Transforming the Digital Landscape with Low Code BPM

A major business issue is that operations now need to change at a pace where traditional coding methods simply cannot keep up. By the time IT has a solution to the business problem, it is out of date and obsolete which does little to create genuine benefit, while driving everyone’s frustration levels ever higher. Low code or Lean BPM platforms are emerging as an effective and fast way to build new business applications, and once deployed, to ensure they are maintained and supported across the organization. That’s the theory, and almost every CIO I talk to is skeptical when you... Read More »

JobTraQ versus PegaSystems – Lean BPM Goes Head-to-Head with Traditional BPM

We had the very recent opportunity to pitch JobTraQ against PegaSystems this week, and it was illuminating to see the differences close up between the two solutions. JobTraQ is the pioneer of Lean or Low Code, whereas PegaSystems is one of the big players in the traditional BPM space. Obviously, we want to see JobTraQ deployed for this customer, and frankly I think it is the better solution in this instance, nevertheless Pega is still a very good BPM solution and not to be taken lightly. Here are some of the differences between the two solutions we found upon close... Read More »

Banking BPM and Why a Point Solution is Not Recommended

Bank and financial institutions operating in the retail world are in an exceptionally tough environment. Regulations and compliance are daunting, loaded with extensive complexity plus they are ever changing. Customer attrition rates are exceptionally high with the commoditization of products and services, plus the financial crash seriously dented confidence in the sector as a whole. The general response from the banking industry has been to invest heavily in new technologies, focused on winning and retaining customers and keeping them coming back for more. There have been two approaches to deliver value: to develop in-house point solutions, and then seek to... Read More »

Are You Integrating Technology or Business Operations?

I came across a post by Randy Heffner, an analyst at Forrester. Though the post is dated back to 2013, it resonates with me today. Randy’s post is simply titled, “Are You Doing Techie Integration or Business Integration?” After handling a couple of new customer deployments this month, I felt it was a good question to ask. A major differentiator for JobTraQ is the freedom from the IT department: with the JobTraQ On Premises edition, IT only has to provision a server and you’re in business (unless you’re performing some heavy duty integration or customization work). JobTraQ cloud edition customers... Read More »

JobTraQ’s Top Tips for Quality Testing

A major criticism leveled at project teams is lack of testing, and this is a fair criticism in my view. Too many times I have seen the test phase glossed over, or some sort of half-hearted effort is made as an afterthought. The main culprit for poor testing is a failure to adequately plan properly, and the responsibility lies firmly with the PM for not being disciplined in their approach. Poor testing means poor product. Poor product means a poor reputation – yours! 1. Plan for Testing! After the above this sounds obvious, but it is so fundamental and such... Read More »

Simplifying the Complex in Project Management

A good PM will seek to reduce complexity within their project portfolio, and not only within individual projects themselves, but also simplifying how team members work with each other too. It will help to bear in mind Keep It Simple Stupid – KISS – as you read through this piece. We’ve all been in the same room as “That Guy!” – the one who believes that only by his (or her) presence, the team will not fall apart and the project will fail, because they, and they alone have the power of deep thought and understanding of the nuances of... Read More »

Can BPM and Agile Work Together?

The marriage of BPM with Agile has not been a match made in heaven, but rather in the dark murk of the negotiation room for an arranged marriage between two rich kids. Since the early Noughties when Agile was initially paired with BPM, it has shown some sparkling successes, and certainly the word “Agile” has been splashed around plenty. Agile Marketing, Production, Manufacturing, Teams, Working Practices…. Agile, Agile, AGILE…. You get the idea. But Agile got its start in the Agile Manifesto, and here it is singularly attributable to software development: Individuals and interactions over processes and tools Working software... Read More »

Why Effective Workflow Automation is Crucial for Successful Business Performance

Team collaboration across diverse processes and departments is achievable, but not without collaboration between effective workflow design and great task management. JobTraQ was first conceived as a task management tool with automated workflow capability. The reason why we paired task management and workflow automation at conception was simple: we understood the need to be great at both! The reason for being great at both was simple – you can’t achieve true, effective team collaboration if you don’t have effective workflow, and you cannot have effective task management without effective workflow. The key is to be able to create effective workflows... Read More »

Can A Project Workflow System Be Deployed Without Pain?

Project workflow systems allow businesses to streamline and optimize business processes, and they form a key component of Business Process Management (BPM) solutions. They are especially powerful when combined with effective, collaborative task management functionality and real-time visibility on workflows. Traditional project workflow solutions, particularly when they are part of a larger BPM solution, are notoriously expensive and frequently take a huge IT effort to deploy. Even with a relatively smooth deployment, there are frequently issues and a sense of failure to meet organizational expectations. Closer to the norm is a huge cost, frequently more than anticipated, deployment headaches, a... Read More »

Automate Business Workflows Without the IT Department

When you are looking at workflow solutions, a major issue is the deployment and the need to bring in a frequently stretched IT department to handle the work. Many IT departments are heavily engaged in taking care of existing infrastructure, typically with 80% of their time, resources and budgetary allocation tied up in this, leaving a small slice of time, budget and resources available for projects. Your workflow project may be a great idea, but it has to compete with the other projects IT is being asked to implement and they have constrained capability. But what if you didn’t need... Read More »


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