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After a hard day of work, it feels good to relax, sitting in the evening sun, lean back, having a glass of cold beer…

Yesterday, I met with some friends of mine in a lovely beer garden at the Saar river. To my own surprise, I found a recent development snapshot of the upcoming ARIS Express release lying around ;-)

Well, I could be now a millionaire by selling the prototype to a big IT news site , but instead I thought you would love to see some screenshots of the upcoming features.

Here we go! Here comes my exclusive ARIS Express 2.1 review!

  1. Better link support

    Currently, you can link each object with an external file or resource. This might be a URL or just the path to a local file. Most often, the complete path is not what you really want to show in the model.

    Therefore, in addition to the link itself, you might want to have a title describing the semantics representing the link, showing that information in the model instead of the link.

    The new ARIS Express release seems to have a new dialog to maintain a title for each link.

    Here my screenshot:

    So you just maintain the title in addition to the link to give your models a better look. It is good to see that such “productivity” features are now added to ARIS Express, because it clearly shows that it is a product used by many people on a daily basis.

  2. User support: presenting new possibilities and “real time support”

    Do you know SmartDesign? No? Well check out this post on SmartDesign . The professional products such as ARIS Business Architect and Designer also got SmartDesign. It seems not enough users were aware of this cool feature. In the upcoming release, you get informed about the availability of such modeling support.

    See my screenshot:

    After a certain time, this “balloon” vanishes. You can switch those notifications off or on again. I think this is a really nice move, because you get to know some of the advanced concepts of the tool.

  3. BPMN modeling support

    BPMN is a very powerful modeling notation and therefore requires some user support. It seems the new ARIS Express version comes with improved BPMN 2 handling.

    For example, I noticed improvements while working with pools. The screenshot below shows rotated pool and lane names. Nice! Also, handling of vertical pools seems much smoother now.

    Adding a new lane to a pool was also improved. In the past, it took some click acrobatic. Now, there is a context menu letting you easily add new lanes.

    Here my screenshot while right-clicking on a BPMN lane:

    I had no chance to do a comprehensive test of the BPMN modeling functionality while being in the beer garden, but I’m sure there are other improvements, too.

  4. Methodology: “Location” and “Process Interface”

    Oh, I guess people will love this.

    There is a long discussion going on about the meaning of process interfaces in EPC models and it seems this process interface got many friends. The ARIS Express heads always argued that the process interface is just too complicated to understand and therefore not available in ARIS Express, but it seems they are now giving up on this point.

    At least I was able to add a process interface to an EPC model in the ARIS Express development snapshot I found.

    It is great to see that they incorporate such user requests.

    I also noticed a new object in organizational charts. You can now add locations to your organizational structure. This comes in handy. For example, it allows you to show where certain groups of people are physically located. You can also use the new symbol in EPCs.

Ok, that was my first review of the next release of ARIS Express.

I will let you know if I discover additional new things, because I guess there are more new features, which I haven’t noticed yet. Also, I can’t tell you at the moment, when the new release will be available. But I guess it won’t take that long, because the snapshot I found was already running very stable ;-)



by Sebastian Stein
Posted on Tue, 05/04/2010 - 21:23

Hehe, I love this kind of humor :-) There are still people thinking that it was not a marketing move by Apple to loose the iPhone prototype...

by Donald Dillon
Posted on Tue, 05/04/2010 - 22:45

Glad to see the Process interface symbol and the link attribute update, very important changes that will make a big difference.



by Justin Stirling
Posted on Wed, 05/05/2010 - 10:04

Very amusing Frank ..... and some good new features too.

I look forward to using 2.1 soon.

Regards, Justin.

by Roland Woldt
Posted on Wed, 05/05/2010 - 19:06

 *sigh* and I am happy that it improved from the pre-alpha version that I saw here in Virginia a couple of weeks ago - and no, I don't mean the Kindle ;-)


by Frank Weyand Author
Posted on Fri, 05/07/2010 - 09:19

Hi Roland.

This is our fallback package :-)



by Thomas David
Posted on Fri, 05/07/2010 - 15:54

Hi Frank,

you´re wrong: What Roland uses is the "ARIS Green Edition" with zero emmission, never running out of power and very sustainable. I have this too and it works perfect without any updates.


by Roland Woldt
Posted on Fri, 05/07/2010 - 16:14

Thom is right and - I tried it - with a regular Sharpie it also works on iPad without any migration effort. It was a little clumsy on iPod/iPhone though ... for some reasons I was reluctant to try the use on my Kindle.

by Anshuman Awad
Posted on Tue, 07/13/2010 - 16:56



I am bowled over by the smart design video!! It looks awesome. But will it take care of updating all the attributes of the objects or for doing that we still have to select each object using mouse and type in manually?

by Frank Weyand Author
Posted on Tue, 07/13/2010 - 20:11

Hi Anshuman,

currently, you can edit only the name attribute of the objects. But within the SmartDesign, you do not need to use the mouse at all.

For other attributes, yes, you need to select them one by one. In our high-end tools Business Architect and Designer, you got the attribute editor, which allows you to edit attributes of as many objects, models and connections as you wish.




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