Wednesday, October 17th, 2007

Lombardi Blueprint Process Mapping Tool

Category: GWT, Showcase

A case study of the Lombardi Blueprint process mapping tool was recently posted to the GWT
developer blog

Blueprint is a multi-thousand line Web 2.0 application that developed over the last year or so. After trying and abandoning Flash and Dojo based versions of the app, we settled on GWT for its far superior ease of debugging, code size, and execution speed. The refactoring support we get from being able to code in Java and use IntelliJ/Eclipse made it a slam dunk.

The challenge handed to us was to create a tool that the average business user could use to document and manage their business processes. It had to be easy to use, encourage collaboration between team members, and provide a shared repository for all of a company’s process documentation. Workflow functionality had to be on par with our competitors: Microsoft Visio, IDS Scheer’s ARIS, IBM’s WebSphere Business Modeler, and other desktop modeling tools. But we also wanted wiki & shared whiteboard capabilities to store information. Editing should use the drag and drop interaction users of desktop apps are familiar with.

The case study has details on the full experience building the application, which you can see in action here:

Posted by Dion Almaer at 9:05 am

2.1 rating from 54 votes


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Looks like an interesting product. I’m not sure how keen an “average business user” is to understanding, managing and updating business processes. They rarely have adequate expertise and experience, that’s why they hire consultants.

GWT no doubt is great for a java environment, good points for debugging. I’m not convince about about the speed and network performance, as with any technology, it depends how you use it. Sticking to javascript based solutions (adobe air, dojo) sounds less of a risk to me. The web moves fast but javascript will stay.

Comment by Jonathan Bond-Caron — October 17, 2007

GWT is Javascript, its just a more familiar way to do things. I’m impressed by that application; it has very nice visual interactions and some slick functionality.

Comment by Jon Hartmann — October 17, 2007

Sweet. I’ve been pulling my hair out trying to do this in Visio, then Excel. We have a nightmarish weekly publishing schedule full of hourly deadlines & handoffs in a 100% virtual office comprising 30 folks. From the video, this looks pretty amazing. I’ll reserve judgement until I dig in, though…

Comment by Nathan Abbott — October 17, 2007

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