Object Lifecycles (a.k.a State Machines) have been for the most part ignored by developers, architects and business process practitioners alike. A group of researchers from IBM Zurich has just released an Object Lifecycle modeling tool that complements and link with executable Business Process models.
Although OMG is not scheduled to get to BPMN 2.0 until August/September timeframe, the initial announcements about its possible directions have caused a lot of activities on the Web.
JBoss is close to releasing version 1.0 of their "Process Virtual Machine", an ambitious project that seeks to provide a definition language agnostic process execution engine. InfoQ spoke with project lead Tom Baeyens about the project, and how the PVM changes the BPM landscape.
BPMN's adoption is increasing rapidly. In this post, we review some recent activity such as the publication of BPMN 1.1 by the OMG, a tutorial on how to use the Eclipse SOA Tools Platform to "Execute Business Processes" and a comprehensive 120 minute tutorial on BPMN by Bruce Silver.
In the past couple of weeks, two major reports on "The State of BPM in 2008" were published by BPTrends and BEA. The reports show a fast growing market lead by major SOA infrastructure vendors, a significant growth of the adoption of BPMN and a steady growth of BPEL. Drivers for adopting a BPM approach range from cost savings to compensating for missing functionality in enterprise applications.
Tom Baeyens wrote a summary of the state of Workflow & BPM standards and tools. After a detailed look at BPEL, BPMN, and other technologies such as choreography, XPDL, BPDM, jPDL, Tom takes the stance that it is time to abandon the idea that non-technical business analysts can draw production-ready software in diagrams and separate the analysis process models and executable process models.
In a new InfoQ article, Jean-Jacques Dubray explores a new architecture blueprint for BPMSs that offers a cleaner alignment between SOA and BPM. Jean-Jacques argues that after more than eight years of intense research, we are still far from having the ability to use the business process models designed by business analysts to create complete executable solutions.
John Raynolds asked recently the question: "Why do java developers hate BPM?". His controversial post generated a lot of comments that speak more generally about the growing divide between modeling environments and development environments, and the role of the business in traditional development cycles.
Intalio last week released their open source based BPM System - Intalio|BPMS 5.0, including amongst other things a BPMN Editor and a BPEL server engine. The release is a milestone for Intalio in their effort to realise a complete solution for their BPM 2.0 vision. InfoQ took the opportunity to interview Ismael Ghalimi, Intalio CEO, and Arnaud Blandin, EMEA Director, about the new release.
SOA is often understood in terms of technical tools and software solutions. Dan North believes that this may prevent architects from focusing on its essence: thorough mapping and modeling of core business processes. He shows how to design SOA in a "technology-agnostic" way so that business can play an important role in identifying SOA requirements without being constrained by technical decisions.
Metastorm, the maker of the Metastorm BPM Suite, has acquired Proforma, an Enterprise Architecture/Process Modeling tool vendor. The acquisition makes Metastorm one of the few vendors able to offer BPM and EA Modeling together.
IBM has been working on Innov8, a 3D video game SOA/BPM simulator. At the moment only a demo and screen shots are available, and the game is set to be available in September. The game aims to teach an introductory level understanding of BPM enabled by SOA, including the typical steps of a BPM project and real world experiences of IBM's expert BPM practitioners.
The relationship between Business Process Management and Service Oriented Architecture is now well established. BPMN is a key ingredient of the Composite Application vision if we ever want to make business process definitions explicit within our application model. The BPM group at the Queensland University is looking for contributors for a BPMN survey.
Boris Lublinsky and Didier Le Tien discuss how business process engines and business rule engines differ, where their respective strengths are and when to use what in an SOA context. They discuss commonalities and differences between business rules and business processes and present some guidelines on positioning business rules in SOA implementation and appropriate usage of each technology.
Microsoft already supports BPEL in its ESB product BizTalk Server. Now the company has announced its plans to support BPEL within the Windows Workflow Foundation (WF), which is integrated into Windows Vista. BPEL will be supported by a set of WF activities available as BPEL for Windows Workflow Foundation.