Appian: all in on Case Management, Intelligent Automation

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At Appian’s annual user conference last month the company showed how it’s embracing Case Management and the notion of Intelligent Automation; the two come together in a new product. Although the Appian Platform has offered many of the capabilities that a Case Management platform needs to exhibit for a couple of years now, the company […]

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bpmNEXT v6: a short review

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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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What Facebook’s troubles teach us

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On Monday April 9th 2018, individual Facebook users learnt whether their own personal data was caught up in the haul of 87 million accounts harvested by Cambridge Analytica. Aleksandr Kogan’s thisisyourdigitallife app at the centre of the scandal was downloaded by ‘just’ 270,000 people, but – by exploiting Facebook’s T&Cs and API policies for third-party […]

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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

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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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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

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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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Hyperledger Sawtooth – Intel’s blockchain baby comes of age

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The Linux Foundation’s Hyperledger project gained another 1.0 release this week, when the Hyperledger Sawtooth distributed ledger platform framework reached production-ready status. As we outlined in our report on Hyperledger late last year, Sawtooth is a modular blockchain platform designed to address the scalability, security, and privacy concerns associated with large and distributed validator populations. […]

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