2014 – Q1 & Q2 recap

It has been a busy first part of this year for us at Barium. Here is a short recap of some of the activities that we have participated in up until today. In addition, we have programmed, configured and project managed to allow for exciting projects with new customers, employees and partners.

We now look forward to an interesting and inspiring second half of 2014!

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Business Live 2014

Our 101st blog post!

A few weeks ago Business Live 2014 took place in Gothenburg, Sweden, at the conference center Gothia Towers. We invited customers, partners and other with an interest in business process management to a conference with focus on inspiration, knowledge sharing and networking. Here is a short statistical recap from the event.

Want to join in 2015? Look out for the invitation!

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Questions? Contact hanna.lofving@barium.se

Barium Live 2014.2 has arrived

2014.2 introduces the Barium Live BPMN Modeler 2.0, a brand new modeling tool that makes process modeling faster, simpler and more collaborative. We have also added new and improved features for external users to interact with process applications and boosted the user management capabilities for space and contract administrators.

Read about the highlights here and all the details in the Release Notes (link below).

Introducing the Barium Live BPMN Modeler 2.0
The brand new process modeling tool is finally here! Everything has been improved and we can now offer you a fast, user-friendly and ultra modern user experience.

The Barium Live BPMN Modeler 2.0 offers you:

  • Browser independency – Use any PC and any Browser
  • Save automatically – No more lost information
  • Extreme collaboration – Invite others to your modeling session.

This is one of the biggest things to happen on Barium Live since we launched in 2009.

We believe this is the next step in the evolution of modeling tools that every single business developer and savvy business user must have.

Read everything about the new modeling tool it in the Help Center article
About Barium Live BPMN Modeler 2.0.

Introducing the External Overview Status Page

The External Overview Status Page is a new feature that allows external users to follow the status of their process instance and interact with it. Compare it to the Pack Track features that postal services offer but with much better capabilities to present information and to allow the external user to interact with the instance as it is running.

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Improved Contract and User Management

The Contract and User Management capabilities have been improved to give administrators more control over users and content on their Barium Live accounts. Adding users in bulk, setting permissions and exporting user information are some of the new features that are now available.

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Other areas that have been improved are:

  • Performance and stability improvements
  • Improved design for the External Start Confirmation Page
  • Bug fixes

For a detailed list of all the new and improved features, visit the 2014.2 – Release Notes.

Happy modeling!
Jonathan Franze
Product Manager – Barium Live

“When eating an elephant take one bite at a time.”

This famous quote, made by general Creighton Williams Abrams Jr. ( 1914 –1974) will be the starting point for todays blog post.

In the article “Så avslöjar du it-projekten som riskerar att haverera” (How to reveal IT projects at risk of collapse) in the Swedish paper Dagens Nyheter, 2014-05-20, 20 IT experts and debaters discuss the inefficiencies and risks in IT projects.

They describe two major challenges with IT projects.

The first challenge is the projects themselves, the size, the timeline and the costs. They refer to a number of projects that have had major problems during the project phase including one or several of the parameters mentioned above.

The second area has more to do with the outcome of the projects. Once the project is done and the solution works in operation they mention a number of cases where the IT solution itself has increased the volume of work and made the ordinary working day harder for the employees rather then the other way around. The authors estimate that the costs related to this kind of inefficiency are very high, 10s of billions of Swedish crowns. In many cases they refer to projects in the public sector resulting in loss of tax payers money. Based on this the authors state that it might be a reason to establish an accident investigation board focusing on IT projects.

There are, however, ways to avoid projects from collapsing. The authors points out two different key success factors:

  1. Always focus on the end users need when building or buying an IT solution.
  2. Build and/or implement IT systems in smaller incremental steps. Launch early and learn how the system is actually used.

We at Barium are doing exactly that:

We always build/configure our solutions based on the end users needs and we include them in the process.

We have rapid stepwise implementations (not a case over 3 months yet) where we at all times learn from the behaviour and continuously adjust and improve.

So if you want to know how to avoid a IT collapse and how to eat an elephant, take one bite at a time don’t hesitate to contact us.

Barium Live upgraded to 2014.1.1

Barium Live has been updated with a Service Maintenance Upgrade to version 2014.1.1 which brings some much needed fixes, anticipated improvements and even some great new features that can be activated by process modelers and application configurators.

These new features do not have any impact on end users since they must first be activated. The new features include customizing the user interface for external start events, designing the message presented to external users after they start processes externally and a completely new configuration capability for tasks, the Multi Instance Task.

Multi Instance Task

MultiInstance is a configuration that can be set on a task that will split a single task into multiple tasks (or Instances) resulting in a dynamic task that needs to be completed a different number of times each time. The task will split up for each person that is assigned to perform the task at the time the task is started.MultiInstanceTask For example, we use it to ensure that every person at Barium receives a task containing important information and completes the task when he or she has read it. The review task has the group “Everyone” set to it and splits up to all the current number of users in the group each time. The process owner can easily see who has yet to sign off on having read and understood the new information, a great tool for compliance and audit.

Design your external Start URLs

For External URLs for Start Events or Intermediate Events it is now possible to hide the Barium Live design parts such as Logo, ribbon and colors that by default are shown. By adding the Querystring ?hideGui=true to the end of the external link URL the interface shown to the end user is completely free from design elements that Barium Live has. hideGui When is this useful? Many of our users want to have control of the Graphic User Interface (GUI) aspects of the tools that their customers are exposed to. By removing the Barium Live design elements a solution can look something like the example below.

Customize confirmation messages for external events

Start events and Intermediate events can be triggered externally by activating and an external web link which is embeded on a web site or shared on an intranet. When the form is filled in and the button “send” is clicked a standard text that says “action performed successfully” is shown. EditThankYouMessage This message can now be edited to show a much more helpful confirmation message. To do this there is a new button called “edit message” which is available to click on when the external start event has been activated. Click on the button to create the custom confirmation message.

Much more

The release contains loads of improvements and bug fixes that can be read about in our Release Notes for 2014.1.1 in the Barium Live Help Center. To learn all about how you can configure and use the new features, there are links in the release notes to additional Knowledge Base articles. As always, don’t hesitate to ask us about any details regarding this release. Add a comment below or contact us directly. Enjoy! Jonathan Franze Product Manager for Barium Live

By the way! You are invited to Business Live. A Two-day conference of inspiration provided by our customers, partners and renown experts who share how they innovate and create business value in ground braking ways.

It’s Free of Charge, in beautiful Gothenburg on the 22-23 of May 2014. Register here: http://www.bariumlive.com/business-live

“Ideas are easy. It’s the execution of ideas that really separates the sheep from the goats”

A new blog post a new quote. This time from the american detective novell author Sue Grafton (1941-).

Barium is expanding and we have started a new office in Oslo and last week I did spend some time there. We had a few meetings with some potential partners in the Norwegian market and all meetings were successful and the companies saw great benefits and values in our cloud solution Barium Live.

One of the potential partners (soon existing partner) said that this was something that they had been looking for for a very long time. They have been involved in a number of strategic projects, balanced scorecard projects, lean projects and so on and there is always one common challenge when the structure/model/framework is delivered – How do we make sure that the organization will execute in accordance with this – It looks like you at Barium have found the answer.

So if you want to discuss how you will make sure that you execute on your ideas, give us at Barium a call!

 

 

Heartbleed, not on Barium Live

In the last couple of days, chances are that you may have read about a serious bug found in the cryptographic software library OpenSSL called “Heartbleed”. This bug has made it possible to steal information which is normally protected by SSL/TLS used to secure the Internet. The same security protocols are widely used when you access your banks web site, web mail or corporate Virtual Private Networks (VPN).

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Barium Live is not affected by this bug since we do not use any of the OpenSSL versions that has this vulnerability.

However, many of the Web Services that we all love have been found to be affected. The general recommendation is to change all passwords on sites like Facebook, Yahoo and more. If you use the same password on any of these sites and on Barium Live we do recommend that you change your password on Barium Live as well, just to be sure.

Read about the full details of the “Heartbleed” bug on heartbleed.com.

Regards,
Jonathan Franze
Product Manager

Barium goes Norway!

Today we open our third office and at the same time our first outside of Sweden, this time in Oslo on Dronning Eufemias gate 16 Bjørvika.

We have for a long time been working internationally but until now only with Sweden as a base. With this new location we will get stronger collaboration with customers and partners in the Norwegian market. The new office will primarily focus on developing and expanding partnerships and sales of Barium Live, but also with training and services in business process management (BPM).

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Not ready to make nice*

“We are Barium” – this humble statement was heard two weeks ago at the Gartner BPM Summit in London. Barium was there as one of four main sponsors and our own Håkan Strömbeck made a fantastic 60 seconds speech about Barium and our strengths.

Simple and powerful. This was also the first time we officially previewed our new modeling tool and it’s new look and feel. Lots of people were there to experience it’s gorgeous interface and it’s ease of use. So now, all we have to do is look forward to the official release party at the Barium Business Live event in Gothenburg, on May 22nd.

One thing that is clear to us after two days in London is that the larger vendors are starting to be shaken up by the competition from us who were born in the cloud and are driven by the business.

We are Barium and we are not ready to make nice. We are Barium and we are not ready to back down.

* “Not ready to make nice” – Song by Dixie Chicks, 2006

“Try to be a rainbow in someone’s cloud”

The statement above was made by the American poet Maya Angelou (1928- ).

In the article, Digitaliseringen leder till förändrade krav på leverantörer (Digitalization leads to changing demands on suppliers), in the Swedish paper IDG (2014-03-20) the writer is referring to a Gartner report that states that 70% of CIOs will change their IT and sourcing relations in the next coming 2-3 years.

Furthermore the Gartner Report says that suppliers must change their way of doing things, and help their clients do the same. Tomorrow’s service will be based on scalability and industrialized distribution models and services that are used to drive very specific business goals.

Hybrid IT environments will dominate the architecture in the coming years and therefore it becomes more important to have knowledge of both traditional solutions and models, and of new ones.

Buyers want speed and flexibility and cloud delivery will become the dominant method for this.

We at Barium are:

  • New in our way of thinking
  • We are cloud, we were born there
  • We have speed and we are flexible – Agile in another word

We are the vendor of tomorrow (and today as well)