BlueworksLive Updates – October and December
While no one was looking, IBM has continued to ratchet up the functionality available in BlueworksLive. In the October 2012 release:
- Improvements to navigating and filtering
- The layout algorithm has been improved, with better support for parallel flows. This is a big improvement over the prior behavior.
- Cycle Time Calculations have been added. Add work time and wait time manually. Of course, I’d like to see this fed from the BPM performance data warehouse, but this is a step in the right direction.
In the December release, the biggest change was the addition of the “Viewer” capability – allowing us to add viewers who cannot edit or participate in the process.
But another, minor change was added – the ability to define what the colors used in a diagram mean (Color Legend). Much more useful than just having colors, you can remind people what the colors were for, years later.
And my favorite addition: attached events! This has been a sorely missing feature from Blueworks Live for years – partly because there was a concern at Lombardi that attached events were too complicated. I think IBM has finally conceded that not having attached events caused more problems than it solved for process experts and process beginners alike.
Finally, Blueworks Live is now available in a whole set of new languages! German, French, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Chinese, Japanese, and Korean. Not bad.
It’s great to see IBM continuing with the release every 6-8 weeks, steadily improving on their cloud-offering for BPM. Looking forward to taking advantage of some of these features!