Long term K2 partners join forces to deliver Customer Success in the US

Long term partners join forces to deliver K2 Five Success to US customers.

jeylabs, a global technology provider for K2 since 2009 and Method Automation Services, a USA based leading K2 Services Partner since 2011, have signed a teaming agreement to deliver “K2 Five Success” to enterprises.

jeylabs and Method Automation Services will work closely to assist organizations to adopt the latest version of the K2 low code platform.

Method Automation Services will be deploying jeylabs PowerToolz suite to all its K2 customer environments delivering consistent, best-practices based Analysis, Conversion and Test Automation capabilities.

By leveraging Method Automation’s large team of highly skilled and experienced K2 consultants, jeylabs will be able to provide high-quality local support to its market-leading tools in the US.

 

Method Automation and jeylabs both aim to help the success of K2 Five adoption by over 500 of K2’s enterprise customers who are anticipated to be upgrading to K2 Five 5.x in the next 12 months.

paul kPaul Konieczny, CEO of Method Automation said: “Method Automation Services is thrilled to be in partnership with jeylabs and share their commitment to customer success on the K2 Five platform.”

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Jey Srikantha, CEO of jeylabs said: “This partnership is paving the way for K2 customers to ensure smooth upgrades of their environments to K2 Five.”

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K2 Five 5.2 is out!

K2 has released K2 Five 5.2, with a focus on making it even easier to build business solutions. Many new features have been added to every part of the K2 platform.

Special Notice to all Australia & New Zealand based K2 Customers.

Are you worried about having to carry the burden of this upgrade on your shoulders? Don’t worry. PowerToolz is here to help you. You can save on expensive consulting fees, avoid the pain of manual conversion and reduce the risk of things breaking after the upgrade.

We are offering a free upgrade assessment and special pricing on PowerToolz for K2 customers based in Australia and New Zealand. Contact us for a fixed price upgrade to K2 Five 5.2 (Offer ends 30 March 2019).

Also, take a look at our globally available K2 Assistance packages.

K2’s recent partnership with UiPath brings a new integration option to K2 with this release allowing customers to kick off Robotic Automation actions in UiPath from K2.

You can Download K2 Five 5.2 from the customer portal now.

jeylabs will be releasing updated versions of our
PowerToolz suite to fully support K2 Five 5.2 shortly.

PowerToolz 5.2 has been released with full support for K2 Five 5.2. PowerToolz Express will follow suit.

Here is a list of newly added K2 Five 5.2 features caught our attention:

K2 Designer
Save Form as a Draft
: When working with forms on your mobile device, you may need to save your work as a draft to resume later or work on the form while you’re are offline. A new SmartForm event, called Submit, allows you to submit instead of saving a form. When submitted, the form goes to the Outbox.
Server side rule execution: Use server-side rules in SmartForms to improve the performance and experience on load. Additional actions and conditions are available in the server-side rule execution.

K2 Workflow Designer
Conditional Start Rule
: This rule allows you to specify conditions under which K2 workflows are started. You’re able to create simple or complex rules to determine whether or not the workflow should start. When using a conditional start, if the conditions aren’t met, the workflow instance is not created and the workflow doesn’t run. This allows you to approach workflow design in a new way. Instead of having a workflow with the complicated logic that determines which path to take, or which sub-workflow to call, you can simply add a condition at the beginning of the workflow that only runs when the start conditions are met. For example, you want a workflow to start on the initial check-in of a SharePoint document and not on subsequent check-ins, and configuring a conditional start rule is the perfect solution.
Warning Badge on Start Step: The latest SmartAssist functionality prevents you from accidentally deploying a workflow when there is no form or event configured to start it.
Call Sub Workflow: Often a single item of work results in multiple tasks, for example, when an order request requires each line item to go through a separate review process before the order can be approved. This is now possible by starting multiple workflows from a parent workflow, where you can configure the parent workflow to wait for the sub workflows to complete before continuing, or you can set the parent workflow to continue after starting the sub workflows.

Workspace
Application Forms: 
previously, you needed to mark a form as an Application Form and store the form in the Apps category for it to appear in the My Forms section in K2 Workspace. Now you only need to flag the form as an Application Form for it to appear in K2 Workspace.

K2 Management
Runaway Workflows: 
You can create a workflow policy in K2 Management to prevent workflows from starting a loop or recursively starting themselves in an uncontrolled manner, preventing performance degradation or system outages.
View Flow – click to reports: provides deeper visibility into processes with the View Flow click to reports enhancement. In the ViewFlow you can click a step which opens detailed reporting of that step in a new browser tab

K2 Package & Deployment
Deployment Validation: 
When deploying SharePoint packages to another SharePoint list, library, or site, in the past you had to ensure that your list and libraries were identical. If they differed slightly by having, for example, an additional column, you could not deploy. This caused issues when deploying to lists or libraries containing additional columns/properties (sometimes even hidden), compared to the source list or library. The validation check on deployment is now less strict, making it possible to deploy K2 packages between environments. You can now deploy solutions to a list or library with more properties than the source list, but keep in mind that any extra columns in the target SharePoint list or library are ignored when the columns used by the solution are found.

Deployment Logging: Deployment logging helps to troubleshoot or track K2 packages that have been deployed into an environment. This feature provides summaries of deployed packages and displays information such as the deployment date, status, duration and whether the package was analysed or not.

jeylabs Team was in Bangkok recently showcasing our PowerToolz for K2 suite of products to K2 customers and partners. We are excited about the K2 Five 5.2 release and our tooling is here to help you move to K2 Five with confidence and ease.

Whether you are looking to setup automated regression test suites to ensure that your critical business apps continue to work as intended or you need help with converting workflows to the new K2 Five format or to You want to understand what your K2 environment actually looks like, our suite of tools are tailor made to help you just do that and achieve more from your K2 investments.

Our products are backed by our K2 centres of excellence. Check out our K2 assistance packages and reach out to us if you need any help at all with your K2 environment.

PowerToolz 5 is coming!

We have been busy working at jeylabs on the next version of our flagship PowerToolz for K2 product.

Given the upcoming K2 Five release, this is a very exciting time for us. K2 Five is a revolutionary product that brings amazing feature sets and choices to help you automate your forms and business processes.

We want to bring the next version of PowerToolz fast for the benefit of all K2 customers out there.

With the release of PowerToolz 5, we will provide full automation support for testing, troubleshooting, administering and migrating your K2 applications to K2 Five.

Regression testing is important when you update your K2 software. It is important to have a suite of Test scripts to quickly run and confirm the upgrade and even validate performance improvements and enhancements. PowerToolz is the best tool for this.

We will also have some features in PowerToolz 5 to assist existing K2 4.7 users move to K2 Five fast. One of these features will allow for K2 4.7 workflow definitions to be converted to K2 Five easily and automatically so that you can use the new and improved K2 Five process designer to maintain these workflow process maps.

This feature set will save you tons of time, reduce any mundane manual workflow conversion steps, associated change management risks and costs.

The good news is, jeylabs is already working to release PowerToolz 5.

We are very excited about K2 Five and can’t wait to share with you what we have built with it in PowerToolz 5.

Please check out Test & Admin Automation capabilities you can leverage with PowerToolz for K2 at http://powertoolz.com.au. This is a great time to evaluate PowerToolz and to get your regression test cases in order.

We also have special assistance packages available for you at https://jeylabs.com/services/coe/K2-Assist. If you need any assistance please reach out to us via powertoolz@jeylabs.com.au

How to get the best of K2 fast?

Great news for the K2 customers around the world. You have a new K2 version that is revolutionary and bringing many great features and choices unlike before. We are very excited.

The important question is what are you going to do about it?

Are you going to upgrade to K2 Five? Will you be looking at K2 Cloud? Or both? When? How?

When moving to the latest of K2, there are many important things to consider. Educate yourself on the benefits and the process of upgrading. Knowledge is power.

You will want a speedy and smooth move to K2 Five or K2 Cloud. You want to leverage the best of K2 cost efficiently, won’t you?

jEyLaBs is one of the 10 or so global technology alliance partners of K2. We have invested heavily on leveraging K2 technology over a number of K2 versions over the many years.

We have produced tooling to assist with Test automation, Migration, Administration, monitoring and troubleshooting of K2.

As a result, We have acquired deep and wide experience migrating and upgrading applications, data and users on K2.

Whether it involves File server drives, Lotus Notes, SQL, multi-forest ADs, SharePoint, ASP.NET, windows apps, Infopath, K2.Net 2003, blackpoint or blackpearl, we have been there assisting customers and partners succeed.

We are here to help.

Please Join us for a webinar and accelerate your K2 Five success.

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/rt/2067107534564694786

5 Tips to Accelerating Success with K2 Projects

5 Tips to Accelerate K2 Project Success

At jEyLaBs, our daily routine mainly involves project delivery. We work on projects that apply technology such as K2 to solve serious business problems. This typically involves building apps to remove business process bottlenecks, reduce paper use, provide new ways to conduct business transactions and support executives to make precise business decisions.

Our projects have no choice but to succeed and increasingly the pressure is on us to help our customers succeed fast.

We have employed various techniques to help our K2 project delivery and perfected them over time. We dropped some outdated practices, we tuned many of the traditional software engineering practices to suit our needs and also created some drastically different ways of doing things.

I am very excited to share the following tips with you from our K2 project delivery play book. I am sure these will help your projects succeed.

Tip 1: Consistently apply an Agile approach

Agile is a given. But, of all the organisations employing an agile approach IT project delivery, only a small percentage actually do it right and do it consistently. Continue reading “5 Tips to Accelerating Success with K2 Projects”

The Importance of Updating Enterprise Software

At jEyLaBs, we strongly feel that the update and upgrade cycles are essential to see the best performance and optimal user experience of your software platform investments.

Typically, when an update or full upgrade is applied, the following are addressed:

Security Vulnerabilities
First and foremost, updates will keep you safe from known security holes, not always in the product but maybe in the frameworks utilised or the Server operating system that the software runs on.

Better Functionality
Updating your software will frequently provide enhanced capabilities, improved user experience and improvements to the underlying architecture of the software bringing improvements in the efficiency of OS resource usage and consequently improvements in speed and response times.

Squashing Bugs
When you begin using a brand-new installation of a piece of software, you gain the highest level of functionality available at that time. As the vendor continues the development of the software and users ask for more enhancements or uncover “undocumented features”, the validity of updates and upgrades come into play, fixing bugs, enhancing features and providing more efficient software.

At jEyLaBs, we work with K2 a lot.  It is important that the K2 update and upgrade cycles are reviewed with a keen eye. It is essential to get the best performance and optimal user experience from your K2 financial outlays.

Over the weekend you would have recieved a notification from K2, “Customer Bulletin: Code Fix Support End Date Information”. This reminds us the importance of keeping our software platforms up to date.

The latest version of K2 blackpearl and Smartforms – K2 4.7 – has a considerable number of enhancements and reasons for tou to upgrade, some of which we’ve listed below:

  1. SmartForms Application Lifecycle Management improvements, including the ability to identify and address any dependency issues in the designer
  2. SmartForms client event enhancements and Many new and enhanced controls
  3. Package by Reference in P&D tool and New Workspace
  4. K2 4.7, the upgrade mandates a consolidated K2 database.
  5. As per K2 policy, K2 4.5 is now no longer supported.
  6. Database consolidation is now a mandatory requirement.
  7. Support for K2 4.6.10 will cease in June 2017.
  8. Support for K2 4.6.11 will cease in September 2017.
  9. K2 has moved to a new Cumulative update strategy for K2 4.7 patches
  10. K2 is dropping support for older operating systems, databases, frameworks, etc. The installer will not allow you to install K2 4.7 unless you are on a supported OS, .NET framework and using a recent SQL server release.

The following are some key links for you to review:

  1. K2 4.7 Release Notes
  2. K2 4.7 Support Matrix
  3. K2 4.7 Third Party Support

We are able to offer you some incredible offers to assist with keeping your K2 up to date. Contact us via k2update@jeylabs.com for more information.

K2 SmartForms 1.0.4 released

K2 just released an update to SmartForms with new features and enhancements.

· Control enhancements – Enhancements including support for date and time selection in the Calendar Control Picker and improved Control binding capabilities.

· Rules enhancements – Updates to existing rule actions including the Navigate to URL and Show Message actions as well as new rule search functionality.

· Designer enhancements – Improvements to the design experience including SmartObject binding enhancements, View settings enhancements and List View filter and search capabilities.

Check out the release notes and download the update here: K2 SmartForms 1.0.4