Solving the export to Visio 2010
I am a freelance process architect. Not only do I model processes in BPMN 2 format, I also model the process architecture landscape in an Enterprise Architecture tool.
This is of course where Bizagi (as a free-standing process modelling and execution platform) falls very short. In a business environment I am not only expected to model working processes, but also the interaction of those processes with systems, business rules, business architecture, strategy, governance, compliance criteria, etc.
So, back to Bizagi: I cannot present the full process architecture space just with the process flows in Bizagi. Therefore I need to export these to another tool - and the only tool / API / interface that Bizagi "knows of" is MS Visio - which is truly disconcerting as there are a number of other open formats available to export to.
In my case (and I presume in many other cases as well - as from the community requests). I have installed Office 2016 with Visio Professional 2013 (cannot afford 2016 yet). Yet the only version to export to supported by Bizagi is Visio 2010. I don't know if Bizagi knows this, but you cannot install Visio 2010 (a MSI install) together with Office 2013 and above (online install). So, what to do?
After a 6 hour session one evening, I finally got it working. Here is how:
- Fortunately I have upgraded to the free Windows 10 upgrade.
- Install a virtual machine: such as Windows 10 Hyper-V. This does mean some data download.
- Next you need to install an OS. As you cannot use your existing OS key (Windows 10), so I had to resort to my OEM Windows 8.1 key.
- To obtain this key, I had to look for an OEM key reader as this key is embedded into the BIOS of the PC.
- After a number of tries, I finally found an OEM key reader that works.
- So, after much effort I obtained my Windows 8.1 key,
- Next I needed to download a Windows 8.1 install file - which of course means I needed to search for (found it after much effort) and download a previous version of Windows, incurring a download of more than 1 GB.
- With the installed VM and the installed previous version of Windows, I still needed Visio 2010. Luckily I had a key from 7 years ago. That took another search of unaccountable effort and time. I found the site to download Visio 2010 after a while of searching and trying different download sites.
- So, after about 6 hours I finally had installed:
- A Windows VM, which takes away 2 GB of memory and 5 GB of disk space.
- A previous OS of Windows, licensed.
- Which contains exactly two installed programs: Bizagi and Visio 2010.
- I model my processes in Bizagi in Windows 10, open the VM, open Bizagi, open Visio 2010, export to Visio 2010, close the VM.
All this effort, just because Bizagi cannot export to Visio 2013 or later. I have process modelling apps in Android that do a better export to Visio 2013 than does Bizagi.