Alfresco has just released version 5.0 GA of the Activiti engine, an Apache2 licensed BPMN 2.0 implementation. InfoQ talked with project lead Tom Baeyens on the new release. Tom is also the creator and former project lead for the jBPM project.
Open Source Software vendor, WSO2, released last month a comprehensive Eclipse-based development environment for its middleware platform. The tool simplifies the development, test and deployment of services, mediation flows and google gadgets.
Industry analyst Neil Ward-Dutton, writes that the combination of Business Process Management (BPM) and Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) is seen as technically complementary. There are different views on how the two concepts play together, however, the author maintains that there is enough synergy between them to increase business value.
A new three-part post by Neil Ford discusses both the rationale behind SOA implementations and the role large vendors play in distracting them.
A new article by Keith Swenson follows InfoQ’s article “Why BPEL is not the holy grail for BPM” to show BPEL’s limitations and the ways they can be overcome by direct BPMN execution.
Christina Lau introduces IBM’s vision for BPM-as-a-Service: a light-weight BPMN based scripting engine for RESTful services. This vision is well in line with products currently on the market. The product is incubated at Project Zero and will eventually be deployed with WebSphere sMash.
In another one of our online roundtable interviews, we talk with some of the people behind the latest version of the BPMN standard that is progressing through the OMG. We talk with them about BPMN 2.0 as well as XPDL and BPEL4People.
In this article, Pierre Vigneras of open source workflow engine Bonita fame, discusses the pitfalls of using the BPEL for designing workflows.
In a recent survey of Business Process Management vendors found agreement that BPM needs to automate all types of business processes in the future, with distinctions between things like workflow and straight-through processing disappearing. Another area of agreement was the need to base BPM around SOA.
Open source BPM provider Bonita have released version 4.0 of their flagship BPM product, after two years of development. The release includes major updates to the BPM console and designer. InfoQ spoke to Bonita about the release, and the state of the BPM market.
With SOA maturing, it becomes more apparent that many people are getting lost in the “alphabet soup” of the terms that are interpreted and misinterpreted differently by many people. This makes it even harder for people, discussing complex SOA issues, to understand each other.
After the Oracle acquisition of BEA it was not clear how Oracle was going to integrate often competing SOA products in its and BEA’s portfolio. In his presentation last month David Shaffer, VP Product Managemen for, Oracle Integration, described the Oracle-BEA product Strategy and Roadmap for SOA, BPM, Governance and Events.
In this interview, recorded at QCon London, Google architect Gregor Hohpe talks to Stefan Tilkov about his new work on conversation patterns, building upon his earlier work on enterprise integration patterns. Gregor also talks about the similarities and differences in several approaches to cloud computing.
The Apache ODE team announced this month the 1.2 release of the Apache ODE project. These releases includes many new features, including external variables,support for WSDL HTTP binding and REST-style Web Services advanced endpoint configuration, and a lot of small improvements and bug fixes.
With the continuous merging between SOA and BPM, an attention to BPM design and implementation continues to attract the attention of bloggers whose comments span a wide range of problems from business process design to implementation.