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 »

Can You Achieve Continuous Improvement with a BPMS?

Process Improvement & Design Execution into the Live Operational Environment in Minutes Today, we’re providing a video of a simple HR process for onboarding new employees. We shall also show how the existing process can be altered, and also how the changes made using the workflow visual designer can then be pushed into the live environment, in this instance in 3 minutes. The video lasts just over 3 minutes – click on the image below. In this instance we used an HR process, however any process could just as easily be managed and changed. The process we demonstrated here is... Read More »

Why Should You Create an Environment for Failure?

“Victory has a thousand fathers, defeat is an orphan,” so said Napoleon Bonaparte, and I personally always tend to hide a smirk when, as a Brit in the US, I am asked if “we” (the Brits) celebrate 4th of July – my response is typically, “No, no-one celebrates defeats.” So why would anyone create an environment where it is OK to fail? Perhaps a better question is, “Who would create an environment where any failure can be considered as potentially terminal?” The answer to that question is a very lengthy list indeed: every government body on the planet for a... Read More »

How To: Install JobTraQ Sync for Microsoft Outlook

JobTraQ Sync for Outlook is a Microsoft Outlook 2010/2013/2016 add-in that synchronizes your calendar to and from JobTraQ. It supports both 32 bit and 64 bit versions of Microsoft Outlook 2010, 2013, and 2016. This document will help you install the add-in and sign in for the first time. Installing the add-in To install the add-in, follow these instructions: To download the zipped installation files, click this link and sign in to the portal: JobTraQ Sync for Outlook Unzip the ZIP file to extract the installation files. Now we need to determine whether your Microsoft Outlook is 32 bit or... Read More »

Satisfying Customer Demand for Agile & Flexible Business Processes

I read Craig Reid’s blog a lot, not least because he is known as The Process Ninja, truly knows his stuff, and is a fellow Brit (though he’s ended up in Australia, while I’ve landed in the US). I mention Craig because I met up with a client last week, and we had a full and frank discussion about how JobTraQ could be used to implement and test new processes. That discussion on agility and flexibility, reminded me of a post by Craig on why speed and flexibility are business essentials – the link to his post and blog are... 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 »


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