May 19, 2013
blackpearl, Business Process, General, PowerToolz
K2 Migration Upgrade
Moving active business processes from one environment to another is not an every day task. It is complicated and painful. It does happen though and we are seeing this occurring more and more due to typical system upgrades, platform changes and mergers & acquisitions.
Recently jEyLaBs assisted with migrating over many thousands of active business process instances from one Active Directory environment to another. We have also worked with two other projects relating to Active Directory changes, SharePoint and K2 platform upgrades at the same time.
There are many aspects to migrating processes. Completed, Active and Future instances all have to be analysed for migration impact. The volume of these instances also has an impact on the time required to analyse and implement the change.
Our consultants are currently engaged on a project involving SQL, K2 and SharePoint clusters undergoing a migration. We deployed our PowerToolz to great effect on this project. We were able to complete the analysis, integrity and validation checks as well as the migration process of two pre-production environments within 15 hours.
If the system uses many process applications, multiple versions of process definitions and many thousands of instances then the project cannot be delivered within a meaningful timeframe unless you use some tooling such as the PowerToolz. It is simply impossible to be able to repeat the migration steps with confidence and have proper coverage of all migration best practices.
jEyLaBs uses DELL software products and our jEyLaBs PowerToolz along with our consulting services to manage and deliver these migration projects. There will be a need for support services around the migration period and it is important you plan for that as well. Our remote support teams provide critical migration and post-migration support.
Are you planning a migration sometime soon? If you are looking for some expert advice or general tips and tricks please do get in touch with us.
May 13, 2013
I am all for building applications for business users by business users. It is the scalable way to enable the enterprise to achieve efficiency gains. In all jEyLaBs projects we look at addressing the change management and the continuous improvement aspects required to sustain the project’s momentum properly.
Often we see organisations finding it difficult to go beyond the first project or two. They stall as soon as the consultants handover and move on. The reason why they get stuck at trying to get the program of works moving forward is that they do not address IT projects from an ROI perspective.
All IT projects should be looked at from the point of view of business investment and return, just like any other capital or operational investment. Unfortunately Project managers are trained to run IT projects as cost centres and to the allocated budget. They are not measuring or bench-marking against as-is and to-be processes and the efficiency gains the business is aiming to realise by these automation projects.
jEyLaBs is focused on delivering IT solutions with measurable and guaranteed net ROI gains. We are really keen to help project managers, business decision makers and technical implementers understand this approach so that they can be truly successful in implementing IT projects.
We are hosting an information event on this topic of ROI in Melbourne and would love you to join us. Come and participate in this great event with experts from the industry on Tuesday, May 28th at the Rialto. Event starts at 8:30 am with morning tea. Presentation and discussions will finish by 10:30. Come, learn and share something great. Register for free at http://jeylabsevents.eventbrite.com.au
May 11, 2013
Today K2 released an update to its smartforms with powerful new features and performance improvements.
Read all about it here and checkout the PDF control
Here’s some useful doco:
May 8, 2013
jEyLaBs is proud to make our PowerToolz LITE utility available on the K2Underground. You can download the tool and request a free license key from us. Go to http://www.k2underground.com/groups/powertoolz_lite/Default.aspx
If you are keen to learn about automated testing of processes and smartobjects then checkout our PowerToolz product. It helps you with scripting test cases, test results visualisation, analysis of processes and more including migration. Goto: http://www.jeylabs.com/SharePoint-workflow-experts-PowerToolz-Tester
April 25, 2013
K2 have just released 4.6.5 to customers. This version includes a number of new things including a SmartWizard framework.
SmartWizard gives us the ability to declaratively create wizards and add them to process designer tools. Smart Wizard framework makes it easy to put a nice customised UI in front of SmartObjects.
What does this mean for your organisation? The power of SmartObjects is now truly at the hands of your process designers.
You configure wizards that make the job of accessing backend systems much easier and now every process designer can take advantage of your wizard.
You can configure various wizards to achieve various things and you can make that configuration a reusable asset.
We used to code these wizards for our customers – no longer the case. You can do it yourself. You can make adoption of process automation much easier and faster.
Welcome to 4.6.5 – You are now a SmartWizard.
Want to learn more? We are just an email away. (firstname.lastname@example.org)
April 18, 2013
Building applications to solve business problems is what we do. Our team of Consultants come to work every day with enthusiasm because we know we make a difference. We pride in the output we produce – the Value we deliver daily to our clients.
This is why we don’t give up on continuing to find better ways to improve application delivery. We dont stop innovating. Evolution cannot stop.
When it comes to Delivering business apps, We have more than one way of doing things. We have solutions that fit different requirements perfectly well.
For the projects we work in the SharePoint centric environment we found quick apps from DELL software to be very powerful.
Simple requirements from a user point of view typically ends up being custom coded webparts in SharePoint projects, adding to costly change requests and upgrades.
Quick apps solves this nightmare by offering a powerful suite of webparts for SharePoint. These are super webparts that allow users to self-service their requirements.
Quick apps provide you with 21 generic, customisable, easy to use webparts. These are available in your webpart gallery.
You can use them to configure graphs, cascading lists, provide filters and roll ups, create custom look and feel for editing and viewing of list information, and aggregate media from multiple sites among many things.
There is compelling ROI arguments behind this approach of building solutions.
Come and learn more at our SharePoint event in Melbourne being held next week. Register here now to grab those last few seats available: http://tinyurl.com/jeylabs0413
April 9, 2013
Please check out this exclusive breakfast event on SharePoint hosted by jEyLaBs in Melbourne this April. Register now to reserve your seat!