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Every so often, you’ll see us refer to a term called BPM on the blog. BPM stands for Business Process Management. BPM is the process of analyzing and improving business processes to create a more efficient and effective organization. Okay, so what is a business process? A business process is any sequence of events or tasks that must be performed for a business to operate. For example, a customer’s purchase resulting in a delivery is a key business process that exists in all for-profit organizations. So, wait, is this like task management with Trello and Asana? Not really. Task management is about handling or organizing a set of activities that arise out of a project. These projects are often one-time and non-repeatable. When these projects are well-organized like in a construction project, a project management software like ‘Microsoft Project’ is used. Trello and A... (more)

Data Model - Hero of Your Story, Sorry, Project!

This post is an elaboration of one of the features of Visual PaaS, i.e., data model designer. Here the full list of features. Visual PaaS (meta-data PaaS) is purpose built for developing business applications like Order Management, CRM, Dealer Management Systems, Claims Processing - type applications. In such applications, the success of the project is determined by the strength of the "data model" created by your solution architect/designer. In our experience in building very complex enterprise applications for large conglomerates, like Unilever, Pfizer, AstraZeneca, Citi Group... (more)

Five Essentials in Office Automation

If you have moved from typewriters and facsimile to computers and emails, you have come a long way in office automation, but you aren’t there just yet! Not if your office still runs around taking print-outs of documents at each iteration & approval. You are nowhere close to having your office automated if it takes weeks to start working collaboratively across your dispersed teams. You are not there yet if a simple approval cycles take days to complete. You just got down the bus mid-way through your office automation journey. Why would you limit office automation to word processi... (more)

Unifying the Enterprise Application Puzzle

Fifteen to twenty years ago, enterprise application development, as we know today, wasn’t all that clear. All I can deduce, in a retrospective analysis – digging the internet, is that people knew the different puzzle pieces that were needed, in building an enterprise application. For example, Need for abstracting business rules for modifying rules separately from the rest of the application lead to the creation of the the BRE category with companies like iLog (now with IBM), Selectica (my ex-employer which is no longer in the BRE space – sad!),  Talarian – now with TIBCO (I used ... (more)

Clearing the Confusion Around "Private Cloud"

I was on a LinkedIn thread titled ‘How cloud computing is different from SaaS‘ where Rick Chapman who runs SoftLetter and SaaS University went on beating on this question ‘What is a private cloud’? It is definitely worth it given the tremendous amount of confusion in the term ‘Cloud’ in general and ‘Private Cloud’ in particular. The motivation for this post is Rick and supported by a tweet I read around the same time from ‘Carl Brooks‘ who is a technology writer on Cloud at TechTarget. Let me give it a shot. First, Cloud is about leveraging economies of scale whether it is public o... (more)