is a 'phantom,' something not really there after all. So is reuse real?

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Three No-Cost Ways To Get Started With BPM

3/27/2006
Several business process management vendors now offer free, downloadable tools that let you model processes, analyze expected performance improvement and create most, if not all, of an actual executable design.

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Content in the Age of XML

5/10/2005
Can you manage documents with the ease and automation of data? Is there a payoff in a structured approach? Will compliance demands usher in a new era? The answer to all these questions is yes, but complicated authoring tools and the burden of enterprisewide planning stand in the way of change. Here's how, and in which industries, management will adapt.

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