On-Premises BPM versus a SaaS Cloud Solution

Karl Hindle is Director of Marketing for Swift Software, the developer of JobTraQ: We frequently encounter the SaaS-v-On-Premises question when dealing with prospective customers, and the ultimate selection is fairly evenly split when it comes to deployment. For those clients operating in highly regulated industries, or where the data is exceptionally sensitive, the choice veers strongly towards going with the On-Premises offering. Even so, we’re seeing an increase in the number of these clients who are seriously considering the Cloud-based BPM offerings, even where the application and data will be business critical. What is driving the decision between deploying a... Read More »

Elements of a Compliance Management System using Lean BPM

The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) stipulates that a Compliance Management System (CMS) is how an institution learns, understands and manages: Compliance responsibilities; Employee understanding of compliance responsibilities; Incorporation of compliance requirements into business processes; and Taking corrective action where required and updating compliance and operational materials as necessary. There are two major areas an effective CMS will manage risk for the organization: The risk associated with changing products and services offered to customers; and The risk associated with the impact of new legislation and regulation in the wake of market developments. Further, the FDIC advises there are three components... Read More »

Implementing Continuous Improvement with Lean BPM

Josh Yeager, Director of Operations, and Karl Hindle, Director of Marketing tackle Continuous Improvement: You may find Josh and Karl on LinkedIn by clicking the hyperlinks on their names. Karl also wrote on achieving CI using a Lean BPMS in August 2015, which also includes a live demonstration of how quickly a process can be created and changed in a live, operational environment. Business process improvement is a systematic technique that an organization can use to iteratively optimize its processes to achieve more efficient results. Several researchers have published specific methodologies over the years, including H. James Harrington, Tristan Boutros... Read More »

Does the Cost of a Failed Deployment Matter More Than the Price of Software?

Josh Yeager is JobTraQ’s Director of Operations, and today he looks at why cost (initial or TCO) and software features are not the only issues you should be tackling when looking at software deployments. You can find Josh on LinkedIn here: Josh Yeager   When you are searching for a new software product to solve a problem, you probably focus on two things: features and cost. I have done the same thing, several times. Most software marketing focuses on the same two things, so this is natural. But this approach drastically increases the risk of post-purchase failure. Personally, my biggest... Read More »

The Build versus Buy Software Decision

Before you look at developing an in-house solution, consider the downsides and high risk of failure first! Mark Porter is the UX Lead on the JobTraQ dev team – he was instrumental in developing JobTraQ’s visual workflow, and is currently leading a major overhaul of our UI. Mark gives his thoughts on the build/buy decision when looking at a software solution.   The decision to build or buy a software solution when solving business problems can be a challenging one. Your IT team says they can write a custom solution in a fraction of the cost of the off-the-shelf solutions... Read More »

New Year’s Resolutions for Big BPM

Big BPM Needs to Get in the Gym and Quit the Smoke & Mirrors Matt Rodatus is a a Senior Software Engineer on the JobTraQ dev team, having previously worked for Microsoft. Here is his take on BPM predictions (and resolutions) for 2016:   Powerful but not a panacea, big BPM must make some resolutions in 2016. From my vantage point as a Senior Software Engineer on JobTraQ, the Lean BPM pioneer, here are the areas where I think the BPM industry must adapt to the needs of your organization, or else fade into obsolescence: Sublime Out-of-the-Box User Experience Hoops.... Read More »

The Top Seven Ingredients in a Digital Plan by Jim Sinur

by Jim Sinur Jim Sinur is a former Gartner analyst, leading BPM thinker and CEO of Fleuresque.     Organizations are seeking ways to create a plan to get to a digital organization that creates value in new ways. While this will require some experimentation / evolution and will be done in an incremental fashion, for the most part, there is no excuse not to establish a plan to get there. In this post, I’d like to suggest what a target plan might initially contain. It is a start that will be altered as time passes, but organizations need a... Read More »

Why We Chose to Write Important Code in F#

The hidden benefits of Microsoft’s newest language by Wesley Wiser For many developers, working in the Microsoft .Net framework means using C# or perhaps Visual Basic. However, there’s a new language from Microsoft Research which is generating a lot of buzz in the developer community: F#. Even though it’s new, F# is heavily inspired by other, much older languages like ML which turned 42 this year. We decided to give F# a chance and discovered that it allowed our developers to work faster, cutting our development time, and also helped them write better quality code which led to far fewer... Read More »

How to Optimize Your Department’s Resource Utilization

Most organizations wish their employees could achieve a higher level of utilization. There are horror stories about teams spend so much time in meetings that each person only gets 1-2 hours of “real work” done each day. On the other end of the spectrum, the best-run consulting agencies and law firms achieve utilization rates of 90% or more. A realistic balance between core work responsibilities and collaboration overhead often results in an effective utilization rate of 60-80%. If your utilization rate is lower than you’d like, how can you raise it? One very effective way is to eliminate overhead for... Read More »

Why I Stopped Coding to Focus on User Experience

A programmer’s journey through UX and a deeper understanding of his own product. by Mark Porter I love programming. I get to spend my days talking to computers. They do exactly what you say. They don’t make mistakes or argue. They don’t get confused. It’s simple—basic ones and zeroes. People, on the other hand, are complex. Their needs vary. They need to be taught and reminded of how to do something. They’re driven by emotion. They get tired and make mistakes. So why did I trade in my keyboard and mouse for a legal pad and pen and venture out... Read More »


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