Rise of the Organizational Graph

Traditional org charts answer only one question: Where do I fall in the company hierarchy? But an employee needs to know far more to be successful. What teams will I be a part of? Who can mentor me? What internal processes do I need to master?

Tom Sawyer Software recently partnered with Walt Brown, the “Christopher Columbus of the organizational graph,” to create OGraph. This browser-based application created with Tom Sawyer Perspectives combines graph visualization with Brown’s extensive Organizational Cognizance Model to help employees understand their jobs and clearly visualize their roles as contributors to the company.

Viewing the entire organizational graph in Bundle layout quickly reveals connections.
Viewing the entire organizational graph in Bundle layout quickly reveals connections.

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Introducing Tom Sawyer Perspectives Release 9.2.0

Tom Sawyer Perspectives Release 9.2.0

We’re excited to announce the release of Tom Sawyer Perspectives 9.2.0. This version includes exciting new features like:

  • OrientDB developers now have a dedicated integrator, saving coding time
  • Developers can now use The Designer to configure whether the overall graph view zooms in when nested nodes collapse or remain at the same zoom level
  • Improvements to incremental layout of disconnected nodes to better preserve the user’s mental map
  • And more

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Using Tom Sawyer Business Process to Manage a Global Workforce

Using Tom Sawyer Business Process to Manage a Global Workforce

Tom Sawyer Software faces organizational challenges common to businesses like ours. We are a globally distributed company with large, diverse teams managing complex projects with tight deadlines and competing priorities. Sprinkle in time zone differences and communication challenges, and even the simplest of projects becomes difficult to manage. Using the power of Tom Sawyer Perspectives and Business Process Model and Notation (BPMN) 2.0 developed by the Object Management Group (OMG), we developed Tom Sawyer Business Process and began our journey to operational efficiency.

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4 Techniques for Powerful Network Analysis

The huge amount of data being produced makes it difficult to separate what’s important from noise. Once you’ve created a graph visualization of your big data, how do you know what to look for? To focus on what’s important, we use four graph analysis and design techniques to reveal connections in the data and patterns in the structure.

“Successful networks are designed—they don’t just happen.
Knowing a network’s essential design issues—and how to make and when to change design choices—is a crucial part of the practice of building effective social-impact networks.”

– Connecting to Change the World: Harnessing the Power of Networks for Social Impact
by Peter Plastrik, Madeleine Taylor, and John Cleveland

Sometimes, layout choice leads to successful network design. Here, the circular algorithm inherently does analysis to group nodes into clusters.
Sometimes, layout choice leads to successful network design. Here, Circular layout inherently does analysis to group nodes into clusters.

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Adding Dimension with a Swimlane Matrix

Add Dimension with a Swimlane Matrix

Swimlanes organize graph visualizations in a simple, user-friendly manner. Typically, process flows use swimlane diagrams to group components into individual categories, or lanes. Each node represents a task or activity and the lanes organize them by role, function, or department. However, because swimlanes are usually defined along a single axis, they tend to be used as alternatives to other graphical cues like text, coloring, or icons. In this scenario, swimlanes only add one additional dimension of data. What if you could show more?

With the latest release of Tom Sawyer Perspectives, we’re taking our swimlane diagram capability to the next dimension.

In this Purchase Order workflow, the vertical lanes clearly show which tasks belong to which department in the company, while the horizontal lanes define the task type.
In this Purchase Order workflow, the vertical lanes show the days on which tasks need to be performed, while the horizontal lanes define the task type. This helps keep the overall process on schedule.

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Untangle the Hairball with Bundle Layout

Untangle the hairball with Bundle Layout

It’s a tale as old as time: you organize a massive database of facts and figures only to discover that the opening visualization is…a giant hairball! Sure, you can zoom in to 800% and slowly start to see connections, but the time that would take is too exhausting to consider.

Fear not! Our new Bundle Layout, now available in Tom Sawyer Perspectives 9.1.0, makes it possible to untangle, demystify, and succinctly visualize complex datasets.

The hairball visualization (left) is neatly untangled with Bundle Layout (right).
The hairball visualization (left) is neatly untangled with Bundle Layout (right).

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