Visio our best Enemy

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VisioTM: Our Best Enemy!

The Microsoft Office Suite is undeniably the prevailing standard in the vast majority of companies across North America and Europe. The added value offered by this software suite is a proven entity, and VisioTM has become a safe bet when it comes to equipping a variety of users for their conceptualization initiatives. So much so that nowadays, most large companies have inherited, probably like you have, a large amount of legacy VisioTM files. However, some limiting factors of this approach can put the brakes on organizations striving to reach theri strategic objectives.
In this regard, we have identified two complementary processes for improvement:
- Countless sources of information are not valued and used the way they could be
- The benefits of this production made by modeling experts are far from used in an optimal way
That said, the answers to this need for improvement are quite limited in number and unclear. The main approach in the market is the “steamroller” one that consists of putting away your VisioTM licenses and force your users into deeply changing their habits to equip themselves with new and more structured solutions. This approach may work if it is accompanied by the right level of investment and if the maturity level is already there!
The approach we propose tends to go in the opposite direction of the “Big Bang” method for several fundamental reasons:
- Capitalizing on existing information cannot be summarized in a simple import of data since the drawings become normalized models that use multidimensional objects.
- Reusing the vocabulary and graphical norms integrated into VisioTM is clearly the preferred way to ease the transition path
- The inventory and analysis of VisioTM users enable to identify several kinds of profiles: some are occasional users, and others are real modeling aficionados. It then becomes essential to provide them with tools that are adapted to their use and expectations.
Finally, to make a proper transition between a tactical project-based approach towards a perennial enterprise initiative, the company has to rely on its culture and vision. This initiative needs to scrupulously follow an iterative method that is focused on reaching tangible results as soon as during the first weeks!
These few lines really tend to give the perception that VisioTM has become our best enemy. And as with any strategic enemy, we need to deal with it and learn to work around it or conquer it.
To illustrate this observation, we invite you to have a look at a concrete demonstration in the video below. It will probably shed some light on the answers that Casewise has to offer in this specific situation.
Watch the demonstration : Visio Our Best Enemy !

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Visio our best Enemy

  1. 1. © 2014 Casewise Systems Ltd Casewise Demonstration Visio: Our Best Enemy! How to leverage MS Visio within an Enterprise Initiative? www.casewise.fr | www.casewise.com Watch the Video
  2. 2. © 2014 Casewise Systems Ltd Introduction • Visio – An essential tool into conceptual missions – An extremely well popular, spread and used software – A really good tool ! • Pains & Limits – Collect and Consolidate the Enterprise Information – Communication, Analysis and Collaboration – Manage Norms, Standards, Methodologies and Governance
  3. 3. © 2014 Casewise Systems Ltd Objectives • Are the Visio and Casewise Uses compatible? • How can we leverage our existing Visio asset/information? • Do we loose our styles and shapes with a Visio Import? • How complex is the Import Process? • What are the prerequisites and the best practices? • How can we engage our Visio Experts into our Enterprise Initiative by promoting a synchronous collaboration?
  4. 4. © 2014 Casewise Systems Ltd Scope of the Demonstration Document every aspect of your business Visualize Collaborate and share across your enterprise Expand Analyze, plan and improve your business Optimize
  5. 5. © 2014 Casewise Systems Ltd Leverage the unstructured Information
  6. 6. © 2014 Casewise Systems Ltd Manage Complexity thanks to a 360° View
  7. 7. © 2014 Casewise Systems Ltd Import your Visio Files
  8. 8. © 2014 Casewise Systems Ltd Prerequisites & Best Practices Basic  MS Visio and Casewise Modeler  Visio Files to import Guidance  Visio Drawings built by using the Stencils  Casewise Model is ready to embed the information  Meta-Model  Norms & Standards  Best Practices  Get an overall understanding of norms for both worlds  Pay attention of the OBJECT principle /Concept
  9. 9. © 2014 Casewise Systems Ltd A straight forward Process
  10. 10. © 2014 Casewise Systems Ltd Demonstration: Visio Import
  11. 11. © 2014 Casewise Systems Ltd Scope of the Demonstration Document every aspect of your business Visualize Collaborate and share across your enterprise Expand Analyze, plan and improve your business Optimize
  12. 12. © 2014 Casewise Systems Ltd Engage your Visio Experts
  13. 13. © 2014 Casewise Systems Ltd Environment  Visio Users keep their software and so their user interface  Using their tool with the exact same way Let’s get clear! Capabilities  Secure and synchronous connexion to the Enterprise Repository  Leverage predefined Stencils which are aligned with the Enterprise Norms & Standards  The Visio Drawings are turned into objects that host properties and associations  Analyze the relationships and reach their properties  Exploit the reutilization of existing objects  Capture and Store any delivery / update within the repository Benefits  Collaborate beyond the organizational silos  Capture, Collect and Consolidate within one unique Enterprise Repository  Share, Spread and Manage common languages, norms & standards  Information Quality and Governance
  14. 14. © 2014 Casewise Systems Ltd Demonstration: V-Modeler
  15. 15. © 2014 Casewise Systems Ltd Casewise Modeler Vs V-Modeler Generate Impact Analysis Create and Visualize Matrices Run Process Simulation Filter, Search, Export Objects Import/Export (csv, Excel, Word, Visio, images) Administrate Access Rights Manage Meta Model, Norms & Methodology Export Visio Files Read/Create/Modify/Delete Diagrams Reuse Existing Objects Read/Create/Modify/Delete properties and associations Run consistency checks against the modeling rules Read/Create/Modify/Delete Diagrams Reuse Existing Objects Read/Create/Modify/Delete properties and associations Run consistency checks against the modeling rules
  16. 16. © 2014 Casewise Systems Ltd Conclusion • Casewise has done a strategic choice and carries on to maintain it both on the technical side and on the methodology side. • Turn our « best enemy » into a strategic allied to support both tactical and enterprise approach, in so far it bring added value on Customer sides.
  17. 17. © 2014 Casewise Systems Ltd • www.casewise.com | www.casewise.fr • LinkedIn Enterprise Page • YouTube Casewise Corporate Channel • YouTube Casewise Canada Channel Let’s stay connected! 17 Watch theVideo

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