[Last Call] Learn how to a build a cloud-first strategyRegister Now

x
?
Solved

Can you use a BPMN shape in visio to link to another BPMN diagram - if so how

Posted on 2010-09-21
5
Medium Priority
?
916 Views
Last Modified: 2012-08-14
Hi,
I have a lot of process model diagrams in a piece of software that I want to get rid off so am looking at Visio 2010. In these diagrams one of the icon represents a sub process which branches off. I can use the shape but the subprocess could be in another file or another sheet or ideally if possible within the shape itself. Does anyone know if this is possible and how to achieve it as it would be brilliant if this was possibl.
Many thanks
0
Comment
Question by:goldsmithwilliams
  • 3
  • 2
5 Comments
 
LVL 31

Expert Comment

by:Scott Helmers
ID: 33733783
To answer your basic question: yes, any Visio shape can be hyperlinked to just about any electronic object. Consequently, a BPMN shape can include a link to a page, or a shape on a page, whether located in the same or a different diagram.

I don't know whether you've actually played with Visio 2010 yet or have just read about it, but one cool feature is the ability to create a subprocess automatically. One way to do this is to select a group of existing shapes and select "make subprocess". Visio will replace the selected shapes with a subprocess shape, create a new page, place the selected shapes on that page, and create a hyperlink from the subprocess shape to the new page.

BTW, be sure to note that you need to buy the Premium edition of Visio 2010 to get the BPMN template (refer to this edition comparison).

Regards,
Scott
 


0
 

Author Comment

by:goldsmithwilliams
ID: 33733811
Thanks Scott. Can you give me an idea on how to do this please?
Cheers
0
 
LVL 31

Accepted Solution

by:
Scott Helmers earned 2000 total points
ID: 33733997
Sure. To do what I described above, drop a selection of BPMN shapes onto a page, then select a subset of them. Click on the Process tab and then on Create from Selection in the Subprocess area of the ribbon. The rest happens automatically.

Alternatively, you can drop a subprocess shape onto the page, select it, then click Link to Existing on the Process tab. You'll be offered the choice of linking to a page in the current drawing or in any other drawing.

There's a
0
 
LVL 31

Expert Comment

by:Scott Helmers
ID: 33734009
There's also the option to select an existing shape, click Create New on the Process tab and Visio will add page to your drawing on which you can then drop shapes for the new subprocess.
0
 

Author Closing Comment

by:goldsmithwilliams
ID: 33734070
Thanks very much, helps a great deal with the mappings. Cheers
0

Featured Post

 [eBook] Windows Nano Server

Download this FREE eBook and learn all you need to get started with Windows Nano Server, including deployment options, remote management
and troubleshooting tips and tricks

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

Periodically someone asks me whether there’s a way to automatically convert all of the pages in a Visio drawing to PowerPoint slides. There have even been a few times when I’ve wanted to do that myself but I never really had enough incentive to figu…
Meetings to discuss business process can waste time, and often do .  The meeting's dialog can get confusing when participants have different professional perspectives and backgrounds.  A jointly-developed process picture helps wade through the confu…
Please read the paragraph below before following the instructions in the video — there are important caveats in the paragraph that I did not mention in the video. If your PaperPort 12 or PaperPort 14 is failing to start, or crashing, or hanging, …
Look below the covers at a subform control , and the form that is inside it. Explore properties and see how easy it is to aggregate, get statistics, and synchronize results for your data. A Microsoft Access subform is used to show relevant calcul…

831 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question