Forrester: Why BI, BPM and Rules Technologies Will Converge
I'm attended a panel discussion here at the Forrester Technology Leadership Forum on the convergence of the three B's - business intelligence, business process management and business rules - featuring Mike Gilpin (EA and application development), Boris Evelson (BI) and Colin Teubner (BPM)... Gilpin sees BI as driving effectiveness in businesses, and the combination of BPM and BR as driving efficiency...
Call Quality Remains a VoIP Stumbling Block
At some point, businesspersons decided that they would put up with the occasional static and dropped calls found on their cell phone lines because of their benefits. They have not yet reached that point with VoIP services.
Lessons From Demo
This show was largely about applying Web 2.0 technology to solve interesting problems. In many cases, the interesting problems have been solved in other ways, though.
Video Alerts Give Google The Upper Hand -- Again
The latest enhancement to the Google Alerts product -- to include news-oriented videos on topics that readers select -- is a compelling upgrade for information junkies, online videophiles, or those researching information on the Internet. It raises many questions on the future of information access, the future role of online video as an information source, and Google's strategic directions.
Simplifying The Leap To SaaS For Small Biz
Small businesses of 10 to 100 employees have a new option for CRM and sales force applications. LongJump offers a suite of software applications delivered via the Web.
Getting the IT Kids to Come -- and Stay
When did it get so hard to attract good IT employees? At some point in the last few years, luring top talent has become increasingly competitive for IT managers, and for the small and midsize business, it's an issue that speaks not only to their success but also to their very survival.
Forrester Says 'Design for People, Build for Change'
In her opening keynote at this week's Forrester Technology Leadership Forum, analyst Connie Moore laid out four principles that 1. Business processes adapt to changing business conditions. 2. Applications evolve continuously while preserving process integrity 3. Processes, tasks and associated information always maintain context 4. Systems are unitary, information-rich and reflect the social needs of the business...
XO Blazes Trail for Cheaper Laptops
News this week that the so-called $100-dollar laptop (the XO) will be available to the general public at the still-friendly price of about $200 came with a number of caveats. As I wrote the other day, you'd go nuts trying to run a business on these Romper Room clamshells.
Demo Day 1: Highlights
Wow, I'm not sure it was the brightest idea to try to blog on each demo here. There's a lot of them, and six minutes isn't enough time, at least for me, to form a meaningful opinion about most of these companies. Here's a little recap after some further investigation.
Too Much Of A Good Thing? Relief From RSS Overload
RSS readers can reduce information overload, but they also can become part of the problem as feeds add up. Startup mSpoke has an answer to RSS clutter with FeedHub, a new personalization tool that puts a content relevance knob at your finger tips.
Demo Day 1
Blogging from a live event is a new thing for me. What can I tell you during the event that couldn't possibly wait until the end of the day? Probably not much, but I've got a couple cups of coffee in me and I'm surrounded by people doing the same thing, so here goes...
Greetings From Demo 2007 Fall
I'm in San Diego where the fall Demo conference kicks off tonight. Demo is a unique event in the industry. Over the course of the next two days, 69 startup exhibitors will demonstrate their cool new software, service, or hardware -- or all three, in some cases. They'll all do it on one stage in front of a crowd of a few hundred journalists, VCs, and other industry movers and shakers. So how do they manage to run 69 demonstrations in two days on one stage? It's all about the elevator pitch.
No Bundled Windows PCs? No Way
The Globalisation Institute, a European think tank, wants all computers to be sold without operating systems. Here's why that's a bad idea.
Google Poses Biggest Threat To MS Office, Readers Say
Readers have a lot to say about free/alternative office suites (as in, alternatives to Microsoft's dominant Office product). Presented with a growing list of alternatives, they conclude that Google Docs is a viable threat to Microsoft.
Laptops for Kids, Not for Biz
Would you be interested in a rugged laptop that comes with a camera, built-in wireless, flash memory, an open source operating system from Red Hat, a web browser, a word processor, and more, all for about $200?
Let Your Employees Go! (To Their Home Offices)
According to a USA Today article, increasingly long commutes and heavier traffic on the roads are compelling more and more workers to start their days earlier and earlier. What is wrong with this picture?
IT Titans Take Manhattan
IBM, SAP and Microsoft choose the Big Apple for three big-time, industry-altering announcements.
Gartner BPM Summit: Smith on Performance Metrics
Analyst Michael Smith's expertise is performance management, and he's found lately that business process improvement is a growing theme in that sector... Smith dispells the notion of best-practice business processes: processes are so different between different types of companies that there isn't a single best practice... He also asserts that business strategies are, in general, poorly defined, poorly understood and poorly executed...
Presumably your employees know useful things, things that other employees might benefit from knowing about.
Avoiding Risk, Startups Think Small
When I was an editor at The Industry Standard from 1999-2001 I sat through dozens of pitches from startup companies with business models that sounded overly vague, at least for me to understand, and overly ambitious. Now, the startup pitches I hear are more modest. Maybe too modest.
Gartner BPM Summit: Gassman on BAM
Analyst Bill Gassman says business activity monitoring (BAM) needs to be considered up front as processes are being design and implemented. He defines the goals of BAM: to monitor key objectives, anticipate operational risks, and reduce latency between events and actions. From an implementation standpoint, BAM is typically a real-time dashboard that's integrated with BPM in some way and provides alerts in the context of the processes within the BPMS...
Linux and the Desktop, a New Angle
IT professionals from small and medium sized businesses were quite vocal last week about the viability of Linux as a desktop alternative. Assuming I am wrong about timing, and considering all the problems associated with Microsoft Vista, what will it take for more SMBs to make the switch?
Gartner BPM Summit: Hill on Designing for Change
Her topic is "BPM: A Change from Business as Usual", taking a look at what's really new in BPM, how BPM can change the way a company operates, and some BPM use cases... She comes back to the phrase "design for change," which I've heard several times today already... This is, of course, the heart of business agility: if something isn't designed and built with the intention that it would be changed frequently, then you're not going to be changing it much.
Business Objects Launches BI OnDemand
The new software-as-a-service offering provides subscribers with advanced BI features, such as formatted reporting, dashboards and ad-hoc query and analysis.
Gartner BPM Summit Day 1: Opening Keynote
Analyst Janelle Hill started out with a great slide on the evolution of process improvement: from scientific management through computerized process flow to our current focus on flexible and adaptive BPM and the start of a focus on SOA, BAM and event-driven architecture... Interestingly, Gartner is bringing the focus back to the people in processes: putting the person-to- process interaction back at centre stage...
Yo' Right Clickas: Here Come MacBook Flippas
Thirty years ago, rap music was considered little more than a fad. "Ignore it and it will go away," was the mainstream music industry's stance. A few years later, Apple Computer made a splash with its Mac Classic computer.