Continuous improvement and incremental deployments

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Continuous improvement and incremental deployments

Overview

As part of continuous process improvement, Bizagi enables flexibility and evolution of your processes as your business evolves.

Sometimes this involves making changes to business data, business rules, interfaces or even changing the flow of the processes themselves.

 

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Important

It is strictly required that all objects in the development environment that have been already deployed to a production environment, are not deleted.

Objects being used in a production environment should not be deleted or have their name edited (the object's name is different from its display name), otherwise whenever attempting a deployment to production, Bizagi will indicate that the deployment package is not adequate (in order to guarantee data integrity in the production environment).

 

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If you wish to stop using a certain object, such as a process, in a production environment, the proper way to do so is by disabling such object. But never delete such object in the development environment, as this will NOT mean that it will be no longer in production.

For the scenario of wanting to deprecate an entity or attribute, you will need to create a new process version which in turns, uses a different entity or attribute than the ones used before.

 

When to create versions for processes?

Depending on the necessary changes, it is recommended to generate new versions of processes when they have been already deployed to a production environment.

This is a safe way to make changes without compromising the information of the current cases being executed in the production environment.

When deploying a new process version, live existing cases will continue to be worked on the process version they were originally created.

 

However, publishing minor modifications to existing processes is also possible, in which case you may perform improvements right in the same deployed process version, so that the current cases can take those changes and adjustments.

 

Creating new versions

It is recommended as a good practice to version your processes when changes are made.

To do so, go into the Processes module and right-click on a specific process version to select New Version:

 

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To view a detailed guide on when it is recommended to create new process versions, refer to http://help.bizagi.com/bpm-suite/en/index.html?guidelines_for_new_version_of_.htm

 

Incremental deployments

Regarding incremental deployments, it is important to note that when deploying new processes or new process versions, existing cases will continue to follow their workflow at the target environment.

This means that depending on the nature of your changes, you will need to decide if you want to employ a staging environment to validate how these existing cases will behave.

 

To perform incremental deployments, simply follow the same procedure as when deploying processes for the first time, even though there are some differences (mainly about certain objects which are only deployed from the development environment for a first deployment).

For information on the steps involved in a deployment, refer back to this chapter's main section at From Studio to Cloud.