“Christmas is the day that holds all time together”

The Scottish poet Alexander Smith (1830-1867) said that at one point.

We are now entering the time of the year when most of us have the opportunity to relax and spend some time with family and friends. However there are still a few people who actually are working and whose services are necessary and important. One of the hard working ones, Santa Claus, has a really busy schedule. The logistics behind the distribution he is doing is a really tricky one.

This year we have helped a number of our clients to get their things done. We have done that in a lot of different areas and in particular the supply chain space. Gartner mentioned us in the report “Hype Cycle for Supply Chain Planning, 2014” as one of the vendors providing tools for Intelligent Business Operation.

So if Santa and maybe you want to have a more intelligent way to plan your supply chain in the future please give us a call.

HappyChristmas

Barium Live upgraded to 2014.3.4

2014.3.4 is our last planned upgrade for the year, a minor upgrade with 2 great new features for process management systems and process apps as well as a couple of fixes and performance improvements.

Easier to create Top Level process models

The classic feature move forward, move back that we recognize from PowerPoint and other graphical software is now available for the Block Symbols in the Barium Live BPMN Modeler 2.0. The block symbol is frequently used when creating top level processes like the one below. By arranging the block symbols it is now possible to decide which symbol should be placed on top of the other to create great business process models.

Top Level process with the Block Symbol

 A new field for better attachments in process apps

Attachment Folder is a brand new form field which is now available for process applications. It brings some great new features to those looking for better management of attachments to a form. With the Attachment Folder field it is possible to drag-and-drop multiple files onto the form and upload them to the process instance. You can decide which folder in the content folder that the attachments should be placed in and more.

Form with an Attachment Folder field in it

 

See the Web Cast for a demonstration of the new features

 

Read the 2014.3.4 Change Log on the Barium Live Help Center to learn about all the details of the release and to learn more about how to use these new features.

Finally, we want to wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Best Regards,
Jonathan Franze
Product Manager

Use Barium Live to create your cloud-based management system

Management systems are often an important component for organizations in their effort to maintain efficient processes and to lead, manage and improve the business. Those management systems often contain a large amount of documents and process models that over time must be maintained, changed and distributed throughout the organization.

For those responsible for the maintenance of these management systems, the task is not always easy. It is about having control of all information, often in several versions, to find effective ways to distribute the information and ensure that changes to the information reach everyone affected.

Historically (maybe still in some organizations?) more or less sophisticated binder system were used for the task, but during the last 10-15 years many organizations have invested in various types of IT solutions to replace the binder systems. Most often, these IT solutions are built on different kinds of locally installed software that are isolated from other applications within the organization.

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At Barium, we have a long experience in delivering IT solutions for management systems and in Barium Live we have put all the experience and knowledge that we have gathered in the field throughout the years. Among other things, our passion around process driven applications is sprung from the fact that we saw that our customers, who worked with traditional management systems, needed something more.

We saw that they invested a lot of time and effort in mapping and documenting their processes but often had challenges getting the effects they wanted in terms of increased productivity, shortened lead times, process compliance and improved process outcome. What they needed was a way to create solutions (of course based on their processes) that not only described how to conduct the work, but also efficiently supported the people within the organization to get the daily work done, in accordance to the decided ways of working. In this case, process driven apps easily outperform clickable process maps with linked information.

However, even if we at Barium are passionate about process driven apps and know that it is the most effective way to get real business value from your process development work, traditional process based management systems still play an important role in most organizations. That is why we have ensured that Barium Live also is the cornerstone you need when building a management system in the year 2014.
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Barium Live is easy to use and will provide you with the tools necessary to rapidly create a management system and to get control over the information within it. It makes the distribution out to the organization a breeze since it does not require any installed software and it can be used on any device in any location. It also allows you to use your existing document management systems and intranet portals if preferred, regardless if those systems are locally installed or if you use different cloud services.

So, if you are in the starting blocks to create your very first or freshen up your existing management system – give us a call and let us explain how we can help you. Or hey, just sign up on Barium Live and get down to work!

Happy Mapping,
Christian Andreasson

Barium Live 2014.3.3 has arrived

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2014.3.3 is a minor upgrade that adds new and improved features to the Barium Live BPMN Modeler 2.0, forms, improved e-mail notifications and improvements in the process application configuration capabilities. Here are some of the highlights.

Improved functionality for Assign Performer

The new ability to combine a Role Mapper and the Assign Performer in process applications means that it is now possible to create even more diverse process apps. People performing tasks in a process can now be given a filtered list of assignable people based on information in the form. For example, in a Work Order process you can configure a process so that only the people who are electricians can be assigned tasks to perform electrical work.

Help people in their decisions!

assign role in role mapper

Improved functionality for attachments

It is now easier to work with attachments in forms. The attachment form field has received an upgrade allowing attached items to be deleted from the form (if the field is editable of course). We also made a change that hinders people from deleting files in the content folder if they are attached in an attachment field so that important information is not inadvertently deleted.

Improved notifications

Notifications when sharing a task with other people has been improved. When you share a task you can give the invited person permissions to Read, Edit or Perform the task. What permission has been given is now written in the invite text.

Faster access to process modeling

We believe that process modeling should be fast. We’ve therefore found even more ways to get to your process model a little bit faster still.

See a web cast and read about the details of the release in 2014.3.3 Change Log on the Barium Live Help Center and don’t be shy if you have any questions or comments regarding this release or Barium Live in general.

Regards,
Jonathan Franze
Product Manager – Barium Live

Barium Live upgraded to 2014.3.2

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Barium Live has been upgraded to version 2014.3.2, a minor upgrade that brings a number of new and improved features as well as bug fixes and stability improvements.

External Web Links

BPMN 2.0 process models now have support for external web links. These allow you to share a process model to someone outside of Barium Live. If you need input from a stakeholder on the process model or want to share a process with an outsider it’s easily done by activating an external web link and sending it via e-mail. Anyone with the link can open the process model by clicking on the link and see the model and all information in it.

Sharing made easy!

Dynamic Task Deadlines

Setting deadlines on Tasks is one of the great features of Barium Live, and we just made it better allowing you to configure a deadline to be dynamic. You can now choose that your deadline offset is fetched from field in a form making it possible to set deadline information per process instance. For example if a tasks deadline is 4 days after it started you can now fetch the number (4) from a form field if you want the deadline to be different in each instance.

This is perfect for project related process applications.

Improved presentation of BPMN 2.0 process models

BPMN 2.0 process models are now presented better in Barium Live. The entire height of the screen is now used to present a process model making it easier to view large and detailed process models by taking advantage of the full screen size.

Easier process viewing!

More improvements

We have also made improvements to the e-mail sending capabilities with new configuration settings, added support for more variables that can be used to present data and squashed bugs.

For the full details of the content of the upgrade, see the 2014.3.2 Change log on the Barium Live Help Center.

Regards,
Jonathan Franze
Product Manager – Barium Live

 

“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication”

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The legendary Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519) is the man behind those words.

The other day one of my colleges had a meeting with a potential customer.
They did admit that they have some complex challenges and after listening to our offering the person said, “You can’t solve complex problems with a complex solution”. The person was quite impressed with what we demonstrated and the fact that they want to continue the discussion with us indicated that we provide just that: A simple solution on complex problems.

Last week Barium Live was updated, and in all of our versions we are dedicated to make our offering richer of functionality and more and more simple. Thats is our challenge and it is what motivates us, because we at Barium are aiming to get closer to the ultimate sophistication.

Barium Live “Cloud meets Cloud”

Barium Live integrates with cloud services

Barium Live has just become better with a brand new upgrade to version 2014.3.1 bringing some new, exciting features to all customers.

Cloud meets Cloud

With the latest upgrade Barium Live can now be integrated with the Cloud Services Google Drive and Dropbox to add files and information from there as documents in your process models.

For those customer who (just like us) use Google Apps and Google Drive as a Document Management System it is now possible to easily connect and add documents and files to processes that are created and maintained there. Dropbox works in the exact same way.

Extendable Integration Service

The integrations created to Google Drive and Dropbox are examples of the extendability of Barium Live. We plan on creating connections to even more Document Management Systems like SharePoint and more. It is also possible to create custom Integration Services to pretty much any type of Document Management System by creating a custom Integration Service to it. Contact us if you are interested in this and we can explain more.

Upload files and add URL links

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The Barium Live BPMN Modeler 2.0 has been updated with the features to upload files to and to add URL links to tasks and activities. This lets you create process models and to add steering information that can be attached to and accessed directly from the Process Model. Uploading files and using URL links can be used together with files and documents from connected Document Management Systems such as Google Drive or Dropbox which means you can bring information from multiple sources to you processes without any hassle.

Create process-aware BPMN 2.0 forms

Configuring Viewmodes in process models now makes it possible to create BPMN 2.0 process applications that have process aware forms. You can configure a form in a process application to present its content depending on where in the process it is being viewed and by who. Show, hide or lock parts of the form to create great human-friendly process apps.

Read all about the details in the Change Log

As with any upgrade the details of all the new and improved features can be read in the change log with links to even more detailed articles on how you can use each feature .

Here you can find the 2014.3.1 Change Log.

Enjoy!
Jonathan Franze
Product Manager – Barium Live

“I’d love to be popular in Barcelona. That sounds like a fun job.”

Bobby Heenan (1944-), a profile in AWA (American Wrestling Association) stated that at one point.

Barcelona, the amazing Catalonian city, will host the Gartner Symposium/ITxpo 2014, November 9-13, one of the most important IT events in Europe during the year.

A great number of companies (over 4800 attendees!) will be present to find out about trends and news within the world of IT, and of course we at Barium will be there as well. We will be one of the vendors in the Emerging Technology Pavilion since we are working in the frontline within our domain.

We look forward to a fun job in Barcelona and we would love to be popular among the visitors at the event, not just because our cool technology (and because we are fun to socialize with) but even more by explaining what our customers has achieved when using Barium Live. To explain it simple “Our clients get things done”!

Do you want to know how they have get their things done, visit us in Barcelona, or give us a call!

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Barium Live 2014.3 is here

A new version of Barium Live is here, 2014.3. This time, focus has been on new and improved features in the Barium Live BPMN Modeler 2.0. The content brings some great configuration features for creating process applications.

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Form templates
Create templates for your forms and access your forms easier directly from the modeling tool.

Task deadline
You can now add deadlines to your tasks in order to make it possible to trace your tasks and overview your performance.

Assign role
Make it possible to, per instance, assign which of the participants in a role that is going to perform the following tasks using the Assign role feature.

Performers filters
Filter the performers in your roles depending on previous participants.

In addition to this the release also includes:

  • Improvements to User Management
  • Usability improvements
  • Bug fixes

In the Release Notes you can read all about the details of the release.

Jonathan Franze
Product Manager – Barium Live

“If you spend too much time thinking about a thing, you’ll never get it done”

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This thoughtful statement was once made by the actor Bruce Lee (1940-1973).

Now I have been with Barium for a year and a lot of things have happened during this time. Of course I have experienced some of it before but there are also things that are completely different.

In interaction with friends, potential customers and partners it is sometimes a bit challenging to explain what we are doing in a simple and short way.
Yes we are delivering a lot of value, yes we are increasing collaboration in organizations, yes we are a BPMS and yes we do create applications by doing processes executable. This might be more or less easy to understand and a deeper explanation is needed in most cases.
Giving it a second thought we at Barium tried to understand the lowest common denominator among our customers when working with us.

The answer – Our customer get things done, and they do it fast.

So if you want to learn how, and also start to do things rather then just thinking about them, give us a call.