About Fredrik Selander

Sales Marketing Manager, Barium Live, Sweden

SharePoint applications in a snap!

We know that many organizations evaluate or already work within a Microsoft SharePoint environment as a platform for collaboration, document sharing and even workflows. SharePoint do offer a great set of features and millions of possibilities for adaptation. This means, in short, that the time and effort to do something in SharePoint requires hundreds of expensive hours from consultants or in-house developers.

Barium Live! - Barium SharePoint Client

Barium Live! is the business-friendly tool enabling business users, not-only tech-savvy users, to construct and develop advanced workflows within minutes, hours or a couple of days instead of weeks or even months of developing. And to add the workflows to SharePoint!

Thanks to our prized innovation (Gartner Cool Vendor 2012Map to App it is possible to create runnable workflows by simply model the workflow like a process map. Add roles, guiding documents, business logic and e-forms, and a couple of minutes later you can implement the solution in your global organization. Enable external and internal users to interact through web-forms on your web page, corporate intranet or SharePoint portal.

Have a look at our web site—and if you like what you see, please give me a call to arrange a meeting!

Fredrik Selander
Barium Stockholm Office

Barium opens new office in Stockholm

Barium are pleased to announce the opening of our new offices in Stockholm! The new office is located on Kungsgatan 6, at the very heart of the city. This enables us to come closer to our existing and potential clients, and provides us with excellent facilities for seminars and workshops.

Barium Office, Kungsgatan 6, Stockholm

Our Stockholm office will assist current and future customers with sales, education and consulting services. This will enhance our capabilities to deliver our state-of-the art Business Process Management System Barium Live!

We welcome you to come and visit us and see how our platform can automate and excel your business processes.

Contact us or visit our website in Swedish/English.

Kindest Regards,
Fredrik Selander
and the Stockholm Team

Do not reinvent the wheel. Use standard BPMN instead!

Last week went utterly fast, and soon it is time for Christmas again (luckily we have nice weather in Sweden though). Time is running away!

Some people quote “time is money”. Therefore I am surprised organisations still bother to reinvent the wheel all the time when they work with processes.

I recently represented Barium during an IT exhibition conducted by two Swedish organisations called KommITS and Sambruk. One of their great ideas is to share competence, know-how and at the same time increase the value of invested time and money.

I have seen several projects in the public sector, which all have potential to add great value to the networks involved. But many of these projects are still very much focused on managing the hygienic factors of IT, which could be legislation, communication standards, archiving and more.

What I do miss is the shared knowledge around processes. I dare to actually question the awareness of the standard process notation BPMN. The whole idea behind processes is to standardise. Is it not wise then to actually follow a standard notation?

BPMN symbols from Barium Live!

If you do so, you can actually benefit from collaborative invention! If Stockholm City creates ten HR processes, Gothenburg can exchange them for a couple of city building processes. And Svedala can exchange a non-conformance process in exchange for a service request process from Kiruna etc. The processes of course need to be redefined to the actual council, but this can be done relatively easy. So don’t start from scratch! And if you do follow a standard, you will also be able to exchange process diagrams between tools. No more vendor lock-in. Instead you can focus on business improvements, and continuous development of the processes!

Keep up the process revolution!

Fredrik Selander
Barium AB

E-Governance includes more than e-Services

Last week Barium attended Sweden’s biggest E-Governance exhibition called eFörvaltningsdagarna. During our two day stay, we had the opportunity to speak to delegates interested in BPM and e-services.

eFörvaltningsdagarna 2011

We weren’t the only company offering e-services, but we were the only Business Process Management System on site. In Sweden, focus is on e-ID, legislation and usability towards the citizen. This is essential and of course very important. Thus it won’t help governments and local authorities to improve and enhance their business and the customer experience as much as improving their internal processes.

Citizens contact local authorizes to ask for help, to complain, to ask for approval, to get contracts etc. The result is what matters to them. They want quick response, yes. But they also demand reliable and quality assured decisions. E-ID, legislation etc. are just hygienic factors. In order to improve an organisation we need to focus on the on-going improvement and the processes within. The biggest cost-structure (and biggest opportunity to improve) is within the organisation, not in the interface towards the citizen. Luckily I could see several key-notes with process in the topic header, at least!

Gartner chief analyst Andrea Di Maio is on the same track. In a recent article, Medborgaren inte längre i fokus (in Swedish), he clearly states that focus needs to shift towards employees so that they, in their turn, can perform their tasks well and obtain customer satisfaction. He also mentions the cloud as a suitable platform for improvements.

Fredrik Selander
Barium representative at eFörvaltningsdagarna 2011

Why do we map processes?

Why do companies around the world put time and effort in to process mapping? And is this work being done for the right cause? I believe there are two main reasons for a process discovery initiative.

Process mapping for a reason

First and foremost there are legislation, certifications like ISO and FDA-regulations that force companies to act.

Second, some companies are process aware and understand that everything in a business spells P-R-O-C-E-S-S. Therefore you need to control your process in order to control your business, and furthermore to work with continuous improvement.

In the first case, when the process discovery initiative has been pushed down by the management, the commitment from the employees is often low. Processes are often believed as something they “have to do” but very few understand why and for what reason. It is just another work task to be done without getting extra time and salary. And does it really increase the customer experience? They don’t know, they have just been instructed to map processes, follow new routines and do even more documentation (bureaucracy).

In the second case, the company understands that the underlying idea behind ISO etc. is to maintain high quality and corporate performance through standardisation. It wasn’t meant to be a burden! Process orientation is the answer to quality management, but also to popular buzzwords such as Kaizen, 6-Sigma, PDCA, Lean and Organisation Learning.

By adapting processes deeply into your organisation you can acquire wonderful results. Just look at Google, Apple and Virigin!

What is your opinion? Why do you map processes?

Best regards,
Fredrik Selander
Sales Representative

Time to introduce myself: Fredrik

It is finally time to release our new BariumLive! blog and time to present myself among the other contributors.

My name is Fredrik Selander, and I am working within Barium’s sales department. I have been working for Barium for a year now and I will try to share my insight of the BPM and IT market as I have perceived it thus far. My earlier career has seen me working within heavy industry, retail and logistics. I am also involved in local politics. Therefore my ambition is to touch on several areas around Business Improvement and IT from a holistic perspective, but also to touch on specific areas of interest.

Some of the areas I have in mind are listed below:

  • Why do we map processes? (Business)
  • Who should be responsible for a process initiative? (Organisation)
  • Is it possible to catch all business needs in a RFP/specification? (Procurement, Agile Methods)
  • Barium Live! + Google Docs = a cloud couple? (Platform)
  • What is a BPMS? (IT)

I will also try and reflect on ideas and conversations I have had with potential clients. But don’t be afraid, I will not put your names up here!

In Sweden we are generally shutting down our businesses for a couple of weeks
over the summer period, so the blogs will be spontaneous until the beginning of August
where they will resume regularly.

Looking forward to having you all as readers!

Best regards,
Fredrik Selander
Sales Representative