“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.

2014.3

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.

Barium Live updated to 2014.2.1

Barium Live has been updated with a Service Maintenance Upgrade to version 2014.2.1. The update mainly consist of fixes, improvements but also a couple of new features that we hope you will enjoy.

Download BPMN 2.0 processes as PDF

A highly requested feature to be able to download a process as PDF is now available. It is not only available to those that are allowed to model a process but to anyone who can see the process and lets you download a printable and shareable copy of the process model.

Download Process as PDFQuick Guide

A Quick Guide now helps users who are modeling BPMN 2.0 processes for the first time. It has a useful, interactive guide to quickly help understand the general features and functions of the Barium Live BPMN Modeler 2.0.

Quick Guide

Improvements

Improvements have been made to several areas on Barium Live, particularly related to BPMN 2.0 processes and process apps. The highlights are:

  • Improved presentation of Process Metadata for BPMN 2.0 processes
  • Improved design of the BPMN Modeler 2.0 Asset Browser
  • Several minor improvements to the BPMN Modeler 2.0 for better useability
  • Improved navigation on Barium Live using a tablet

Fixed issues

Service Maintenance upgrades like this one are also focused on fixing issues and squashing bugs.

For a complete and detailed list of all the new, improved and fixed features, check out the 2014.2.1 Change Log found in the Barium Live Help Center

Regards,
Jonathan Franze
Product Manager – Barium Live

Barium Live updates coming soon

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Since our last update we have been hard at work adding improvements to Barium Live in general and the Barium Live BPMN Modeler 2.0 in particular. The feedback from the launch of the Barium Live BPMN Modeler 2.0 at the Business Live 2014 event has been incredible. Many people have tried it and given us great, positive feedback.

After the release, our ambition was to have smaller, continuous releases. But the feedback we received on the first version has forced us to focus on gathering updates in a minor release. As of now, our plan is to release updates more frequently.

2014.2.1
2014.2.1 is a minor release that will be released on Barium Live on Wednesday 10th September. The upgrade will start at 18:00 CET and is expected to take up to an hour. The upgrade will be added seamlessly to Barium Live and no Service Window will be necessary.

The highlights of the release are as follows:

  • Download a BPMN 2.0 Process Model as a PDF file for sharing or printing
  • A new Quick Guide that helps introduce the Barium Live BPMN Modeler 2.0
  • Improved layout when viewing a BPMN 2.0 process model
  • Improved dialog when lost Internet Connectivity in the Modeling tool
  • Improved User Administration for Space Owners and Space Administrators

As always we have also squashed bugs. A complete and detailed list of the content of the release will, as usual, be available when Barium Live has been updated.

2014.3 coming shortly after
By the way, the release of Barium Live 2014.3 is also on its way. It’s planned to be released by the end of September. Pre-Release information will be shared ahead of time of the release.

If you have any questions or comments, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us.

Vacation mode: Off

We hope you have had a pleasant summer with lots of ice cream in the sun, we have! The second half of 2014 is here and everyone at Barium are back and excited for an eventful fall.

Moving forward, some of our focus areas are keep developing the Barium Live BPMN Modeler 2.0, conduct webinars, participate in conferences and events and of course support, develop and deliver Barium Live. We are currently finalizing an interesting event calendar and we will return soon with it’s outcome!

If the summer break has made you forget some of the essentials in Barium Live we’ve put together a list of articles that may be of your interest:

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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.