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Some things are worth the wait. I’ve been working in the WIKI for a while – primarily in the area of the BPX Community Pilot – and I’ve always whined and moaned when inserting diagrams into the WIKI. Usually I create slides in PowerPoint and then take screenshots and post the images as JPGs. This whole process is not only time-consuming but it makes any collaboration via the WIKI impossible. If other WIKI participants want to edit the diagram, then I have to send them my slides for them to edit. Now, there is a new WIKI based tool -“Gliffy”- that gives us the ability to create and edit diagrams within the WIKI.  I didn’t see any announcement anywhere.

With this plug-in, you can now create and edit all sorts of diagrams in the WIKI. The ability to create new diagrams is possible on every page in the WIKI.

Then you get a very cool editor where you can now draw all those diagrams that you have always wanted to create. There are different icons that you can use to create everything from process swim lanes to network architectures.

Finally, when you are finished, you save the diagram and others have the ability to edit or view your newly created masterpiece.

For those who are interested in promoting collaboration in the WIKI, this is a major improvement in the work environment. For those interested in participating in the Community Pilot, this gives us the ability to move to a new plane of collaboration.   I plan to go through all of our old scripts and change all those old JPGs into Gliffy diagrams.  It is now possible to move beyond text as the main collaborative basis.  In our IT world where whiteboards play such a critical role in our every day lives, this shift and its repercussions should not be underestimated.

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    1. Marilyn Pratt
      This “surprise” has been in the works for months now and Richard Hirsch has been one of the biggest proponents and drivers. That is the power of community as you well know, so it is fitting that he announces it.
      Take a look at the
      BPX Community Pilot where Richard has experimented.
      You can even download the graphic output of the flowchart.
      So a super bravo to Richard for immediately implementing.
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  1. Mark Yolton
    Glad you found the plug-in even without an announcement. It seems that things are moving so fast that the communications about them can’t keep up with the rapid release.  Thank you, Richard for finding, trying, and blogging about it.  (also we might “blame” our absence of official communication on this Gliffy plug-in on the run-up to TechEd … things are a little nuts around here at the moment as we prepare to host ~6000 people next week in Las Vegas.) 

    Expect to see an announcement on the plug-in in the next BPX newsletter.  (If anyone reading this is unsure whether they are subscribed, it only takes a minute… go to “My Profile” up in the header and 1) join BPX, and 2) subscribe.)  I hope you — Richard and Blag and others — find value in this new tool. 

    Regards,

    Mark Yolton

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  2. Marco ten Vaanholt
    Good blog… I am happy you feel the BPX team is listening to the community. We worked hard behind the scenes to get this implemented before TechEd, so you can show how you could collaborate together. I am also starting to get great feedback from our consultancy organization to replace visio and start using this tool instead,

    Marco

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