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Adopting Twitter

Over the past couple of weeks, I have started to use Twitter to push some updates on Intalio, my traveling, and some elements of my personal life. My Twitter feed is available at @ghalimi, and syndicates feeds for both IT|Redux (professional blog) and ghalimi.name (personal blog). This feed is also displayed on IT|Redux’s right column. Moving forward, I will use IT|Redux for longer articles, mainly focused on Cloud Computing.

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A First Taste of Dogfood

Our Project Dogfood was launched just two weeks ago, but it’s running full speed ahead. Among the most active projects, the Customer Support Process lead by Gene Grell — Intalio’s new Director of Support — and the Marketing & Public Relations Process, which I am working on with Rick Geneva and Antoine Toulme. Here is a quick update on both, plus a really cool side project that emerged from one of them. [Continue…]

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Platform Power

Three months ago, I made the transition from Salesforce.com to SugarCRM, mainly as a way to learn what was available out there. I was extremely impressed by this open-source alternative, and described what I liked about it in details in last week’s CRM Roundup. Nevertheless, I decided to revert back to Salesforce.com, and completed my reverse migration today. Here is why. [Continue…]

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BPM, ECM, ESB, and Security

What makes enterprise architecture both difficult and fascinating is that it’s all about dealing with a multi-dimensional problem. Focus on one or two dimensions, and the others quickly become orthogonal considerations, usually relegated to a later time, actually never really implemented. More often than not, security is one of these dimensions that does not get the attention it deserves. Dealing with security is a little bit like cleaning your house: when its clean, nobody can really tell how much work had to be done for getting there, and only when things get dirty do people start noticing. This post from security architect James McGovern is a good summary of the problem at hand, and gives me an opportunity to answer a question that was asked following the publishing of this post on the intersection of BPM and ECM: what about security? [Continue…]

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For an Amazon Web Services Clone

In my Inferences for ‘07, I suggested that open-source, plug-compatible alternatives to Amazon’s EC2, S3, SQS will be released sometime this year. Here are a set of reasons why this would make sense, and why everybody would benefit from such a thing, including Amazon itself. [Continue…]

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The SOA Puzzle

As mentioned before, SOA is BPM’s enabling infrastructure, and BPM is SOA’s killer application. But what is SOA really? And how does it relate to ESB (Enterprise Service Bus)? Ask these questions to ten SOA pundits, and you’ll get ten different answers. Well, I’m no SOA pundit, so don’t take my answer for gospel, but here is how Intalio is going about building its own SOA stack out of freely available Open Source pieces. If anything, it might give you some ideas for building yours down the road. [Continue…]

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Inferences for ‘07

Last year’s inferences lead to an unexpectedly high 83% success rate. This will be hard to beat, especially because my new batch of nine inferences will be stated in more measurable ways, leaving little room for history rewriting. Let’s give it a shot anyway, and meet again on December 31st, 2007 for our yearly performance review. In the meantime, happy new year to all! [Continue…]

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Scorecard

364 days ago, I published my inferences for ‘06. A year has passed, and time has come to take a look back and see how good (or bad) I did back then. Tomorrow, I will publish a new batch, and review them a year from now. [Continue…]

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WebEx Connects the Dots

If you think of WebEx as a Web Conferencing company, you might be in for a surprise when you see a demonstration of WebEx Connect, which was announced yesterday. In a nutshell, WebEx developed one of the most innovative Office 2.0 user interfaces, connected it to the Cordys BPM 2.0 platform, and deployed everything on a grid, making Connect one of the most interesting on-demand platforms I’ve seen in a long time. [Continue…]

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On Track

52 confirmed speakers. 115 registered participants. 24 sponsors. It looks like we’re on track. And this is even before we issued a first press release. Blogs can be pretty effective marketing tools nowadays it seems. So, without further ado, here is an update on the Office 2.0 Conference. [Continue…]

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Questions and Answers

Following last week’s post regarding Intalio’s inverted sales process, industry analyst James McGovern came up with a set of thought provoking questions. I won’t copy his entire post — therefore I encourage you to read it first, but I’ll try to answer all his questions. [Continue…]

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BPM is SOA’s Killer Application

BPM is SOA’s killer application, and SOA is BPM’s enabling infrastructure. We’ve used this tagline before, but simple truths are worth repeating, for their deceiving simplicity might overshadow their relevance. [Continue…]

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SAP TechEd

Following SAPPHIRE back in May, I have been invited by the good folks at SAP (Mike Prosceno, Stacey Fish) to cover SAP Teched ‘06, which will take place in Las Vegas, on September 11-15. I have had an awesome time blogging with the other Enterprise Irregulars in Orlando, and it’s with great pleasure that I accepted the invitation. Here is what I expect to learn there. [Continue…]

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BPM 2.0 is Middle-Out

Christopher Koch recently wrote a great article on CIO Blogs, which greatly contributed to fuel the BPM vs. SOA war that has been raging in the blogosphere recently. BPM is presented as a top-down approach, while SOA would be a bottom-up one, and promoters of both approaches do not seem to be able to resolve their disagreements. Thing is, BPM — or rather BPM 2.0 — should not be a top-down approach, for we know that it does not work. Instead, I would characterize it as a middle-out one. [Continue…]

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Buy BPM 2.0, Get SOA Free

This is the tenth edition of our weekly BPM 2.0 post. Today, I will try to explain why generating web services on the fly is important. Unless you’re still living in the workflow-centric world of the 90’s, you know by now why BPEL matters. Problem is, the only thing BPEL understands is web services, and only one very narrow type of web service at that — WSDL. Here is the bad news: if you need to orchestrate transactions that are not yet exposed as web services, BPEL won’t help you. BEA suggested support for Java with the BPELJ specification, but I do not know any process analyst who likes to write Java code, so we’ll pass, thank you very much. Now the good news: a good BPM 2.0 product can give you web services for free out of pretty much anything out there. [Continue]

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Making BPM Sound Cool Again

To the trained eye, Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) looks awfully similar to the Common Object Request Architecture (CORBA) of the 90’s. Difference is, SOA deals with Web Services while CORBA dealt with stubs and skeletons. Web Services sound cool. Stubs and skeletons don’t. SOA will succeed where CORBA failed, and timing is not the only reason for it. Words are potent. The same is true for BPM, and the recent efforts by Dion Hinchcliffe or Sandy Kemsley to make it sound cool again should be praised. [Continue…]

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SAPPHIRE

I have been invited by SAP — or more precisely my friend Jeff Nolan — to join the bloggers corner at SAPPHIRE in Orlando on May 16-18. All expenses, including flight, hotel and registration are paid by SAP AG. [Continue…]

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The World is Flat Breakfast

The first IT|Redux breakfast took place today and was a great success. The goal of the meeting was to identify the 11th flattener, following Thomas Friedman’s list of 10 flatteners in The World is Flat. [Continue…]

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The World is Flat

I just finished reading The World is Flat by Thomas L. Friedman, New York Times columnist and author of The Lexus and the Olive Tree. In his last book, Friedman identifies ten events and trends that are flattening the world we live in today. I agreed with most of the thesis, and tried to relate to it my own experience working at Intalio.

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BPM Inferences for ‘06

This is my first monthly BPM column for Business Process Trends. In order to set the stage for a new year of BPM, here is a set of inferences for ‘06 based on my personal experiences, insights and desires. Some are fairly straightforward, others highly speculative, but most should matter to all BPM practitioners. Interestingly enough, the first inference — BPM will go mainstream — got a step closer to being fulfilled this morning: IBM just announced the release of the new System i5, also known as iSeries, also known as AS/400. As part of this announcement they are featuring a front & center quote from yours truly. Intalio|BPMS becomes the first BPM solution to be available for System i5, and if that does not make BPM mainstream, I do not know what will.

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