After the trip to Hyderabad for the Visio MVP Conference, as described in my previous post, my wife and I went to Bangalore, Vadodara, and Mumbai. This gave me the chance to drop-in on Packt Publishing because this is the week that my new book is published ( see http://www.packtpub.com/microsoft-visio-2013-business-process-diagramming-and-validation/book ). The book’s title is Microsoft Visio 2013 Business Process Diagramming and Validation, and, although this is an update to my 2010 book (with an extra chapter for integration with Office365 and SharePoint 2013), it should resonate with a wider audience because Microsoft decided to merge the Premium and Professional editions into one Professional edition for Visio 2013, so that it now includes Visio Services and Validation. This means that there are millions more Visio users who can take advantage of validation rules to ensure that they have well-constructed diagrams in Visio. I would also like to stress that validation rules can be applied to all types of diagrams, not just process diagrams, and I will demonstrate this over the next few months here.[Read more…] about New Visio book out now!
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Designing Power Automate Flows with Microsoft Visio
The Microsoft Power Platform is getting a lot of attention these days, quite rightly, because of it’s ability to provide data storage, entry, process, analysis and prediction.[Read more…] about Designing Power Automate Flows with Microsoft Visio
Visio 2013 BPM Maturity Model
In my book, Microsoft Visio 2010 Business Process Diagramming and Validation (see http://www.visiorules.com/ ), I presented a table of the progressive maturity of BPM within Visio. I have now extended this diagram in the figure below to show how Visio 2013 increases this maturity level.
I have just been running 2 day Visio 2013 Services introductory courses to Microsoft partners in Oslo and Copenhagen, and I think there has been a very positive response to the new capabilities of Visio 2013 along with SharePoint 2013. The two products together provide some great capabilities that should lead to exciting value propositions to business. New features include co-authoring of Visio files; commenting with or without the Visio client application; deeper integration with SharePoint Designer for SharePoint Workflows; and rendering of Visio files in high quality images, making them usable from any browser on any device.
Microsoft have also merged Visio Premium into Visio Professional for the 2013 product, making all of these features available to the normal business user. The good news about my book mentioned above is that it is very current for Visio 2013 Professional, as there have been no significant changes in this area …
Update : Just got my latest copy of Redmond Magazine ( see http://redmondmag.com/ ). Great article about SharePoint 2013 and Visio 2013!
See my book at PacktLib Books On-Line
The publishers of my last book, Microsoft Visio 2010 Business Process
Diagramming and Validation (Packt Publishing), have put it on-line at http://packtlib.packtpub.com/library/9781849680141/ch02lvl1sec06
You can read chapter 2 for free, but hopefully you will pay for the rest of it 🙂
On-line publishing has at least three advantages over the printed copy:
1. It is in color (it is usually too expensive for printed books)
2. It is searchable
3. It is quickly available
You can also see a bit more via http://www.visiorules.com …
Microsoft Visio 2010 Beta now available to the public
One of the greatest benefits of being an MVP is our chance to participate in private beta tests of the forthcoming versions of our chosen application. Well, I have been testing the new version of Visio for a while now, and blogging about parts that we have been able to talk publicly about. I think Visio 2010 is going to be a tremendous step forward for enterprises, so it feels good to announce that anyone can download the beta of Visio 2010 Premium edition now … just follow the link on this button:
For me, the highlights are:
- Structured Diagramming – Containers, Lists, Connectivity API
- Rules Validation – ability to use and create diagramming rules, like for BPMN and SharePoint Workflow
- Visio Services – server side refreshing of data linked diagrams, SharePoint integration
There are many improvements behind the scenes to support these new features. Try it out for yourself!