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John Stark Associates                                                                                                                                                               Aug 17, 2009 - Vol12 #11

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BPM Project Success
by Scott Cleveland


In earlier articles I have covered many topics.  Some of them are key components of successful projects.  In this issue, I will put them together as tips for BPM Project Success. 

Most successful BPM Projects will likely include the following:

  1. The 80/20 Rule - If you really could identify all of the processes in your company, it is most likely that 20% of them bring the highest value to your company.  So, the first process to manage will be from the 20% group.
  2. A Project Manager with enthusiasm, energy and empathy.
  3. A Team to analyze, improve and test your solution.  Make sure to get the 'nay-sayers' from your company involved so that they have some ownership of the solution.
  4. A Champion with enthusiasm, energy and empathy to be the internal sales person for this project.  This doesn't have to be by title, it could be by respect.
  5. Manage Complexity - Scope creep is a project killer.  Just say no…
  6. Manage Change - The Champion should lead this charge.  Proceed with a campaign that says 'change is good' for you and the company.
  1. Management Support - Most often management support guarantees success.  If you proceed without it, your likelihood of success is severely limited.
  2. Manage Politics - There is politics in most companies.  Understand the political climate and attempt to work within that infrastructure.
  3. Identify Success - How do you define success?  What are the critical success factors?  How will you be measured?  What must you achieve in this project phase in order to roll it out to other processes?
  4. Measure - Measure the current environment.  After you have rolled out the new solution, measure that environment.  You are looking for an improvement.  This step is often overlooked because no one has the time to do it.  Not only is it important to do this for this project, it will help you get approval for others.
  5. Review - What did we do right?  What did we do wrong?  What should we change for the next project?

Your Thoughts....             

This list isn't intended to be exhaustive, just representative.  From your experiences, what would you add?

Scott Cleveland is VP Sales & Marketing, Ingenuus Software.


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            Management: Paradigm for 21st Century Product Realisation





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ANSYS, Inc. announced Q2 2009 results. Total non-GAAP revenue was $124.2 million.

Arena Solutions announced continued growth with new customer annuity bookings increasing by more than 28 percent for Q2 2009.

Autodesk, Inc. reported financial results for the second quarter of fiscal 2010. Revenue was $415 million.

BlueCielo ECM Solutions announced 2008 financial results. Net revenue grew more than 37% to $18.3 million.

Cimatron Limited announced revenues for the second quarter of 2009 were $8.1 million.

Geometric Ltd. announced its Q1 results for FY 2009-10. Operating revenue was Rs 1,293.23 Mn.

i2 Technologies, Inc. announced results for the second quarter of 2009. Total revenue was $57.1 million.

Lectra announced Q2 2009 financial results.

MSC.Software Corp. reported results for Q2 ended June 30, 2009. Total Q2 revenue was $51.7 million.

SAP announced financial results for Q2 2009. Total revenue was Euro 2,576 millions.

Valor Computerized Systems Ltd. announced financial results for the period ending June 30, 2009. Revenues were $9.2M.

3D Systems Corp. announced operating results for Q2 2009. Q2 revenue was $24.7 million.


 Ooyala announced the appointment of Jay Fulcher as President & CEO. Previously, Fulcher served as President & CEO of Agile Software.


 Altair Engineering, Inc. announced that Ford Motor Company uses the HyperWorks simulation suite and its solver solution, RADIOSS.

AVEVA Group plc announced that Fluor Corporation has extended its contract with AVEVA.

Dassault Systemes announced that Dana Holding Corporation has selected SIMULIA SLM.

Lawson Software announced Madura Garments has gone live with the Lawson Fashion Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solution.

Open Text Corp. announced that Marathon Oil Corporation selected Open Text eDiscovery Early Case Assessment.

Pilgrim Software, Inc. announced West-ward Pharmaceutical Corp. will adopt Pilgrim's On-Demand "SaaS" delivery for its SmartSolve products.

ZCorp announced that the Timberland Company is using 3D printing technology from Z Corporation.

Zuken announced that Fiat has committed to use E3.series.


Autodsys, Inc. announced the release of AutoLINE 2010 Linetype Manager.

Bunkspeed announced the availability of HyperShot v1.9.

Bunkspeed announced the availability of HyperDrive'10.

Delcam announced version 10 of its PowerMILL CAM system.

Informative Graphics Corp. announced the latest release of its Brava! family.

Lattice Technology announced updates to its applications that comprise the XVL System Toolkit.

NEi Software announced the release of NEi Fusion 2.0.

Pilgrim Software, Inc. announced availability of its SmartInsight Report Writer product.


Siemens PLM Software announced NX PCB Exchange for Zuken.

Siemens PLM Software announced Solid Edge with Synchronous Technology 2.

Simmetrix Inc. announced Simulation Modeling Suite support of extended capabilities in the area of parallel mesh generation.


CSC announced an agreement with EMC Corp. to offer compliance solutions to the life sciences industry.

Kubotek announced a partnership with Tech Soft 3D to license Adobe 3D technology.

Lightworks announced a partnership with Caustic Graphics, creators of CausticRT.

National Instruments and Dassault Systemes SolidWorks Corp. announced collaboration on a Virtual Prototyping solution.

Think3 and 3Dconnexion announced a partnership agreement.


Aftercad Software announced inclusion in Backbone Magazines Top 20 Web 2.0 Companies for 2009.

Autodesk, Inc. announced it named A.T. Ferrell as the August 2009 Inventor of the Month.

CONTACT Software GmbH and ATB Institute announced a research project in the field of knowledge management.

Dassault Systemes announced that 3D models hosted on the 3DVIA.com library will now be converted to both 3DXML and COLLADA open 3D formats.

Domain Systems, Inc announced their 13th year of delivering products and services to Agile PLM Customers.

GlobalSpec announced results of its fourth annual survey of marketing and sales executives.

InnovMetric Software announced that InnovMetric Software and the National Research Council of Canada were awarded the 2009 FPTT award.

LEDAS announced it supports research on future CAD at Purdue University.

   Product Lifecycle<br />
                        Management: Paradigm for 21st Century Product Realisation

Mentor Graphics Corp. announced that the Questa MVC library supports HDMI.

RAND Worldwide announced that completed the move of its global corporate headquarters to Waltham, MA.

Surfware, Inc. announced that it licensed the 25,000th seat of SURFCAM CAD/CAM software.

Theorem Solutions announced Aerospace and Automotive case studies.

Theorem Solutions announced MTU saves time and money with Theorem's TPM.

VISTAGY, Inc. announced use of FiberSIM composites software by the ING Renault F1 Team.

Zuken announced it has successfully completed a three year European research project.


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