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AndrewPaier
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Pinned topic Announcing Brazos Toolkit

‏2013-06-06T15:23:44Z |

I'm pleased to announce the general availability of BP3's Brazos toolkit to the IBM BPM community.

What is Brazos?

The Brazos toolkit is a responsive UI intended to be a replacement for the coach views that were shipped with IBM BPM.  It leverages the IBM Supported Coach View framework to allow you to easily create good looking UI for your customers.  And because the toolkit was created with responsive fundamentals as the core goal, you can create UI that will allow your coaches to seamlessly transition from Desktop to Tablet to Mobile.

How much will this cost me?

BP3 is providing the Brazos toolkit to any user who registers for free.  You are not entitled to charge your customer for access to the toolkit, but you are permitted to use it on any engagement you would like.  We are also committed to keeping a free release for the community as long as we are maintaining this toolkit.  

What?  Why?

We really believe that IBM BPM is a product that can make a significant difference for a company.  We created this toolkit because we were tired of BPM sales and solutions spending far too much time concerned about UI and too little on getting the core process right for the customer.  We wanted to remove the UI from any conversation around the overall sophistication of BPM.  

BPM is what we do.  The more successful BPM projects there are, the better the ecosystem is for our company.

So what is the hidden cost?

No hidden cost.  We really aren't charging you.  We will offer support contracts to BPM customers who would like to have some sort of assurance that they won't be left in a position of maintaining the toolkit on their own and ensuring compatibility with future IBM BPM releases, but that is not required.  The free version of the toolkit will be maintained on a BPM release of BP3's choice (right now 8.0.1).  If you want a version of the toolkit that runs on a release that BP3 is not currently supporting in the "free" tier (e.g. 8.0.0, 8.5) then you will need to either ensure compatibility with that release on your own, or have a support contract with BP3.

Can I alter the code and still use it?

Yes.  However please note that if you do not submit your changes back to BP3 (a process we are still ironing out) then you have effectively "branched" the toolkit and may have to make the same customizations if you want to leverage a future release.  

What's in the next version?

This release was our first public release of the toolkit, and we are already learning a lot from the people who have used Brazos.  We have a June release planned that add the following capabilities.

  • Compatibility with IE 8
  • Handling custom date formats in the date picker.  (currently uses OS preference)
  • Drag and Drop columns in the Table control
  • Visibility Settings (Read, Write, None, Required)
  • Drag and Drop File uploads for ECM
  • Alignment options for controls

Why should I use this?

Well, as I said the goal here is to be able to give you an responsive UI that is easy to implement and maintain.  It is important to note that this is the primary UI toolkit BP3 will be using on all of its BPM engagements.  This means we have a vested interest in maintaining and updating its capabilities.  The primary problem we see with the current IBM Coach offerings is that the people who created them do not have to use them to deliver solutions for customers.  As such we all encounter use cases that the developers either did not foresee, or whose solutions are poorly documented.

Our team will be using this product every day.  We are not tied to a product release cycle and can update this as needed.  And, as you know, we certainly keep an eye on this forum.  (Our table control is much quicker than the OOTB control, FYI)

How do I get it?

Click Hereto find out more details about the Brazos Toolkit.

Click Here to register for the toolkit and receive a download link.

Andrew Paier  |  Director  |  BP3 Global, Inc.BP3 Global's Website  |  Twitter  |  Linkedin  |  Google+  |  Blogs

Updated on 2013-06-07T02:26:38Z at 2013-06-07T02:26:38Z by AndrewPaier
  • balab3
    balab3
    21 Posts

    Re: Announcing Brazos Toolkit

    ‏2013-06-13T13:12:16Z  

    Dear Andrew

    I'm unable to submit my request. It still stays on the same page.
     

    ~ Bala

  • AndrewPaier
    AndrewPaier
    770 Posts

    Re: Announcing Brazos Toolkit

    ‏2013-06-13T13:16:24Z  
    • balab3
    • ‏2013-06-13T13:12:16Z

    Dear Andrew

    I'm unable to submit my request. It still stays on the same page.
     

    ~ Bala

    Strange.  It is working for me.  What browser are you using?  I'll have the team check what the problem could be.

  • balab3
    balab3
    21 Posts

    Re: Announcing Brazos Toolkit

    ‏2013-06-13T14:34:34Z  

    Strange.  It is working for me.  What browser are you using?  I'll have the team check what the problem could be.

    Checked with IE, Firefox and Chrome. No luck :(


    ~ Bala

  • balab3
    balab3
    21 Posts

    Re: Announcing Brazos Toolkit

    ‏2013-06-13T15:10:28Z  

    Strange.  It is working for me.  What browser are you using?  I'll have the team check what the problem could be.

    Link that works

    The below one is not working
    http://info.bp-3.com/brazos-toolkit-request/#

     

    ~ Bala

  • makvell
    makvell
    269 Posts

    Re: Announcing Brazos Toolkit

    ‏2013-06-14T07:08:24Z  

    Hi!

    Please tell me where I can read more about what is included in this toolkit? Before I download something and start watching, I would like to know what's inside :)

    Unfortunately, I cannot see the video, as it is forbidden by the security policy of my company. Maybe there is a detailed description on your site?

    Thank you! :)

  • AndrewPaier
    AndrewPaier
    770 Posts

    Re: Announcing Brazos Toolkit

    ‏2013-06-14T16:02:36Z  
    • balab3
    • ‏2013-06-13T15:10:28Z

    Link that works

    The below one is not working
    http://info.bp-3.com/brazos-toolkit-request/#

     

    ~ Bala

    Thanks for finding that Bala.  I'm not sure how that got messed up.  

    Andrew Paier  |  Director  |  BP3 Global, Inc.
    BP3 Global's Website  |  Twitter  |  Linkedin  |  Google+  |  Blogs

  • AndrewPaier
    AndrewPaier
    770 Posts

    Re: Announcing Brazos Toolkit

    ‏2013-06-14T16:27:39Z  
    • makvell
    • ‏2013-06-14T07:08:24Z

    Hi!

    Please tell me where I can read more about what is included in this toolkit? Before I download something and start watching, I would like to know what's inside :)

    Unfortunately, I cannot see the video, as it is forbidden by the security policy of my company. Maybe there is a detailed description on your site?

    Thank you! :)

    There is a description at the links I provided.  Basically this is a replacement for the base coach layout and UI widgets that ship with IBM BPM, with the goals of 1) Providing a much better UI experience across platforms (desktop/laptop/phone) and 2) Easier ability to reskin with a more rational CSS.

    Andrew Paier  |  Director  |  BP3 Global, Inc.
    BP3 Global's Website  |  Twitter  |  Linkedin  |  Google+  |  Blogs

  • DejanStopar
    DejanStopar
    3 Posts

    Re: Announcing Brazos Toolkit

    ‏2013-07-01T10:09:28Z  

    Andrew...is new version of the toolkit already available?

  • Dae Young
    Dae Young
    430 Posts

    Re: Announcing Brazos Toolkit

    ‏2013-07-01T11:10:04Z  

    Good morning Andrew,

    Thanks for letting us know about the Brazos Toolkit.  I look forward to using it!

    Have a blessed day!


    Dae

  • AndrewPaier
    AndrewPaier
    770 Posts

    Re: Announcing Brazos Toolkit

    ‏2013-07-02T03:06:49Z  

    Andrew...is new version of the toolkit already available?

    The new version of the toolkit entered QA testing last week.  It is also currently being used internally at several customers.  I'm hoping we will pass and be able to release it within the next 1-2 weeks.  It is a significant improvement over the 1.0 toolkit, so we are very excited to see the community's reaction.  I'll post a new announcement when it is out.

    And yes, 2.0 will still be free.  (there are support options available for those who want one.  You can read about that here)

    Andrew Paier  |  Director  |  BP3 Global, Inc.
    BP3 Global's Website  |  Twitter  |  Linkedin  |  Google+  |  Blogs

  • balab3
    balab3
    21 Posts

    Re: Announcing Brazos Toolkit

    ‏2013-07-02T07:21:38Z  

    Hi Andrew

    I submitted the request 2 weeks back and still waiting to download it.


    ~Bala

  • AndrewPaier
    AndrewPaier
    770 Posts

    Re: Announcing Brazos Toolkit

    ‏2013-07-03T19:09:53Z  
    • balab3
    • ‏2013-07-02T07:21:38Z

    Hi Andrew

    I submitted the request 2 weeks back and still waiting to download it.


    ~Bala

    Balaprakash -

    I had the team look into this and it seems you signed up for the Brazos e-mail list and have not registered yet for Brazos itself.  Per my request they have e-mailed you directly with a link that should take you to the page where you can agree to the EULA and then download the 1.0 version of the toolkit.

    Andrew Paier  |  Director  |  BP3 Global, Inc.
    BP3 Global's Website  |  Twitter  |  Linkedin  |  Google+  |  Blogs

  • RameshKumar C
    RameshKumar C
    38 Posts

    Re: Announcing Brazos Toolkit

    ‏2013-07-05T18:53:26Z  

    Balaprakash -

    I had the team look into this and it seems you signed up for the Brazos e-mail list and have not registered yet for Brazos itself.  Per my request they have e-mailed you directly with a link that should take you to the page where you can agree to the EULA and then download the 1.0 version of the toolkit.

    Andrew Paier  |  Director  |  BP3 Global, Inc.
    BP3 Global's Website  |  Twitter  |  Linkedin  |  Google+  |  Blogs

    I am very excited about this toolkit. I have requested and looking forward to work on it. Does it have basic validation controls as well ?

     

  • AndrewPaier
    AndrewPaier
    770 Posts

    Re: Announcing Brazos Toolkit

    ‏2013-07-08T20:18:15Z  

    I am very excited about this toolkit. I have requested and looking forward to work on it. Does it have basic validation controls as well ?

     

    The 1.0 version of the toolkit allows the same validation flow as the OOTB UI.  In the next release we will have more OOTB validation rolled into the Brazos toolkit.

  • balab3
    balab3
    21 Posts

    Re: Announcing Brazos Toolkit

    ‏2013-07-10T12:04:58Z  

    Balaprakash -

    I had the team look into this and it seems you signed up for the Brazos e-mail list and have not registered yet for Brazos itself.  Per my request they have e-mailed you directly with a link that should take you to the page where you can agree to the EULA and then download the 1.0 version of the toolkit.

    Andrew Paier  |  Director  |  BP3 Global, Inc.
    BP3 Global's Website  |  Twitter  |  Linkedin  |  Google+  |  Blogs

    Thanks a lot Andrew.
    Yes I received :)

     

    ~ Bala

  • Alan_Dickman
    Alan_Dickman
    9 Posts

    Re: Announcing Brazos Toolkit

    ‏2013-10-11T14:41:08Z  

    I have the 2.0 Beta. Have you released the final version?

     

    Also, is there any documentation for the toolkit. The sample examples kinda terse...

  • Alan_Dickman
    Alan_Dickman
    9 Posts

    Re: Announcing Brazos Toolkit

    ‏2013-10-11T14:41:18Z  

    I have the 2.0 Beta. Have you released the final version?

     

    Also, is there any documentation for the toolkit. The sample examples kinda terse...

  • Samuel Chan
    Samuel Chan
    382 Posts

    Re: Announcing Brazos Toolkit

    ‏2013-11-21T22:06:35Z  

    Andrew, thanks for the toolkit. I'll be registering today, hopefully to evaluate before too long.

    So the toolkit is completely available to requesters to use as they see fit? I can modify it? Can I copy code? I've obviously not seen any licensing or the EULA, so I'm just throwing this out there.

  • AndrewPaier
    AndrewPaier
    770 Posts

    Re: Announcing Brazos Toolkit

    ‏2013-11-21T22:34:44Z  

    Andrew, thanks for the toolkit. I'll be registering today, hopefully to evaluate before too long.

    So the toolkit is completely available to requesters to use as they see fit? I can modify it? Can I copy code? I've obviously not seen any licensing or the EULA, so I'm just throwing this out there.

    Honestly there is no way we can control what you do with it.  However if you modify it and don't work with us to get your modifications back into the code base, then your customer is on their own for support and upgrade to future versions.  We can't really support every possible one off version of the toolkit a customer might have, so if they are not paying for support, and encounter a bug that we either cannot duplicate or have fixed in our own version, they will be on their own to fix that problem.

    It is in everyone's best interest (in the community) that if you have a fix or enhancement you work with us to get it into the release.  That way everyone can use it.  

    We have very little ability to prevent you from doing whatever you want with it.  We just hope that you see the value and work with us so that everyone can continue to benefit from this resource.  We certainly would like attribution and love our customers who pay for support, but lack any capacity to force you to only do those things we view as acceptable with this.  I ask that you don't lead a customer down a dead end, but cannot prevent you from doing so.

    ANDREW PAIER
    DIRECTOR, BP3 LABS
    T: 512.600.3239 X 240 / apaier@bp-3.com / @apaier
    BP3 /// www.bp-3.com / Blogs / Twitter / LinkedIn / Google+

  • sfrancis
    sfrancis
    5 Posts

    Re: Announcing Brazos Toolkit

    ‏2013-11-21T22:56:00Z  

    I have the 2.0 Beta. Have you released the final version?

     

    Also, is there any documentation for the toolkit. The sample examples kinda terse...

    Alan - I think we missed this response here in the forum - but yes, the 2.0 GA has been released, along with much more extensive examples and documentation (built with Brazos, viewable on your iphone/iPad!) - much of it thanks to feedback like yours - 

    You should have, by now, received an email from us notifying you of the GA release and with a download link, but send us a note at labs@bp-3.com if you haven't received it - 

     

    scott

     

    SCOTT FRANCIS, CTO
    T: 512.600.3239 X 220 / sfrancis@bp-3.com  /  @sfrancisatx
     
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  • Samuel Chan
    Samuel Chan
    382 Posts

    Re: Announcing Brazos Toolkit

    ‏2013-11-22T04:00:26Z  

    Honestly there is no way we can control what you do with it.  However if you modify it and don't work with us to get your modifications back into the code base, then your customer is on their own for support and upgrade to future versions.  We can't really support every possible one off version of the toolkit a customer might have, so if they are not paying for support, and encounter a bug that we either cannot duplicate or have fixed in our own version, they will be on their own to fix that problem.

    It is in everyone's best interest (in the community) that if you have a fix or enhancement you work with us to get it into the release.  That way everyone can use it.  

    We have very little ability to prevent you from doing whatever you want with it.  We just hope that you see the value and work with us so that everyone can continue to benefit from this resource.  We certainly would like attribution and love our customers who pay for support, but lack any capacity to force you to only do those things we view as acceptable with this.  I ask that you don't lead a customer down a dead end, but cannot prevent you from doing so.

    ANDREW PAIER
    DIRECTOR, BP3 LABS
    T: 512.600.3239 X 240 / apaier@bp-3.com / @apaier
    BP3 /// www.bp-3.com / Blogs / Twitter / LinkedIn / Google+

    Yes, I understand that you can't lockdown the source for the toolkits. The question is more about what I should be allowed to do with it. Much like how source on the web is available to view, yet there are restrictions on their reuse.

    I wasn't expecting support for an in-house custom build. I'd imagine that we'd be on the hook for that (as the people who branched it).

    I'll be happy to contribute enhancements/fixes to the cause.

    Also, I'm wondering what the release cadence is for the tiers of support. I'm guessing that those on certain paid tiers get patches for their issues, while more major releases come out every so often as needed available to all registered?

    Alongside that query is what would the lead time be for updates to the BPM platform be? Say for point releases, how long would it be until we would be informed that Brazos is safe for consumption? And as an extension, for major releases, say v9.0, how long might we expect support to arrive? It's not a question you can directly answer, since this product hasn't been through this change. Because as a partner, we can't deliver until a product is ready, and sales would need to know a rough time (obvious).

  • AndrewPaier
    AndrewPaier
    770 Posts

    Re: Announcing Brazos Toolkit

    ‏2013-11-22T12:58:21Z  

    Yes, I understand that you can't lockdown the source for the toolkits. The question is more about what I should be allowed to do with it. Much like how source on the web is available to view, yet there are restrictions on their reuse.

    I wasn't expecting support for an in-house custom build. I'd imagine that we'd be on the hook for that (as the people who branched it).

    I'll be happy to contribute enhancements/fixes to the cause.

    Also, I'm wondering what the release cadence is for the tiers of support. I'm guessing that those on certain paid tiers get patches for their issues, while more major releases come out every so often as needed available to all registered?

    Alongside that query is what would the lead time be for updates to the BPM platform be? Say for point releases, how long would it be until we would be informed that Brazos is safe for consumption? And as an extension, for major releases, say v9.0, how long might we expect support to arrive? It's not a question you can directly answer, since this product hasn't been through this change. Because as a partner, we can't deliver until a product is ready, and sales would need to know a rough time (obvious).

    Much of this we are figuring out on the fly.  We don't yet have an official release schedule, but have had a bug fix out about every 2 weeks since the GA for issues reported from the field.  That points to the fact that I'm now focused on establishing a permanent QA team and regression test suite.  

    So right now there have been several bug fix releases, but we don't have a plan around the next "full" release.  

    As far as BPM releases go, the good news is since this is built on top of the coach view framework, the work to take 8.0.1 release to 8.5 essentially was - export, import, change system data toolkit links, test.  We can hope that stays true going forward.  Now if there is a new UI functionality we want to either leverage or mimic, we would need to slate in some development time to make that happen.

    ANDREW PAIER
    DIRECTOR, BP3 LABS
    T: 512.600.3239 X 240 / apaier@bp-3.com / @apaier
    BP3 /// www.bp-3.com / Blogs / Twitter / LinkedIn / Google+

  • RKataria
    RKataria
    60 Posts

    Re: Announcing Brazos Toolkit

    ‏2013-12-04T08:58:17Z  

    Hi Andrew,

    Do we have any documentation in the form of PDF as videos link are blocked in the company URL.

    Need to understand how to configure the Brazo elements.

    Rahul Kataria

  • AndrewPaier
    AndrewPaier
    770 Posts

    Re: Announcing Brazos Toolkit

    ‏2013-12-04T15:03:11Z  
    • RKataria
    • ‏2013-12-04T08:58:17Z

    Hi Andrew,

    Do we have any documentation in the form of PDF as videos link are blocked in the company URL.

    Need to understand how to configure the Brazo elements.

    Rahul Kataria

    If you have Brazos 2.0, it shipped in the form of a Process App that has a number of sample UI's, as well as the underlying toolkit.  If you don't have Brazos 2.0 and you are a registered user let me know and I'll see what happened to your notification.

    If you have specific questions you can either post them here (although I don't have time to read the forum every day) or submit a question to support@bp-3.com

    ANDREW PAIER
    VICE PRESIDENT, LABS
    T: 512.600.3239 X 240 / apaier@bp-3.com / @apaier
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