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.
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.