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Version: 16.0 (Preview)

New Features in ADONIS 16.0

The BOC Group is excited to announce the release of ADONIS 16.0, the latest version of our powerful BPM suite. This release brings many exciting new features and enhancements, including the Recommender Service that provides model suggestions, and a brand new administration which offers a sleek and intuitive interface for managing your ADONIS installation. Read on to learn more about what's new in ADONIS 16.0!

New Features for All Users

Model Recommendations

Our new recommender service is designed to enhance your ADONIS experience by suggesting models to you, similar to how you get suggestions on what other customers also found interesting when looking at articles in popular online shops.

This feature is available in the "Read & Explore" scenario, making it easier for you to discover relevant models. We hope you enjoy this new addition to ADONIS and look forward to hearing your feedback!

Model recommendations

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The Recommender Service is only available in the ADONIS Enterprise Edition. Your ADONIS administrator can enable the recommender service per repository.

The Recommender Service for ADONIS is a microservice deployed within the AWS Cloud (eu-central-1). For information about privacy and data usage, please refer to the section "Recommender Service" in the Admin Page Help.

Thumbnail View for Models on Start Page

ADONIS now shows thumbnails of your most recently opened models and your favourite models and objects on the start page of the "Design & Document" scenario, as well as on the Quick Access tab in the "Read & Explore" scenario.

Prefer the list view? No problem. You can easily switch between the two layouts using the Show list icon Show list icon and Show tiles icon Show tiles icons.

Model thumbnails

Improved "New" Area

The New icon New area has been enhanced to provide even better guidance. Now, elements in the recommendations list display additional information, offering insights into their purpose. Furthermore, the icon sizes have been adjusted for clearer visual comprehension.

New area

Create Chart Templates

Ever wished you could save a chart configuration to use again and again? Now you can!

With admin privileges, you can save your chart configurations as templates. This feature not only allows you to reuse your configurations, but also to make them available for others. You can also perform administrative tasks, such as renaming or deleting both user-created and predefined templates.

Manage templates

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

BPMN DI: Bulk Import Multiple Models at Once

In addition to single BPMN Diagram Interchange (BPMN DI) files, you can now also select ZIP files containing multiple BPMN files for import. Note that for ZIP files, only files located directly within the archive will be processed; any files within subfolders will be ignored.

Import BPMN DI file

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For details, please refer to the section "Import/Export BPMN DI Files" in the User Manual.

ADONIS Now Supports Italian

ADONIS now supports Italian, making it the sixth supported UI language alongside English, French, German, Polish, and Spanish. Benvenuti!

Additional Improvements to Existing Features

In addition to these more major changes, ADONIS 16.0 also includes numerous minor improvements, including:

All Scenarios: Accessibility Mode Now Available

Previously limited to the Organisation Portal and the "Read & Explore" scenario (since ADONIS 15.0), accessibility mode is now available in the "Design & Document" and "Control & Release" scenarios as well. This enhancement enables users with impairments to utilise ADONIS more effectively. Enabling this mode applies focus indicators to interactive elements and opens models in the textual view or tabular editor by default, instead of the graphical editor.

Control & Release: Click Numbers to Filter List

Have you ever tried clicking on those big numbers within the "Processes" dashboard? Now you can! Simply click on them to effortlessly filter processes by state.

Numbers within the Processes dashboard

Never Accidentally Close a Model Instead of the Right-side Pane Again!

Due to widespread feedback, we've introduced an X button for closing the right-side pane.

Right-side pane

Share Older Versions of Models or Objects

Previously, when using a release workflow, URLs generated for models or objects would automatically direct to the latest released version, regardless of the version you were currently viewing. This created issues when you were actually trying to share an older version.

To address this, you can now decide whether the created link should forward to the latest version or not.

Share dialog

Explorer: Collapse Selected Groups

Select "Collapse selected" to collapse a group along with all its subgroups. This is useful as a reset, clearing any previous expansions made on subgroups. When you expand the parent group again, only the immediate level will open, as if the group had never been expanded before.

Collapse selected command

Saved Query: Name Displayed Above the Search Results

When you execute a saved query, the name of the query is now displayed above the search results.

My BPM Dashboard Restructured for Better Performance

To increase performance in case of very large datasets, the "My BPM" dashboard in the "Read & Explore" scenario is now organised into different tabs.

Generate Images in JPEG Format

You now have more flexibility in choosing the image format that best suits your needs when exporting models in the graphical editor as graphic files. In addition to generating images in PNG or SVG format, ADONIS now also supports generating JPEG files.

Generate images in JPEG format

Dock/Undock Notebook is Making a Comeback

Due to popular demand, the dock/undock option is making a comeback in ADONIS 16.0. This feature was originally removed during the huge user interface redesign in ADONIS NP 11.0. However, we received feedback from our users that they missed the convenience of being able to easily compare attribute values between two objects side by side. We listened to your feedback and are bringing back this feature.

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Some users have had access to this convenient feature for a while now: it was also integrated into the hotfixes ADONIS 14.1.9 and ADONIS 15.0.4.

For details, please refer to the section "Dock/Undock Notebook" in the User Manual.

New Features for Users of the ADONIS BPMS Application Library

Strategy and Performance Management

With ADONIS 16, dive deeper into strategic business process management by documenting your strategic and operational Goal icon Goals and grouping them under Topic icon Topics. These new object types in the metamodel expand your capacity to capture the strategic layer of your organisation's operations.

You can define your organisation's Goal icon Goals, organise them hierarchically, and link them to your Performance Indicator icon Performance Indicators and many other object assets such as Application icon Applications and Process icon Processes. Plus, enjoy enhanced flexibility as Performance Indicator icon Performance Indicators can now be assigned to almost all repository objects. And to help you keep track at all times, all referenced Goal icon Goals and Performance Indicator icon Performance Indicators are listed in the Notebooks of the linked objects in the new "Performance indicators/Goals" chapter.

Goals and Topics

Business Continuity Management (BCM)

Incorporating Business Continuity Management (BCM) at the process level, we have extended the attribute set of Process icon Process objects. It now enables the classification of processes in terms of:

  • BCM relevance

  • Maximum tolerable downtime (MTD)

  • Recovery time objective (RTO)

  • Recovery point objective (RPO)

You can find these new attributes in the Notebook chapter "BCM".

BCM chapter

Once you have documented MTD, RTO and RPO, you can perform graphical analyses on your Process icon Processes using several new chart templates ("BCM: ...") for bar, box-in-box, and bubble charts.

This extension empowers you to comprehensively document and analyse your process portfolio within the context of BCM methodologies.

Furthermore, these improvements to the BPMS Best-Practice method in ADONIS not only enhance BPM visibility within organisations but also facilitate seamless integration with products like ADOGRC and ADOIT, as well as modules such as ADONIS Data Protection Extension and ADONIS Strategy & Performance Management. Ultimately, this initiative aims to provide consolidated, actionable insights while streamlining processes for stakeholders across the board.

Data Protection

Another important extension of the metamodel allows you to document your data processing activities as defined by the GDPR. The new object type Processing Activity icon Processing Activity helps with this purpose.

Processing Activity relationships

In addition, we have extended the following object types with the new Notebook chapter "Data protection" which holds GDPR-relevant properties:

  • Organisational Unit icon Organisational Unit
  • Process icon Process
  • Application icon Application
  • Application Interface icon Application Interface
  • Role icon Role
  • External Partner icon External Partner
  • Entity icon Entity

Finally, a number of new predefined chart templates ("Data Protection: ...") for Gantt and matrix charts and the Dependency Modeller help you analyse the documented Processing Activity icon Processing Activities.

With these extensions, you can now document the activities in which sensitive data is used, document reasons and scope as prescribed in the regulation and have your processes audit ready within just one click.

Additional Methodical Improvements

Document: More Information on Usage

The Notebook of Document icon Documents now makes it easier to search for information on their use:

  • The chapter Input/Output analysis is now called Document usage.

  • In this chapter, the relation Referenced documents is now displayed as an incoming relation.

  • This relation was previously only available as an outgoing relation in the Notebooks of the objects that use a Document icon Document.

  • In the Notebook of Document icon Documents, you will find it as Referenced document at Activities (for Task icon Tasks) or Referenced document at Assets (for all other objects).

Incoming relation: Referenced documents

Role: Visualisation of the Incoming Relation "Has Sub-Function"

Role icon Roles can be linked through the Has sub-function relation, enhancing the visibility and understanding of role hierarchies.

  • Initially, this relation was only visible as an outgoing relation from the referencing Role icon Role.

  • Now, it also appears as an incoming relation Sub-function of at the referenced Role icon Role,

This simplifies the process of identifying which other Role icon Roles are dependent on a specific Role icon Role.

Incoming relation: Has sub-function

Even More Incoming Relations Shown

To enable drill-downs and searches, even more incoming relations are now shown in the Notebooks of key BPM assets:

  • Business Process Diagram icon Business Process Diagram > Assigned risks > Risk icon Risk: The relation Assigned risks in the Notebook of Business Process Diagram icon Business Process Diagrams allows assigning Risk icon Risks to processes. This relation is now also shown as an incoming relation Affected business processes in the Notebook of Risk icon Risks (in the chapter "Assets").
  • Intermediate Event boundary icon Intermediate Event (boundary) > Attached to > Task icon Task: Previously only shown as an outgoing relation in the Notebook of the Intermediate Event boundary icon Intermediate Event (boundary), this relation is now also shown as an incoming relation Attached intermediate events in the Notebook of Task icon Tasks (in the chapter "Object properties").
  • Process > Referenced application/IT system element > Application: The relation Referenced application/IT system element can be used to reference Application icon Applications, Application Service icon Application Services and Node icon Nodes from Business Process Diagram icon Business Process Diagrams, Pool icon Pools, Lane icon Lanes and Task icon Tasks. This relation is now also shown as an incoming relation on the application side in the Notebook chapter "Products/Processes", separated into Supported business process diagrams, Supported pools/lanes and Supported tasks.

Connect Business Process Diagrams sequentially

To further refine our end-to-end process modelling capabilities, we're introducing the ability to connect Business Process Diagram icon Business Process Diagrams sequentially. This enhancement introduces two new relations to support this functionality:

  • Use the Preceding processes relation within the Notebooks of Start Event icon Start Events to establish connections to processes that precede the current one. You'll find this relation in the "General information" chapter.

  • For processes that occur after the current one, employ use the Succeeding processes relation in the Notebooks of End Event icon End Events. This relation is also located in the "General information" chapter.

These new relations are visually represented through small pictograms directly within the Business Process Diagram icon Business Process Diagrams.

Preceding and succeeding processes

Find assigned Performance Indicators Easier

Until now, identifying objects with Performance Indicator icon Performance Indicators relied on accessing the Notebooks of the corresponding Performance Indicator icon Performance Indicators, where the incoming relation Assigned to assets in the chapter "Usage" shows this information.

To make it easier to search for objects which use Performance Indicator icon Performance Indicators, this relation is now also displayed in the Notebooks of the assets as the outgoing relation Performance Indicators. You can either find it either in the "Performance indicators" or "Performance indicators/Goals" chapters.

Relation Direction between Products and Processes Changed

The relation direction between products and processes has been reversed, placing the process in control of the relations between them. The following changes have been made:

  • In the Notebooks of Product icon Products and Product Component icon Product Components, the outgoing relations Referenced business process/process landscape and Referenced process have been removed from the "References" chapter. They have been replaced by the new incoming relations Referenced by business process/process landscape and Referenced by process.
  • Mirroring this change, in the Notebooks of Process icon Processes and Business Process Diagram icon Business Process Diagrams, the incoming relation Referenced by products in the "Systems/Products" chapter has been removed and replaced by the new outgoing relation Referenced products.

This change improves revision safety in case the model release workflow is in use (the relation cannot be changed anymore when the process is write-protected). Additionally, it enables the synchronisation of these properties between a Process icon Process and a Business Process Diagram icon Business Process Diagram.

Open Questions Attribute Consolidated

Previously, the Open questions attribute could be found in two different Notebook chapters depending on the type of object you were looking at: In the "Continuous improvement" chapter for Task icon Tasks and Start Event icon Start Events, and in the "Changes" chapter for End Event icon End Events, Exclusive Gateway icon Exclusive Gateways and Non-exclusive Gateway icon Non-exclusive Gateways.

For consistency, we have now moved the attribute to the "Continuous improvement" chapter for End Event icon End Events, Exclusive Gateway icon Exclusive Gateways and Non-exclusive Gateway icon Non-exclusive Gateways as well.

Application and Application Service: New Properties for Defining Links

New attributes that allow referencing external resources such as URLs easily have been added to the Notebooks of Application icon Applications and Application Service icon Application Services. You can find these attributes, called Application link (URL) and Application service link (URL) respectively, in the "General information" chapter.

Connect Pools and Intermediate Events (Boundary) with Message Flows

Message Flow icon Message Flows can now be used to connect Intermediate Event boundary icon Intermediate Events (boundary) to Pool icon Pools. Thank you for the feedback Mr. Wenger!

Model Release Workflow for Cross-Domain Models

The model release workflow can now be enabled for Cross-Domain Model icon Cross-Domain Models. Please contact your ADONIS consultant if you would like to know more.

New Features for ADONIS Administrators

New Admin Page

The completely redesigned and extended Admin Page allows you to perform all administrative tasks directly from the browser, replacing the Administration Toolkit desktop application.

Admin Page

The Admin Page includes the following components:

  • Users: Create, edit, and delete user groups and users. Import and export users. Track administrative actions in the audit log.

  • Rights: Manage permissions for user groups and users. Grant or revoke access to content as needed.

  • System Roles: Create, edit, and delete system roles, and assign members to system roles.

  • Libraries: Update, import and export libraries. Manage the text resources of the metamodel.

  • Repositories: Manage Repositories. Import and export models, objects, repositories and migration packages.

  • Properties: A brand new optional, licensable add-on module for extending the metamodel (more on this below). Add, change, remove and organise properties of object and model types.

  • Settings: Configure a wide range of library-specific features.

  • Licence: View licence information and add a new licence if necessary.

In addition to the above components, the Tools menu grants access to advanced settings, including authentication settings, real-time monitoring of the ADONIS web client's status, and the ability to perform maintenance tasks.

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For instructions on using all features of the new Admin Page, check out the ADONIS 16.0 Admin Page Help.

Essentially, the functional scope of the listed components remains largely unchanged. While they boast new names and sport a modern user interface, they continue to facilitate the same administrative tasks.

However, some components and settings are new or offer a wider array of capabilities. These are described in the following sections.

Properties: A New Module for Extending the Metamodel

The Properties module, now available on the Admin Page, provides you with the flexibility to tailor the properties of object and model types to meet your organisation's needs.

You have full control over the allocation of properties, allowing you to structure them into chapters and groups as needed. At the granular level of individual properties, you can effortlessly assign or remove existing attributes and relations, and even introduce new attributes to an element.

Properties page

Furthermore, you can modify default values for enumeration and Boolean attributes, and expand the value range for enumeration attributes. Additionally, you can change attribute help texts and specify which attributes are mandatory.

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For details, please refer to the section "Properties" in the Admin Page Help.

Clickable Banner

Add a link to your banner image effortlessly on the new Admin Page. This will make the banner on the "Design & Document" start page clickable, guiding modellers to the desired page.

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For details, please refer to the section "Corporate Identity" in the Admin Page Help.

New Settings for Comments

The new settings for comments allow you to exactly define which relations indicating responsibility should trigger email notifications if someone leaves a comment on a model or object.

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For details, please refer to the section "Comments" in the Admin Page Help.

Set JPEG as Image Format

In ADONIS 16.0, you have the option to specify JPEG as the image format for contained images when printing models to PDF. Moreover, you can designate JPEG as the default image format for image generation, although ADONIS users can override this setting and generate images in PNG or SVG format as well.

Set JPEG as image format

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For details, please refer to the section "Printing and Reporting" in the Admin Page Help.

Removed Features

This section lists features that have been removed from ADONIS 16.0.

Administration Toolkit

The desktop application Administration Toolkit (aaws.exe) has been removed from ADONIS 16.0 and replaced with the web-based Admin Page.

Database Administration

The tool Database Administration (adbinstws.exe) has been removed from ADONIS 16.0.

Set up System Users (Deprecated)

The deprecated authentication mechanism "Standard (System Users)" which allowed manually importing "system users" from the directory service Microsoft Active Directory directly in the Administration Toolkit is not supported anymore.

New ADONIS Connect for EA/ADOIT Available

The "BOC Management Office Integration Interface (MOI)" for synchronising objects between ADONIS and ADOIT has been removed from ADONIS 16.0. Synchronisation is still possible via the "Integration Framework (EXT_CONNECT)".

Migration from an Earlier Version of ADONIS to ADONIS 16.0

Changes to Software Requirements

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

No longer supported:

  • Tomcat 8 and Tomcat 9

  • Java 8 and Java 11

Added support for:

  • Tomcat 10.1

  • Java 17