The Cloud is on Fire and K2 disrupts the status quo.

The Cloud is on Fire and K2 disrupts the status quo.

K2 announced appit, a workflow app solution platform on the cloud. You can start building apps under 5 minutes as the platform is provisioned and managed by K2 for you

K2 is offering Appit at an introductory price of $500 per month for the first 100 K2 Appit users ($5 per user per month) and $2 per month for each additional user. This includes full access to Appit workflow, forms, access to line-of-business systems, reporting and mobile apps.

 

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Benefits of Workflow Test Automation

I like to automate my workflow application testing as much as I can. In particular the testing of the process flow itself is a great candidate for automation.

There are many benefits of this test automation for users, administrators, testers and app designers/developers.

Users will appreciate the quality of deployments that test automation brings. There is nothing painful like a deployment of a process change that gone wrong. Users will have to deal with the roll back and put up with a broken application.

Administrators can utilise the test scripts to monitor health of the process. They can also troubleshoot and confidently amend instances to reduce rework by users.

The key benefits for testers include reducing errors with test setup, consistent set of regression test cases, ability to compare test case performances through reporting and rapid turn around with additional test case creation due to process changes and test execution.

Developers/Designers with access to test automaton software purpose built for their workflow platform enjoy all the benefits of the previous user groups I mentioned and more. They get to use it while they are developing the application. They can use the test cases as design aid and confirm and validate process flow and changes.

Unit testing of workflows can be scripted. Reproducing process state across Dev/test/production environments can be scripted. Environment clean up can be scripted. Even the test script deployments can be scripted.

The below diagram depicts the business benefits of PowerToolz for K2, a purpose built test automation tool for K2 by jEyLaBs.

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What does modernizing business processes mean today?

Technology is something that changes all the time. As they say, The next best thing is yet to be created. Modernisation is a never ending journey. However, hitting this moving goal post is not impossible nor optional. Why?

In the real world, business processes have always been the key to organisational success. Routinely applying better technologies to revitalising core processes is a critical step towards success.

Some organisations are tired of keeping up with technology changes. Cloud could actually be a passing cloud they wish. The reality is, the constant barrage of technology is not a spike on a normally flat graph but a tsunami getting unleashed wave after wave.

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In today’s terms, modernisation means you are probably on the cloud, you are leveraging social networks/big data to some extent, you are at least mobile enabled and may be looking into gamification.

If you are not seriously looking into these technologies and applying them for optimising your business processes then soon you are going to be history.

Just like nobody thought internet and google could become well and truly part of many spoken languages, we are going to see companies that are born as cloud natives, mobile natives and social natives changing consumption of products and services dramatically. This is going to give birth to an entire vocabulary of technology derived terms that will soon form part of our daily speak.

In that world, businesses face a very different customer. This customer demands modernisation. This business environment is entirely customer driven and customer deigned. To survive and thrive in this customer controlled environment, a Business’s processes needs not only be flexible and change rapidly but also be ready to scale at global proportions.

Well it is not all bad news :) I see one good thing with the modernisation that is actually being forced upon us. The application of modernising our business processes has become easy as well. As an example, if you take the cloud, taking advantage of it is not very hard. In fact, cloud is not really an invention. It is rather an innovation on the outsourced service provider model that existed but applied on a global scale.

The other great thing about this tsunami is that each wave is inter connected. Cloud powers Social, Big data and Mobile. They all leverage each other and depend on each other. This is another reason why this tsunami will indeed reshape our business world.

The change is already happening and has been for some years.

In the recent past, Crowd sourcing helped wearable technology start ups to move from concept to successful businesses very quickly. These were unheard of only a few years ago.

If you take the Australian small to medium enterprise scene, the Accounting function of the businesses has been shaken by cloud based software offerings. MYOB, Xero and many others are battling it out in the cloud.

The tech tsunami caused many Companies and their business processes to be created and reimagined on the go. Today, Businesses have no choice but to embrace and evolve with these changes.

At jEyLaBs, we provide expert consulting services around modernizing business processes. Checkout our website and contact us for more information on how best to modernize your business processes.

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Infographic : Coping with Business process changes

When a Business Process change occurs, how ready are you to handle it well? How do you cope with this change?

Do you have the people, A change regime and technology/tools ready to support this change?

Check out this Infographic by jEyLaBs to Learn how K2 and our PowerToolz can cover you well from a technology angle.

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Join jEyLaBs and Kodak at CeBIT Sydney in May

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CeBIT, The biggest Technology event in Australia is coming to Sydney Olympic Park this May. jEyLaBs and Kodak are proud to be part of this event. Come and learn the latest of technology, trends and solutions. We are exhibiting at the BPM Vendor category and jointly showcasing our solutions.

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If you like to score a free ticket then please register at http://www.jeylabs.com/events

 

 

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How do we automate workflow application testing effectively?

Testing is an essential part of ensuring quality. Without verification of features and functions you will not know where an application is at? This testing process has to be consistent and repeatable. This is important for iterative development and change management.

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Modern apps have many moving parts. Each of these parts have many dependencies. Testing all these components and layers requires a methodical approach. Doing this testing manually creates a lot of issues. Regression testing is actually very boring and painful. Manual regression compromises quality of testing.

Automation is mandatory when it comes to regression. Automation software purpose built for your apps platform is important to ensure efficient testing and quality control.

jEyLaBs is presenting at the K2 user conference in Vegas on how we automate our testing of workflow solutions. We will be showcasing PowerToolz, our automation software for K2 which helps us with effectively automating much of the manual work around testing.

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The beauty of PowerToolz is that it is not just any other automation software. It is built for K2 using K2 APIs. We codified a lot of our techniques around best practice implementation and project delivery into this tool.

jEyLaBs is making the latest version of PowerToolz available to all K2 customers and the K2 user conference delegates will have a very special offer to license this tool. Register interest in attending our demos and qualify for this offer.

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jEyLaBs PowerToolz at K2 User Conference – WIN a ticket to attend the event

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jEyLaBs is Showcasing our PowerToolz for K2 at the first ever K2 User conference in March. Our team will be in Vegas demonstrating the latest version of the workflow testing and management tool.

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jEyLaBs is the Diamond sponsor of this event and we are looking forward to meeting the K2 user community at this action packed 2 days of K2 goodness.

There is a lot of learning and networking opportunities with the best of K2 people, K2 Insiders, Partners and customers. If you are an organisation invested in K2 do not miss this great opportunity.

Win a Ticket to Vegas event

We are giving one of our clients a ticket to attend this event so please do get in touch with us to go on the draw via empower@jeylabs.com.au

Learn more about the event at http://k2conference.com

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Mobile Capture for better input is here

I believe Mobile capture will be the default data entry mode for many a corporate applications to come and it is actually for the better.

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Why? Ever increasing sales of mobile devices and BYOD mean we are able to use our hot new mobile computing devices everywhere even when we could use a desktop device.

Face it. Latest Phablet or a tablet PC device with additional features is far more attractive than perhaps a comparatively powerful traditional desktop. We are always looking for slim, shiny, attractive devices with the latest of technology and the vendors are constantly working to quench our thirst.

This trend will change the way corporate applications are designed. Building a so called mobile app that fits into a smaller screen real estate of a device is just not enough anymore.

Apps need to work on the go, with coverage black spots, interferences and on low power modes. This will mean smart use of features like local caching, encryption, storage, GPS, camera, etc is mandatory.

There are a lot of applications available on a typical smart device. An app that is able to leverage other apps, services and any useful native capability of the device will get used more often.

Usability is a key requirement for corporations to streamline their business processes through applications.

Mobile capture as a way to efficiently gather data of all sorts is an excellent opportunity awaiting to be exploited on smart devices by corporate apps.

Think about it. A smart device automatically knows the location of the user, It can snap photos at a rapid speed, record audio & video, execute searches and allow for touch input through simple gestures and say finger printing.

It also has a number of other sensors that can record many measurements directly and through other auxiliary devices. Example would be smart watch or a wearable such as FitBit.

Using mobile capture as the default data entry mean many data input requirements will become simplified. Simplicity is a good thing especially on a device for a mobile user.

Using cameras on the device, an app could rapidly snap pictures of required evidence for a process. It can be processed on the device or in the cloud and stored away.

Draft mode data input supported by a native app means input can be captured progressively and submitted during phases instead of the traditional, fill a long form and hit submit method of data capture.

All this is changing the face of apps to come and making Mobile capture a very important consideration. We at jEyLaBs are partnering with Kodak to bring in some interesting app scenarios to enterprises. Exciting times ahead.

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jEyLaBs Video : Workflow Testing Automated

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_KXaK9qTzjY

Take a look at this video about how PowerToolz for K2 gives you an edge with Workflow application delivery

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