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

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

Barium Live 2014.3.2

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.