3 Essential Ways to Get the Most From Your Organization Chart

Organization charts are essential for many businesses. Next time you’re thinking of upgrading to a modern org chart software, remember these essential things:

1. Search your org chart quickly

Can you imagine trying to read an organization chart that includes hundreds or thousands of employees? It’s an impossible task. That’s why being able to quickly search all of the data in your org chart is such an essential time-saver.

  • Search for anyone who holds the position “Director” (even if you spell it wrong)
  • Search for people named “John”
  • Search for the “Finance” unit


2. Keep your official style and colors consistent in published org charts

Org charts are a great way to communicate with your team, vendors, shareholders, and others. Just like the effort you put into making beautiful marketing material, effort is required to make sure your org charts consistently communicate your brand.

Org charts typically get published as PowerPoint or PDF files. Make sure you can control these key things when you publish:

  • Size, shape, color, shadow, and outline of every org chart box
  • Header, footer, and background styles
  • Fonts, text size, and employee photo placement


3. Automatically update your org chart

After you get everything correct in your organization chart, it’s best not to have to start from scratch each time changes need to be made. Modern org charts should be easy enough to update quickly and often.

Org chart software that can do these things can save you a lot of time.

  • Update org chart data based on an Excel spreadsheet
  • Drag-and-drop org chart boxes for quick changes in meetings
  • Export org chart data so it can be used in other systems

OrgWeaver has you covered

A new version of OrgWeaver was released today that covers these 3 essential ways to get the most out of your org chart. Want to test if OrgWeaver can help you save time and money? It’s easy and free to sign up for an OrgWeaver account.

OrgWeaver Supports Microsoft OneDrive for Business to Save Org Charts in the Cloud

Cloud Software Automatically Generates Microsoft PowerPoint Org Charts. Speeds Up Strategic Org Changes.

OSLO, NORWAY, June 28, 2016 – OrgWeaver from BrightArch today announced support for Microsoft OneDrive for Business to save automatically generated Microsoft PowerPoint org charts to the cloud. Org charts are a strategic tool for leaders, but often are too time consuming to create accurately and share securely. OrgWeaver simplifies org chart creation so that businesses, universities, governments, and non-profits can focus on their strategies instead of on drawing boxes.

Executives, managers, consultants, HR professionals, and finance teams benefit from having up-to-date PowerPoint org charts easily available in OneDrive. New org structure scenarios can be created quickly with OrgWeaver’s online drag-and-drop interface and then exported as PowerPoint files to OneDrive. What used to take hours now takes minutes in OrgWeaver.

“Our customers value simplicity, security, and accuracy when making org charts. By supporting Microsoft OneDrive for Business, we are able to save accurate PowerPoint org charts directly to many of our customers’ preferred cloud storage provider,” said Nick Peters, CEO of BrightArch.

OrgWeaver from BrightArch is a multi-tenant SaaS solution available globally with a monthly or yearly subscription. One hundred positions are included for free by signing up online at https://app.orgweaver.com. BrightArch works with leading consulting firms to implement OrgWeaver for complex organization changes.

“Through integrating OrgWeaver with OneDrive for Business, our joint users can automatically turn data from Excel into PowerPoint org charts that can be saved securely to the cloud,” said Rob Howard, director, Office 365 Ecosystem, Microsoft.

Microsoft OneDrive for Business provides all the benefits of OneDrive for employees’ work files backed by tools to allow IT to protect important company data.

More about OrgWeaver from BrightArch
OrgWeaver is an online organizational chart solution to make smart org charts and implement better org strategies. OrgWeaver serves small and medium businesses (SMB’s) to visualize org structures. Enterprises use OrgWeaver to manage complex reorganizations, mergers, and downsizing processes. Learn more at orgweaver.com. BrightArch AS, an independent private limited company based in Oslo, Norway, makes and supports OrgWeaver.

New OrgWeaver Features = More Time Savings

Want to dive right in to the good stuff? Here’s the new Alphabet / Google org structure created in OrgWeaver

New features. More value.Expanded OrgWeaver org chart
We’re always listening to the needs of the OrgWeaver community and improving the software. Today, we’re announcing some new features that we think you’ll really like.

Publish and share org charts online
Show your org chart to anyone with one simple link.

Smart expand & collapse
One click to expand as many org chart levels as you want.

Save favorite views of your data
Choose exactly what data you want to see in your org structure.

Seeing is believing
Show your customers & colleagues how your structure works.

Example: The new Alphabet / Google org structure

  • Anyone with the link can view it
  • Anyone can expand and collapse the boxes
  • Only the data that was chosen to be published is visible

OrganizationWeaver from BrightArch Chosen to Support Large Post-Merger Integration

Innovative enterprise cloud software was used to manage a complex international change process

OSLO, NORWAY, March 7, 2014 –

BrightArch today announced that their OrganizationWeaver cloud-based software was chosen to support Det Norske Veritas and Germanischer Lloyd’s post-merger integration management selection process. OrganizationWeaver enabled the newly formed company to minimize the risks, time, and cost of merging the two management structures while maintaining control over a global process.

“OrganizationWeaver filled a specific need for us that could not have been met by spreadsheets, ERP systems, or recruiting solutions,” said Cecilie B. Heuch, CHRO, DNV GL.

OrganizationWeaver enabled the companies to meet strict data-protection regulations and provide evidence of compliance with employment law. This allowed them to focus on selecting the right people for the right jobs, communicating openly, minimizing uncertainty for the business, and meeting tight deadlines.

Over 5,000 people used OrganizationWeaver over the course of the 6 month project that began in July 2013 and was completed by the end of December 2013.

The makers of OrganizationWeaver, BrightArch, provided project management support and helped design the process in collaboration with HR personnel.

“We are honored to have supported this successful management selection process. Reorganizations are complicated, and there is a lot of value in taking advantage of the best practices we have built into OrganizationWeaver,” said Nick Peters, CEO of BrightArch.

More about BrightArch

BrightArch AS is a cloud-based software company that provides enterprise solutions for reorganizations, post-merger integrations, and other internal staffing or selection processes. Located in Oslo, Norway, BrightArch develops and supports OrganizationWeaver. OrganizationWeaver is a software as a service (SaaS) that empowers customers to match people to positions during organizational changes in order to realize the full value of their workforce.

DNV GL provides classification and technical assurance along with software and independent expert advisory services to the maritime, oil & gas and energy industries. It also provides certification services to customers across a wide range of industries. DNV GL has not certified or verified BrightArch’s products. The comments in this article are solely the opinions of the individuals who are quoted.

To find out more, please visit orgweaver.com or www.brightarch.com

Nick Peters, CEO
Twitter: @brightarch

OrganizationWeaver uses Nobel Prize winning algorithm

It was with positive surprise we learned yesterday that Alvin E. Roth and Lloyd S. Shapley shared the 2012 Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences for their work on matching supply and demand for everything from single men and women to organ donors and their recipients.

The so-called Gale-Shapley algorithm from 1962, which is the basis for the prize, plays an important role in OrganizationWeaver’s “Match” module.

The algorithm is used to solve the so-called “Stable marriage problem”, which is about how males and females can form couples in such a way that everyone is happy with the result, and no-one wishes to break up. And this is exactly how the algorithm contributes in our staffing workflow: OrganizationWeaver Match combines employees with positions in such a way that employees are happy with the position and the position is filled by a well suited employee. An optimal solution.

It’s worth noting that the simplicity of such an elegant algorithm as the Gale-Shapley algorithm limits its reach somewhat. To extend its applicability to more real world employee matching problems, the OrganizationWeaver Match modules combines this algorithm with several other workflow elements and alternative mathematical matching algorithms. None-the-less, Gale-Shapley is at the core of OrganizationWeaver, and helps our customers build stronger organizations than was previously possible.

We congratulate the worthy winners.

BrightArch Named “Cool Vendor” in HCM by Leading Analyst Firm

Oslo, Norway, May 3, 2011 – BrightArch AS, a leading provider of post-merger integration and organizational restructuring solutions, today announced they have been included in the list of Cool Vendors in the “Cool Vendors in Human Capital Management” report by Thomas Otter, James Holincheck, Jeff Freyermuth, and Koji Motoyoshi of the industry research firm Gartner, Inc.

In the report, Gartner suggests that IT and HR leaders rethink how to “manage mergers and recruitment by improving communication and increasing employee participation through social software.”

The team at BrightArch has been rethinking how to better manage the complexities of staffing the right people to the right job after a merger or reorganization. Launched in 2010, OrganizationWeaver is their flagship software solution that allows for greater employee participation to reach optimal staffing decisions.

“We are pleased that Gartner has recognized OrganizationWeaver’s capabilities, which we believe make reorganizations more social and transparent than traditional methods,” said Tor Kielland, Chairman and CEO of BrightArch. “Done right, being social and transparent can have a significant effect on the bottom line.”

OrganizationWeaver has been developed to meet the specific needs of companies going through a reorganization process. “Companies have often had to choose between a quick or a quality reorganization,” said Kielland, “but OrganizationWeaver gives them the option to have both. The trick is to make and track decisions centrally that are based on insights from all areas of the organization.”

Based out of Oslo, Norway, BrightArch is focusing its efforts on providing OrganizationWeaver to European corporations.

Cool Vendor Disclaimer
About Gartner’s Cool Vendors Selection Process

Gartner’s listing does not constitute an exhaustive list of vendors in any given technology area, but rather is designed to highlight interesting, new and innovative vendors, products and services. Gartner disclaims all warranties, expressed or implied, with respect to this research, including any warranties of merchantability or fitness of a particular purpose.

Gartner defines a cool vendor as a company that offers technologies or solutions that are: Innovative, enable users to do things they couldn’t do before; Impactful, have, or will have, business impact (not just technology for the sake of technology); Intriguing, have caught Gartner’s interest or curiosity in approximately the past six months.

About BrightArch
BrightArch AS is an independent private limited company that provides organizational transformation solutions. Located in Oslo, Norway, BrightArch develops and supports OrganizationWeaver software. OrganizationWeaver is for companies that need to better manage the organizational design and staffing aspects of a post-merger integration, reorganization, or downsizing. To find out more, please visit www.brightarch.com


Nick Peters, Co-founder & CEO
Twitter: @brightarch

BrightArch AS raises financing to bring efficiency to private and public workforce changes

BrightArch AS, the creators of OrganizationWeaver software, announced the closing of their seed round of financing today. Although the terms were not disclosed, the round was led by Kima Ventures and completed by the members of BrightArch’s newly formed board of directors. The board consists of Scandinavian and UK business executives.

OrganizationWeaver is a centralized decision-management solution to design and staff organizations that are going through transformational changes. OrganizationWeaver is primarily used during large mergers, reorganizations, spin-outs, or downsizing processes.

Tor Kielland, Founder and CEO of BrightArch, said, “We are very pleased to close this funding round and bring on such a strong board. With this support, we can offer OrganizationWeaver to private and public clients to help them reduce organizational restructuring duration and costs by up to half.”

Organizational restructuring projects demand vast amounts of information about the organization, its strategy, its employees, and every individual’s competencies and personal goals. Most of this information is either in employees’ minds or spread across different databases and documents. OrganizationWeaver brings all of this information together, arranges it, and allows project teams to collaboratively make and track decisions about the structure and staffing of the organization being transformed.

Founded in January of 2010 after two years of stealth product development, BrightArch has been self-funded until this financing round.

BrightArch AS is an independent private limited company that provides organizational transformation solutions. Located in Oslo, Norway, BrightArch develops and supports OrganizationWeaver software. To find out more, please visit www.brightarch.com

Nick Peters
Twitter: @brightarch


New Tool Set to Reduce Human Capital Risks in Mega-Mergers

Oslo, Norway, May 10, 2010: BrightArch AS launched OrganizationWeaver today, an enterprise software that manages complex human capital decisions during transformational changes. In a post-financial crisis landscape, corporations are reorganizing and merging to meet new challenges. The process of implementing these big changes often increases organizational risks that could damage employee productivity. OrganizationWeaver was created to avoid these risks.



“OrganizationWeaver solves the problem of matching thousands of employees (who have thousands of preferences) to thousands of positions; and doing it in a way that builds trust among stakeholders in a short time frame,” explains BrightArch Founder and CEO, Tor Kielland.

Merger integrations are especially plagued by this problem.

Many studies have documented that mergers tend to fail. A 2007 study by the Hay Group found that “only nine per cent of business leaders considered their deal to have achieved all its original objectives”.With the launch of OrganizationWeaver, those leaders will have a dedicated tool to help increase that success rate.

A beta version of OrganizationWeaver was used to staff 10,000 positions for a Fortune Global 100 company undergoing a merger integration.  “Because we could efficiently manage the process and engage employees, we were able to avoid a lot of the frustration that comes with such a big change. That’s exactly why we’re launching a completely packaged version of OrganizationWeaver today; to replicate that success for other clients” said Mr. Kielland.

This should be welcome news to the leaders and employees of companies that have recently announced mega-mergers. United/Continental or Kraft/Cadbury should be keen to avoid the organizational risks that plagued mergers like HP/Compaq or AOL/Time Warner.

OrganizationWeaver consists of three integrated modules that manage the organization design process, collect employee preferences, and streamline the staffing process. It is available in a Lite hosted version, or an Enterprise on-site version.

OrganizationWeaver has been under development by BrightArch since December 2007.


BrightArch AS is an innovative provider of human capital transformation solutions. Located in Oslo, Norway, BrightArch develops and supports OrganizationWeaver. To find out more, please visit www.brightarch.com