Grapholite – a business analysis tool

This tool was recommended by the trainer on a recent Learning Tree course and I was drawn to it because of the combination of online and offline capabilities as well as support for mobile and tablet devices.

Grapholite, available here, can produce flowcharts, floor plans, office layouts, uml diagrams, organizational charts, mind maps, venn charts, bpmn diagrams, web-site structures and wireframes, technical drawings, network layouts, ui mockups and other graphic layouts.

Its not a free tool but it does have a perpetual license rather than a subscription model. The UML and BPM diagrams – used in Business Analysis are simple and quick to assemble and easy to master.  The themes are a quick way to present in a different fashion – for example you can introduce a more sketchy look to all your symbols by applying the appropriate theme.

You can also establish your own “house” theme which can be useful in identifying areas for discussion/ further analysis when doing requirements workshops or other requirements gathering / analysis.

The combination of online and offline availability mean that you can use the tool when sitting with stakeholders or collaborating with other team members.

Well worth taking this application for a spin if you are in the market for a diagramming tool.