In the beginning…

tl,dr: all business processes start somewhere, whether data, event or request driven. That simple goal is the starting point of request process improvement.

I just need to collect people’s email addresses to get started.

I get into a lot of solution conversations with my friends. This is consulting 101, but there’s more on the line when I’m personally invested in this person.

There are other challenges too, when it’s personal there’s usually a cost prohibitive budget, a.k.a. no cash on hand.

So when someone asked me how to collect information and “get started” a lightbulb went off!

All processes start somewhere.

pexels-photo-28554It appears that almost all business processes come down to a click. An order. A bit. A byte. SOMETHING; whether it be data or a request, something triggers a business response.

Can we then assume that the best software gets this?

When I asked this, I re-asked it a couple times before I realized this was the value IT was providing. Particularly when it refers to Enterprise Architecture.

The decisions you make about the puzzle you are composing with technology investments influences your ability to react to information and events.

Which is why good architects and business analysts ask difficult questions about APIs and Integration points.

Can you send an example of the JSON?

It’s why great application developers know the details of how to alert and register events. As well as how to extract and parse event and alert information in a meaningful way.

How do you start a process? Is it as easy as filling in a request form? Do you click a button? Is it complex or simple? Why?

Participants in our second virtual hackathon have been challenged to start a business process. Create a simple registration application. Start capturing those email addresses and start the business process you need to start now.

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The First Kinetic Data Hackathon

Winners banked $3,000 in our first hackathon ever! 2015 IT predictions and trends

We challenged anyone to build a Property Management solution using Kinetic Request (and optionally Kinetic Task). The challenge also asked participants to work toward one of four prizes:

  1. The first submission ($1,000) –

    Lindsay Hodges -RDS Services

  2. The best looking submission ($1,000) – Tian McPherson of McPherson Enterprises Inc.
  3. One random winner ($1,000)- Nanoatzen Castro of Infosys
  4. Most complete solution ($3,000) – No entries judged in this category — everybody went after “first solution”.

We learned a lot conducting this hackathon. It challenged us to build even more on our platforms. Taught us how easy it really can be to build solutions on Kinetic Request, and inspired us to build a full sandbox automation solution using our own tools. More to come on that.

Right now, we’re busy preparing for the next event which is scheduled to start September 16th, 2016. Register here to learn more and subscribe to hackathon related news.