bpmNEXT v6: a short review

COMMENTARY

Last week was the sixth bpmNEXT conference, and my sixth time there and fourth time presenting. Every year bpmNEXT is one of the most essential things in my calendar – principally because it provides a super-concentrated opportunity to make sure I’m up to speed with what many of the BPM, Decision Management and process automation […]

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Mapping out an emerging architecture for automation

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A whole heap of technologies are vying to play roles in enterprises’ automation strategies. This is a fast-moving space. Next week I’ll be keynoting at the annual bpmNEXT conference held in Santa Barbara. Most of the attendees at past events have been technology vendors in the business automation space, and this year (as in past […]

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IBM attempts a digital business automation reboot

COMMENTARY

IBM has been one of the biggest influencers in the business process automation space for well over ten years, but recently its interest and energy has faded. It’s attempting to make a comeback – but has it left it too late? Ever since 2005, when IBM began to participate in the development of the BPMN […]

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On Salesforce’s acquisition of MuleSoft

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Salesforce has announced that it’s entered into an agreement to acquire independent integration specialist MuleSoft. It’s a move that makes sense for Salesforce, but not necessarily for MuleSoft’s customers. I’ve been doing this industry analyst and consulting thing for a long time now, and I can still remember my reaction when, 10 years ago, Oracle […]

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Vodafone drives finance automation with Celonis Process Mining

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Vodafone’s Finance Operations function started to work with process mining technology in 2015 to start building an evidence-based foundation for continuous process improvement. To date, it has implemented process mining technology and discipline across five business processes in Finance Operations: accounts payable; transactional cash management (processing statements, payments clearing); intercompany accounting; asset and project accounting; […]

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UiPath: an RPA ‘unicorn’ is born

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Following rumour reported on TechCrunch earlier this week, Robotic Process Automation (RPA) technology specialist UiPath has formally announced a Series B funding round that now values the company at over $1 bn. What does it mean? As I’ve noted before, UiPath has in recent months marked itself out as a company that’s designed to scale, […]

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Appian and Pegasystems: a tale of two growth paths

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Appian and Pegasystems, two Process Application Platform leaders and frequent competitors, both released their full-year financial results in the past week. What do they show us? Appian released its results on February 23rd. Appian’s overall revenue for 2017 grew 33% to $176.7m; net loss widened 148%, from $12.5m a year earlier to $31m. Appian has […]

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Low-code app development – second time around

COMMENTARY

Low-code app development tools have existed for over 20 years, but for a long time they were a niche concern. The tradeoffs they brought were too big for many people to embrace. Now we have different circumstances, though, and the technology’s improved, too. It looks like low-code app development tools will go a lot further […]

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ProcessMaker’s workflow journey

COMMENTARY

If you’re a workflow and BPM technology insider, you’ll be aware of a number of open-source technology providers, and names like Red Hat and Camunda might spring to mind. You might not necessarily know ProcessMaker – a company originally founded as Colosa, with its core product, also called ProcessMaker, first launched in 2008. It’s certainly […]

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Celonis: Democratising Process Mining

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Celonis is a specialist process mining technology provider, offering its web-based tool in the cloud as well as on-premises. In a technology space that’s historically been dominated by highly technical, specialist workstation-based tools, Celonis has stood out since its initial product release. Its mission is to “make process mining available to everyone”, and in line […]

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