Wednesday, July 13, 2011

When Good is Not Enough

It's hard not to agree that Joget Workflow's look-and-feel is aesthetically pleasing, in addition to shipping great codes to the open source space. To continuously keep up with the "simplicity" design goal, we continuously examine and improve user experience by enhancing the user interfaces.

One of the recent examples, is the improvement in navigating between Form Builder, Datalist Builder and Userview Builder. This recent enhancement is committed in the latest snapshot of v3 Beta code-base, and will be available in the final release of v3.

The Problem

In v3 Beta, if we continuously edit and design the forms, data lists and userviews, chances are, we will most likely end up with a couple of tabs opened in the browser; and it could be many.

This affects the user experience, navigating between the builders and forms eventually resulted in cluttered tabs.

The Solution

Now, 3 nifty quick-navigators are placed into Form Builder, Datalist Builder and Userview Builder. Each navigator is a drop-down list of forms, data lists, and userviews, respectively.

So, instead of leaving your mouse cursor away from the current tab and open another form from the Workflow Management Console, in another new tab, we can now simply select another form from the drop-down list, and switch between builders without cluttering the tabbed browsing experience.

When good is not enough, we aim to be better!

If you can't wait to experience this improvement yourself, you can build Joget Workflow from the latest source codes.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Joget Workflow Sets a Significant Milestone in China

I've just came back from Shanghai last night, and over the weekend, our first Accredited Partner in China is officially established via strategic collaboration. Rome was not built in a day though, we have been communicating through email conversations since 3 months ago; but the process turns out to be very fruitful!

Shanghai Valuprosys Technology (上海维略信息科技), the new certified implementation partner, is a team of open source business solutions provider based in one of the most populous cities of China. A lean startup, SVT's team comprises of project managers, functional consultants and technical developers who are experienced in the ERP and logistics domains. They are also geared with more than 5 years of solution implementation experience with IBM, Oracle and Ultimus products.

Pudong night view

Stepping into China with significant traction, is one of our goals of this year, and I'm glad we have done it in half a year! Just the right timing with another 2 quarters to get Joget Workflow implemented for Chinese enterprises. I'm confident that we will be getting some case studies and testimonials from the world's fastest growing major economy, by end of this year.

Commitment is The Answer to Successful Partnership

As part of the partner accreditation programme, we have to make sure that the implementor is geared with competent product knowledge to implement successful projects with Joget Workflow. Prior to my physical visit in Shanghai, SVT has already committed a pool of 9 team members to explore the product capabilities of Joget Workflow, from building a CRM application for a chain of training centers, to digging through the Joget Workflow source codes. This is the kind of commitment that shows the sign for a successful partnership.

“Commitment unlocks the doors of imagination, allows vision, and gives us the "right stuff" to turn our dreams into reality”, James Womack
And the "right stuff" that SVT possesses, is their commitment in the right combination of talent resources, to bring Joget Workflow into the rapidly growing economy that Silicon Valley companies are eyeing at.

What to Expect from Joget Workflow's Presence in China?

SVT's strategic partnership with us doesn't just confine to project implementation, but some great plans that will benefit the Joget Workflow community in China too!
  1. Chinese forums and knowledge base for Joget Workflow
  2. Continuously translate Joget Workflow into Chinese language
  3. Community meetups in major cities
  4. Integrate Openbravo - an open source ERP, with Joget Workflow
Besides, in terms of collaboration network expansion, SVT also aims to establish partnership with like-minded business solution providers in Beijing and Guangzhou. Once this network is materialized, Joget Workflow will have its presence in all the 3 most influential cities in China. I'm waiting for the day!

Sean (left) receiving certificate of Accredited Partner on behalf of Shanghai Valuprosys Technology

Sean (left) received certificate of Accredited Partner on behalf of SVT.
Silk drawing scroll given by Joget Workflow's first partner in China
Thanks to Shanghai Valuprosys Technology for the souvenir - a silk drawing scroll.

Today, Joget Workflow's ISV partners are spanning across the world continents, from various countries in Asia Pacific, to Middle East, Europe, and South America. If you are one of our ISV partners reading this blog post, and you would like to get your company featured in a dedicated mention like this, contact us to keep us updated with your activities ;)

Monday, July 4, 2011

The Joget House, Silicon Valley, USA

We started our base in the US sometime 9 months ago (the time it takes to conceive a child), and have since been telling ourselves that we need a better place where our Jogetians can come over and stay for several weeks without worrying about hotel bills … a place where they can just code, train, convert adopters, and do the cool things we only read about (like in US cool companies like Google) without breaking the bank account.

Now how was that going to be possible?

I guess when we found out about how depressed the housing market is and the fact that there are global banks (like HSBC) willing to finance borrowings outside the US, we became very eager to find out how we can work around those two circumstances to let the Joget House happen. After all, we were affording Mike’s rent and the small cubicle in PnP by a whisker!

We soon realized that Mike’s and PnP’s rent put together amounted to the mortgage payments, and with that resolved, we started thinking of how to come up with the rest of the money (for down payment, etc.). It was then that our Angel Investor stepped up to the challenge and said, “Let's buy a house in the US!”

What else can I say or do? We just wanted to make it happen!

There were very few realtors who bothered to show us around once they found out about our situation, and one of them was Lou Honeycutt (I think that's how you spell her name). She not only took us around every time we were in town, but also checked with the banks, authorities, etc., helping make this project a possibility. I would recommend her service to anyone. She also helped us with the IKEA shopping and put Kuang's coffee table together (until she broke her nail), and she spent countless hours negotiating with the contractor to ensure that we got the best deal.

Anyway, today we are officially moving in to the Joget House in Milpitas, California. It's our SOHO and a start to many great things that we want to accomplish in the US. We are already doing work for the big boys, and we’ve also just released v3 beta of Joget Workflow. Everyone's quite excited. I'll blog more with pictures once we get the sofa and Mike’s work desk up. Don't know how Mike could have missed those huge boxes when the delivery truck came earlier. Anyway, we got them at something like 9:30pm yesterday, and now at least we’re almost all set.

Another visit to Fry's today to get our plasma (Sorry Mike, I can only afford to buy returns that they want to get rid cheap. US$500 for a 55-inch unit; can't beat that, guys!), and a couple of box fans as it's summer and central AC will cost an additional 5 gs. And that's in US dollars, mind you.

Written by Chris Chan