K2 Releases Package and Deployment Tool

K2 just RTM’ed their Package and Deployment tool (PnD).

PnD is a utility for promoting K2 assets, including Workflows, SmartObjects and SmartForms, between K2 environments.

PnD has been in Beta for quite some time and it is great to see it getting released.

You can upgrade from Beta 2, Beta 2 TR or Beta 3 releases to K2 Package and Deployment (4.13210.1.0) RTM by running the K2 Package and Deployment Setup Manager and following the upgrade prompts.

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Why ROI?

Why should we talk about ROI? I truly believe that return-on-investment is an important tool for decision making and most people agree with it. Yet, I see ROI not being used properly as it should be in projects I come across.

To me, ROI is not a throw away term to sell something. There is science behind it. I would even stretch it to “a way of life”.

Actually I never really looked at it very seriously until late last year. When I did, I realised the power behind this concept.

As a consultant at work, I expect my clients to know the value I provide them on projects. I am the best in what I do for them and I know that am worth more than whatever they pay me. That’s why they engage me. I have always provided value beyond the scope and their investment on me. So, this thinking was sensible to me.

But, what about them? Do all my clients know that? Is it reasonable for me to expect them to know that?

The fact of the matter is, I don’t actively show my clients the numbers behind my above mentioned value proposition. This value recognition is important for me as that underpins how I see my contribution towards the projects I work on.

Since I didn’t know for sure that all my clients see the true value I provide in dollar terms, it was important for me to fix it.

So, I set about changing this and putting things out in very clear terms. To do this properly and in simple terms an ROI analysis does the trick. We now do an ROI analysis on all projects that matter and we share this with our clients.

It is really important that we focus our energies and time on important things and theres nothing like an analysis based on ROI of a project from the onset to help us do this right.

ROI is not just for getting the business case done. It should be part of execution. Project managers need to be held accountable for it as well.

I would say the ROI analysis should go even further and be part of ongoing reviews and continuous improvement processes. The benchmarks should be established along side the process enablement roadmap. There is no better universal benchmarking tool than ROI. Net productivity gains in terms of time and dollar value speaks louder than anything else.

What are you doing today to establish value recognition in your projects? Do you want to learn some simple techniques to establish ROI? Call to connect with jEyLaBs and we will show you how we deliver IT solutions with measurable ROI.

Migrations can be Migraine free

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.

Planning Upgrades or Cleanup?

It is that time of the year and we have just updated two of our client environments to K2 4.6.4. One environment was upgraded from K2 4.5 and MOSS to SharePoint 2010 and K2 4.6. This client had a SharePoint Integrated Workflow application which experienced a permission issue. This rare scenario was an introduced bug in 4.6.3 and subsequently fixed in the 4.6.4 update.

The second client was moving from K2 4.5 and SharePoint 2010 to K2 4.6.4. Both the upgrades were completed by our remote support teams with ease. Our migration process and support offering assists customers with free updates. We are now migrating another MOSS client to SP 2010 and K2 4.6.4 this weekend.

If you are looking to update your SharePoint or K2 environments in the next 6-8 weeks please contact sales@jeylabs.com.au and we will be able to provide a special assistance package.

4.6.3 supports IE10, Server 2012 and Win8

K2 just released an update to support Windows 8 for the client components and Windows Server 2012 for the server components. There is support for IIS 8 and Internet Explorer 10 as well in this update.

There are performance enhancements for the all important smart objects framework which powers the smartforms and improvements to email notifications.

Check out more info on this release at portal.k2.com

K2 smartforms – The Game Changer is right here, right now!

K2 has just released the smartforms add-on to its K2 blackpearl platform. K2 smartforms has been in the works for some time now and I have been involved with it since the Alpha. It is great to see this technology out and in the hands of users today. Never before today K2 had this level of sophistication in the UI.

K2 smartobjects are powering these forms and the no code, configuration only, browser based design and deploy experience is superb. K2 smartforms are used as the UI for your smartobjects and workflows. They are version controlled just like the workflow definitions.

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jEyLaBs PowerToolz for K2 is going places…

I am happy to announce that jEyLaBs PowerToolz for K2 has been running in our National Capital for some time now. I have announced a deployment in Sydney in the past and now we have it in Canberra. We are seeing more and more clients reaching out to us for getting serious productivity gains out of our PowerToolz. I am looking forward to announcing our international deployments.