Unlock your smartness!

“Wherever smart people work, doors are unlocked”

Steve Wozniak (1950-), no presentation needed, is the man behind this quote.

The world is changing fast and companies need to be smart to keep up with the pace of changes. Smart, in this context, is the ability to implement changes when they occur and do it fast so that you benefit from them and create opportunities and competitive advantages. In this fast moving world these opportunities will be available for just a short period of time. Therefore, speed is of the essence.

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Today’s companies and organisations are stuck with their legacy in one or several ways. Rigid systems, no matter if they are old or new, lock companies in their way of working even when they want to change.

Lack of right information, at the right time and in the right format, might also lock the employees in old, well known behaviours. Without this information, there are no guidelines to help them change.

We at Barium have seen, countless times, that new processes, defined and agreed upon, are not implemented but are instead collecting dust on a digital or physical shelf.

Unlock the doors to your systems, your information and your processes – empower your employees and get smarter.

We at Barium can tell you how – Get in contact!

Barium Live upgraded to 2015.4

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2015.4 is the fourth upgrade to reach Barium Live this year bringing exciting new features and improvements to all users.

Open Lists by default

The ability to configure the user experience for users is an important feature on Barium Live. With this upgrade we have added a new important configuration that allows users to see their inbox and lists automatically after they log on.

Download and upload BPMN 2.0 process models and apps

If you have created a process on Barium Live it is easy to share with other people or to copy to other spaces by downloading and uploading. This feature is now available for BPMN 2.0 processes and does not only support downloading the process model. If you have deployed the process to an application the entire application can be downloaded and shared.

Loads of improvements to BPMN 2.0 processes

The Barium Live BPMN Modeler 2.0 has been improved in a number of ways to support more features and be easier to use. Here are some of the highlights.

  • Make processes reusable to use as Call Activities
  • Support for Link Events
  • Improved modeling experience
  • Improved process permissions
  • And more…

Read all about the details of these improvements and everything else that is included in this upgrade in the 2015.4 Change Log.

We hope you will enjoy all these features

Best Regards,
Jonathan Franze

Barium Live 2015.3 is here!

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Barium Live has received its third upgrade this year in version 2015.3 It is packed with new and improved features that bring more capabilities and possibilities to existing and new customers.

This upgrade has a great deal of focus on improvements to self service capabilities and additional configuration to help customers do more. We have also added some neat improvements to the navigation and made it possible to choose how different users should experience Barium Live when they do their work. Here are some highlights:

Custom Space Experience

The ability to customize Barium Live with logos, colours and other configuration has been a key feature for a long time. We have now improved those capabilities, allowing you to set different settings for different users to ensure that everyone sees exactly the right things.

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We have also added more configuration settings that can be used to decide how a task should be shown for a role. Again, to ensure that only the necessary information is visible.

Improved user management and administration

As an administrator we have now made it easier to add new users to Barium Live by using the new add user manually feature. Sharing the load of administering users and configurations is now also easier with the possibility of adding contract administrators so that more people can help maintain the Barium Live users and content.

Add user manually

Improved navigation

We have made some great improvements to the navigation menu to make it clearer and easier. Much of the customer feedback that we have received lately have been implemented and navigating on Barium Live now feels a lot better.

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More BPMN 2.0 features

Signal Event is one of the features and improvements that we have added to the Barium Live BPMN Modeler 2.0 and now allows you to send signals in process applications to synchronize the process flows.

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For the full details of the content of this upgrade, see the 2015.3 Change log.

Enjoy!
Jonathan Franze
Product Manager – Barium Live

 

“In the new world, it is not the big fish which eats the small fish, it’s the fast fish which eats the slow fish”

The founder and executive chairman of World Economic Forum Klaus Schwab (1938-) is the man behind those words.

Two weeks ago we had our yearly event Business Live. This year it took place at Musikaliska in Stockholm. Our idea was to inspire customers and none customers (not yet anyway) to work with their processes to be able to change and adopt in the pace that is needed. A number of our customers took place on stage to share their experiences working with Barium Live. Gartner did a presentation talking about the CIO role of tomorrow and the need of moving towards the Bimodal IT landscape. We held a demo and talked about what we think are the key drivers for the future. And among other, we used the quote in the beginning of this blog post.
Is there any one out there who still believes that you can stay in your current status due to the fact that you are, right now, successful? Well, we don’t think that is the case – the only way to survive is to be able to change, and you need to be able to change fast.

So if you want to understand how you can create a foundation that gives you the capabilities to constantly and rapidly adapt, please give us on Barium a call, because we will be able to help you.

Do you see the forest for the trees?

In our daily work we tend to focus a lot on the tasks we need to sort out in short term. Many of us are struggling just to keep our head above the surface, and during those circumstances it is quite hard to think about improvements and future needs.

I am currently involved in a project were the organisation is working around the clock buried into all ”must do” activities. A lot of the work is spent on checking out that the information received is correct and after that the person starts to do whatever is supposed to be done. The confidence and trust in the way of working is so low that those check points are scattered all over the way of working creating a huge amount non value additional work. Work would be unnecessary with a well working quality secured process.

We have had several moments of insight when we have modelled this current situation with comments like: “Why do we work like this”? “I didn’t know why and when you needed that information until now” and so on.

Well they are not alone. We see examples like this nearly on a daily basis and they have one thing in common:

You can’t see the processes for the activities!

Well, with Barium Live you will have the possibility to see the processes, and not just only that. You will also be able to work with continuously improvements that are implemented fast and easy – You will get your things done

Barium Live upgraded to 2015.2

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Barium Live has received its second upgrade for this year.

2015.2 contains some of the most exciting new features for the BPMN 2.0 modeling tool so far. The collaborative modelling session feature that allows several people to model the same model at the same time.

Real-time Collaborative Modelling
The collaborative Modeling Session in the Barium Live BPMN Modeler 2.0 has been enhanced to really work for you. You can now invite anyone to model together. When they join the session they can see the process being created in real-time and give feedback to the modeler in the chat window.

004 - Request ControlIt’s also possible to “pass over the control” to those that are part of the session allowing someone else to continue modeling while you sit back and watch.

No more sending e-mails with process links or attached process model images to your co-workers. Work together on the same process at the same time directly in your web browser.

Revert to an earlier process version
An added feature now makes it easier to copy, change and update a process model to an earlier version of the process. Useful for creating new versions that should be based on earlier versions without having to remodel everything from the beginning.

Improved support for adding documents to process models
Adding documents to process models that contain instructions, routines and other information has now been expanded to the Block Symbol. This allows you to get creative with your process models and how you make important information available.

This and more is what version 2015.2 contains. For all details see the 2015.2 Change Log in the Barium Live Help Center.

Enjoy!
Jonathan Franze
Product Manager – Barium Live

Barium Live version 2015.1 is here

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Barium Live has received its first upgrade for the year and has now been upgraded to version 2015.1. This upgrade is focused on adding new and improved features for BPMN 2.0 process models and apps as well as stability improvements and bug fixes.

Timers for BPMN 2.0 process apps

It is now possible to add and configure Timer Events to BPMN 2.0 process apps. Timer events can add powerful features to react on time. You can pause a process, cancel activities and configure timer events to react on fixed dates and times or dynamically on information in the process or forms.

Upload images to BPMN 2.0 process models

Adding images to process models has been enhanced. You can now upload an image from your computer to the process, improvements to resize images have been added and together with the recent upgrade for moving Block Symbols backward or forward now greatly enhance the ability to add images to processes.

Copy BPMN 2.0 process models and apps

Copying process models and apps is now available for BPMN 2.0 process models and apps. Copying the process will create a complete copy with all content such as documents, images and more. If the process has been deployed all form templates will be copied as well.

Improved notification settings when sharing process models

When you share a BPMN 2.0 process model you can now choose whether or not to send an e-mail notification to the people you have chosen.

Other improvements

Several smaller improvements have been added as well:

  • Draw sub processes on the canvas
  • Improvements to the Document Management Adapter OpenText
  • Better text alignment in Block Symbols
  • General stability and bug fixes

To read all about the details of the changes, please see the Change Log on the Barium Live Help Center.

2015 is getting off to a great start!

Regards,
Jonathan Franze
Product Manager – Barium Live

Happy New Year!

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2014 is almost over and it has been a fun and busy year for us at Barium. We have participated on events like Integration Days, Gartner BPM Summit in London, Agresso knutpunkt, Vitalis, Abilita client days, Offentliga Rummet, eFörvaltningsdagarna and Gartner Symposium in Barcelona. We have also introduced our own event Business Live with two successful days in Gothenburg.

We have expanded our team and during the year we have altogether grown our staff with 44 %. We moved to a bigger office in Stockholm in January and we opened our first office outside of Sweden, in Oslo, in April.

Barium Live has turned 5 years, and with nine upgrades we have brought a new modeler tool, usability improvements and other features including easier collaboration and personalised message capabilities for multiple areas to live.

Our business network has grown and we have a lot of new partners, among others EY, Deloitte and Sweco. But we are of course most excited about this years successful projects together with both existing and new clients, among others CSN, CBRE and ICA.

Our ambitions for 2015 are big and we have already scheduled a breakfast seminar in January with the CIO of CSN as a speaker, Business Live in April, this time in Stockholm, and we will participate in the Gartner Symposium in Barcelona once again.

Hope to see you again in 2015. Happy New Year!

“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