If you ever tried to create an execution environment to automate business- or integration processes based on Open Source products, you know that this is not an easy task. Although Open Source products like Activiti or Apache Camel are of high quality, they do not run with production grade quality out-of-the-box. For serious usage scenarios typically . . . → Read More: Integrated Process Management with Open Source
(Automated) business processes evolve over time! And they usually evolve faster than IT systems do.
So how can business process changes be delivered to the users quickly?
Let’s look at an example:
Assume we have a process for vacation planning for the staff of a large company. Initially the process was automated based on the knowledge of the human . . . → Read More: Business Process Evolution and Versioning
Are you interested to know how to combine process management, agility and Open Source software? Then the roadshow Agile Process Management with Open Source is for you. It is going to take place in several German cities during autumn 2012. I am going to present ways to achive efficiency in the area of process automation using . . . → Read More: Agile Process Management with Open Source
I have been using the Enterprise Architect modeling tool for many projects. I like the tool especially due to its quick modeling capabilities and productivity. Therefore is ideal for workshops with participants from IT and business. Performing live modeling together with the domain experts is a very efficient approach to gather accurate information related to processes . . . → Read More: BPMN 2.0 Model Interchange with Enterprise Architect, Signavio Modeler and Activiti Designer
It seems that that ServiceMix/Camel and Activiti are growing together as you can read in the blog post Supersize Activiti with Mule ESB and Apache Camel and Deploy Activiti as OSGi Bundles
Activiti has its roots in business process management, whereas Camel comes from the area of enterprise integration. Both allow to describe and automate processes. Activiti . . . → Read More: Combining Activiti and Camel?
My latest article Polyglot Workflows with Activiti and Silverlight has been published in the current issue of JavaSPEKTRUM. After losts of theory in form of articles and conference sessions, I thought it would be a good idea to present a real example. The Activiti engine is an interesting product in the area of BPM. If you go beyond simple demo applications . . . → Read More: Polyglot Workflows with Activiti and Silverlight
The IYOPRO Process Modeler is SaS solution to model business processes over the internet. While several tools like this are avaliable, this one is especially interesting as it combines BPMN and Silverlight, a strong modeling standard and a powerful RIA technology. It looks and feels like a desktop application and is fun to play with.
In some . . . → Read More: New Silverlight BPMN Tool
People asking for the differences between BPMN and BPEL they often hear BPMN is graph oriented whereas BPEL is block oriented. But what does that actually mean and why is it important?
Block orientation means that there is no way back in the process like a goto statement. In BPEL a common workaround is to use loops . . . → Read More: Executable BPMN for Business Analysts?
Now that Activity published the first release (version 5.0) of their Open Source BPMN 2.0 engine and toolset, it was time to integrate it in our Open Source Reference Platform for SOA (OSRP).
Despite some initial weaknesses, such as BPMN error handling, Actitivi is very promising if you are looking for a lightweight, Open Source BPM engine. Especially the . . . → Read More: Activiti and the Open Source Reference Platform
There are three major challenges in using BPMN 2.0 as a holistic (360°) approach to Business Process Management (BPM):
BPMN like all other high-level process languages is context agnostic. This is good, as it allows a wide adoption throughout the industry. On the other hand it means that it does not explicitly express concepts found in business . . . → Read More: Three challenges of BPMN 2.0