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Version: 15.0

New Features in ADONIS 15.0

The BOC Group is pleased to announce that the new major release ADONIS 15.0 is now available for our customers! The new commenting feature is the main highlight of this release. Collaboration in ADONIS has never been easier! Of course, ADONIS 15.0 includes a slew of other enhancements and new features, which are detailed below.

New Features for All Users

Comments

The new commenting feature replaces the collaboration component known from earlier ADONIS versions.

View Comments

When you and your colleagues create comments on a model or object, they are displayed in the Comments pane on the right side of the program window. All conversations are listed here.

Comment bubbles and Comments pane

Additionally, comments are shown in the graphical editor along with the objects they refer to. A bubble will appear next to each object in the model. The number in the bubble shows how many comments an object has bubble with number. Objects with no comments display a bubble with a plus icon inside bubble with plus sign.

Comments can be shown and hidden at any time.

Add a Comment

Add a comment to a repository object or a model as a whole in the Comments pane.

Add Comment button

Or comment on a specific modelling object directly in the graphical editor. To do this, all you have to do is click on the bubble next to the object bubble with plus sign.

Replies and Mentions

As other users respond to a comment, you will be able to see the entire conversation, with the original message at the top and replies below it.

A comment and replies

You can use @ to mention someone, and they will receive an email notification.

Mention in comment

Automatic Notifications

You will receive email notifications when you are a part of a conversation and someone posts a new reply, or when a comment is closed or reopened. You will also be notified if you are responsible for an object or model, and someone writes a comment.

Edit or Delete Comments

You can edit or delete your own comments. Additionally, if you are responsible for an object or model, you can delete comments.

Resolve Comment

When a discussion is finished, you can resolve a comment. The entire conversation will be hidden from the Comments pane, but will not be deleted.

You can switch back and forth between showing open and closed comments at any time.

Highlights of the Comment Feature
  • Comments on elements in the model and display of comments in the model

  • Mentions of colleagues in comments

  • Email notifications sent automatically

  • Resolving discussions

  • Deleting and editing (your own) comments

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For details, please refer to the section "Comments" in the User Manual.

Read & Explore: Your Own Start Model and More

Choose your own Start Model

A new highly requested feature is ready for you! ADONIS 15.0 allows you to choose your own start model for the start page of the "Read & Explore" scenario. Whether you select a specific Business Process Diagram icon Business Process Diagram, or a comprehensive Process Landscape icon Process Landscape which covers your entire organisation, or any other model, the information will be right there at your fingertips after every login.

Read & Explore start page

New Quick Access Tab

We have received feedback that, although very useful, the Recently Opened and Favourites lists on the start page of the "Read & Explore" scenario are easy to miss because they are located below the start model at the bottom of the program window.

To alleviate this problem, we have added the new Quick Access tab to the start page. This tab show both your most recently opened models and your favourite models and objects.

New Search Box

Additionally, we have put a search box at the top of the start page to help you quickly find what you're looking for.

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For details, please refer to the section The "Read & Explore" Scenario in the User Manual.

Read & Explore: Dashboards moving to Design & Document

The following dashboards have been moved from the "Read & Explore" scenario to the "Design & Document" scenario:

  • Analyst
  • Process owner
  • Initiatives
  • Risks
  • Compliance

They are located under Analyse > Dashboards:

  • The Initiatives, Risks and Compliance dashboards have been transferred unchanged.

  • The Analyst and Process Owner dashboards have been combined into the new My Processes & Assets dashboard.

Design & Document dashboards

My Processes & Assets

The new My Processes & Assets dashboard merges the best features of the previous Analyst and Process Owner dashboards.

My Processes & Assets dashboard

Multiple search and filtering options help you quickly find the element you are looking for across its three main sections:

  • Processes: Information about all Business Process Diagram icon Business Process Diagrams, Process Landscape icon Process Landscapes and Process icon Process objects for which you are responsible in tabular form. Additionally, charts show the distribution of version states for your processes and aid in process classification and analysis of improvement potentials.
  • Assets: A quick overview of your assets (= all repository objects for which you are responsible). You can evaluate the data actuality of your assets and generate reports.
  • KPIs: Find out if your Performance Indicator icon Performance Indicators are meeting their target values, as well as other quantitative details that influence the calculation of the Performance Indicators' status.
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For details, please refer to the section The "Design & Document" Scenario in the User Manual.

Additional Improvements to Existing Features

In addition to these more major changes, ADONIS 15.0 also includes numerous minor improvements, including:

Read & Explore: Accessibility Mode Available

Accessibility mode is now available in the "Read & Explore" scenario. When this mode is enabled, the textual view is set as the default model editor. All model types without a textual view configuration will be opened in the tabular editor.

Usage Analysis: References Dialogue with Reworked Filtering Options

We have reworked the filtering options in the references dialogue to make them more intuitive. Now, you can show/hide the following references:

  • Incoming references: all valid incoming references
  • Outgoing references: all valid outgoing references
  • Invalid incoming references: all broken incoming references (icon Broken reference icon)
  • Invalid outgoing references: all broken outgoing references (icon Broken reference icon)

New Features for Users of the ADONIS BPMS Application Library

Methodical Improvements in the ADONIS BPMS Library 15.0

User: Responsibility Relations Removed from Cross-Domain Model

In a Cross-Domain Model icon Cross-Domain Model, it is no longer possible to draw the following relations between User icon Users and other objects like Process icon Processes or Initiative icon Initiatives:

  • Responsible person (deputy)
  • Responsible for open question

Role: Hourly Wages Attribute Renamed to Hourly Cost

The Hourly wages attribute in the "Simulation data" Notebook chapter of Role icon Roles has been renamed to Hourly Cost to more accurately reflect its purpose. Functionally, nothing changes.

New Features for ADONIS Administrators

Configure Read & Explore Start Model

You have complete control over which model appears on the "Read & Explore scenario" start page by default in ADONIS 15.0.

Configure Read & Explore start model

Previous ADONIS versions displayed the same start model that was also displayed in the Organisation Portal. Now, you can choose a specific "Read & Explore" start model for each repository. You can also specify whether or not users can set their own start model directly on the "Read & Explore" start page.

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For details, please refer to the section "Read & Explore Scenario" in the Administration Manual.

Import Users from Excel

ADONIS 15.0 provides new tools for managing users accounts. On the Admin Page, you can download a template Excel file that contains columns for the information required to create a new user. You can capture users with this template, and then import users in bulk.

Import users from Excel

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For details, please refer to the section "Import Users from Excel" in the Administration Manual.

ADONIS Now Supports PostgreSQL

As an alternative to SQL Server and Oracle, ADONIS now supports the powerful open source database system PostgreSQL. ADONIS 15.0 is compatible with PostgreSQL 12.2 or higher.

You can create the database automatically using the tool Database Administration (adbinstws.exe) or create the database manually using pgAdmin or create the database from script.

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You can find a guide on how to create a PostgreSQL database for ADONIS in the online help (see "Creating a PostgreSQL Database").

Migration from an Earlier Version of ADONIS to ADONIS 15.0

Changes to Software Requirements

Please note the following changes to the software requirements for running ADONIS NP when migrating from previous versions:

  • Java Logging: Switch to Logback from Log4j

Due the recent well-documented security issues related to the usage of older versions of the log4j Java logging library, BOC Group has decided to switch to the alternative Java logging framework logback (https://logback.qos.ch/) in ADONIS 14.1 or higher. A new standard logging configuration is delivered with the product. Custom logging configurations need to be migrated.

Migration from ADONIS 14.0/14.1 to ADONIS 15.0

If you upgrade from ADONIS 14.0/14.1 to ADONIS 15.0, you do not have to create a new database and import a migration package if you are using the ADONIS BPMS Application Library.

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This approach is also valid if you are using an ADONIS BPMS Application Library with changes in the metamodel or functional extensions or another specific library. Please contact your ADONIS consultant to clarify if a new version of your application library is required before you proceed.

Prerequisites

  • You will need the installation package for a successful and complete migration.
  • Before you start the migration, we strongly recommend creating a backup of the database.

Migration

The migration consists of the following steps:

  1. Stop the ADONIS 14.0/14.1 application server and the Apache Tomcat web server.

  2. Export the library-specific component settings.

  3. Back up comments and deployment-specific configuration settings.

  4. Install ADONIS 15.0 according to the ADONIS 15.0 Installation Manual:

    a. Install the rich client for use as an application server and for using the Administration Toolkit.

    b. Install the web client to host ADONIS 15.0 as a web application.

  5. Start the ADONIS 15.0 Administration Toolkit and log in to the ADONIS database.

  6. Update the application library:

    • If you are using the ADONIS BPMS Application Library: Databases created with ADONIS 14.0/14.1 can still be used with ADONIS 15.0. However, you will not have access to improvements in the ADONIS BPMS Application Library. (Optionally) Update the library in the ADONIS database. A new version of the ADONIS BPMS Application Library can be found in the folder "04 Sample Data\Library" in the installation package.
    • If you are using an ADONIS BPMS Application Library with changes in the metamodel: Databases created with ADONIS 14.0/14.1 can still be used with ADONIS 15.0. However, you will not have access to improvements in the ADONIS BPMS Application Library. (Optionally) Contact your ADONIS consultant to upgrade your application library.
    • If you are using an ADONIS BPMS Application Library with functional extensions or another specific library: Please contact your ADONIS consultant to clarify if a new version of your specific library is required before you proceed. Update the library in the ADONIS NP database if you received a new library file.
  7. (Optionally) Import the library-specific component settings if you updated the application library.

  8. Migrate comments and deployment-specific configuration settings.

  9. Start the ADONIS 15.0 application server and the Apache Tomcat web server. If ADONIS 15.0 is working properly, you can uninstall ADONIS 14.0/14.1.

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For further information and details on the above steps, please refer to the Installation Manual and to the sections "Make a Manual Backup", "Restore a Manual Backup" and "Update Library" in the Administration Manual.

From ADONIS 15.0, comments are stored in the database.

Migration from ADONIS 13.0 to ADONIS 15.0

If you upgrade from ADONIS 13.0 to ADONIS 15.0, you do not have to create a new database and import a migration package if you are using the ADONIS BPMS Application Library.

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This approach is also valid if you are using an ADONIS BPMS Application Library with changes in the metamodel or functional extensions or another specific library. Please contact your ADONIS consultant to clarify if a new version of your application library is required before you proceed.

Prerequisites

  • You will need the installation package for a successful and complete migration.
  • Before you start the migration, we strongly recommend creating a backup of the database.

Migration

The migration consists of the following steps:

  1. Stop the ADONIS 13.0 application server and the Apache Tomcat web server.

  2. Export the library-specific component settings.

  3. Back up comments and deployment-specific configuration settings.

  4. Install ADONIS 15.0 according to the ADONIS 15.0 Installation Manual:

    a. Install the rich client for use as an application server and for using the Administration Toolkit.

    b. Install the web client to host ADONIS 15.0 as a web application.

  5. Start the ADONIS 15.0 Administration Toolkit and log in to the ADONIS database.

  6. Update the application library:

    • If you are using the ADONIS BPMS Application Library: Databases created with ADONIS 13.0 can still be used with ADONIS 15.0. However, you will not have access to improvements in the ADONIS BPMS Application Library. (Optionally) Update the library in the ADONIS database. A new version of the ADONIS BPMS Application Library can be found in the folder "04 Sample Data\Library" in the installation package.
    • If you are using an ADONIS BPMS Application Library with changes in the metamodel: Databases created with ADONIS 13.0 can still be used with ADONIS 15.0. However, you will not have access to improvements in the ADONIS BPMS Application Library. (Optionally) Contact your ADONIS consultant to upgrade your application library.
    • If you are using an ADONIS BPMS Application Library with functional extensions or another specific library: Please contact your ADONIS consultant to clarify if a new version of your specific library is required before you proceed. Update the library in the ADONIS NP database if you received a new library file.
  7. (Optionally) Import the library-specific component settings if you updated the application library.

  8. Migrate comments and deployment-specific configuration settings.

  9. Are you using the ADONIS BPMS Application Library? If yes, in the ADONIS 15.0 Administration Toolkit, execute the script 14.0 - repo.js (menu Settings -- Execute JavaScript file). The respective file can be found in the folder "05 Migration" on the installation medium. For details on this script, see Executing the Script "14.0 - repo.js".

  10. Start the ADONIS 15.0 application server and the Apache Tomcat web server. If ADONIS 15.0 is working properly, you can uninstall ADONIS 13.0.

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For further information and details on the above steps, please refer to the Installation Manual and to the sections "Make a Manual Backup", "Restore a Manual Backup" and "Update Library" in the Administration Manual.

From ADONIS 15.0, comments are stored in the database.

Migration from All Other Versions to ADONIS 15.0

If you are using ADONIS 12.0 or earlier versions, the migration to ADONIS 15.0 requires support by BOC.

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For details on the necessary steps to migrate your version of ADONIS to ADONIS 15.0, please contact your ADONIS consultant.

How to Install a Hotfix for ADONIS 15.0

Hotfixes resolve software errors and security issues. Please note that the most current hotfix always includes the modifications of previous hotfixes. Only the latest hotfix has to be installed to get all fixes.

If you install a hotfix for ADONIS 15.0, you do not have to create a new database and import a migration package.

Downloading a Hotfix

  • In the majority of cases, you are notified of hotfixes by your ADONIS consultant.

  • The version format of a hotfix is 15.0.x (for example: 15.0.1 or 15.0.2).

  • Download the hotfix from the BOC website (your ADONIS consultant will email you a link).

  • The installation utilizes a full, standalone release package.

Installing a Hotfix

Installing a hotfix consists of the following steps:

  1. Stop the ADONIS 15.0 application server and the Apache Tomcat web server.

  2. Backup deployment-specific configuration settings.

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In earlier versions of ADONIS, you also had to back up the comments at this point. The reason: This data was stored on the Apache Tomcat web server and had to be migrated separately. As of ADONIS 15.0, this step is no longer necessary. The comments are now stored in the database and a hotfix installation will continue to use the existing database.

  1. Install ADONIS 15.0.x according to the ADONIS 15.0 Installation Manual:

    a. Install the rich client for use as an application server and for using the Administration Toolkit.

    b. Install the web client to host ADONIS 15.0.x as a web application.

  2. Migrate comments and deployment-specific configuration settings.

  3. Start the ADONIS 15.0.x application server and the Apache Tomcat web server. If ADONIS 15.0.x is working properly, you can uninstall ADONIS 15.0.

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For further information and details on the above steps, please refer to the Installation Manual and to the sections "Make a Manual Backup" and "Restore a Manual15.0 Backup" in the Administration Manual.

Update Scripts

Executing the Script "14.0 - repo.js"

This script updates the repository. The following changes are made:

  • Note icon Note

Enables the option Use legacy formatting options for all Note icon Notes that have been migrated to ADONIS 14.0 or higher. This will ensure that all models containing Note icon Notes will look as they did before.

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Newly created Note icon Notes use the new and improved formatting options in ADONIS 14.0 or higher. To also use the improved formatting options for migrated Note icon Notes, Use legacy formatting options needs to be turned off (in the Notebook chapter "General" in the group "Legacy formatting options").

  • Relation Referenced by Products

For all Business Process Diagram icon Business Process Diagrams, this script converts Referenced products relations into Referenced by products relations.