Feeds

JBoss moves up to business processes

Introducing jBPM...

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Choosing a cloud hosting partner with confidence

After a series of announcements last month JBoss has announced JBoss jBPM, their first step into business process management.

They have taken the Java Business Process Management project (jBPM), founded by Tom Baeyens, and made changes so that it meets the stringent requirements of its professional open source environment. Version 1 of jBPM was released in December 2003 so this first JBoss version is known as jBPM V2.0.

jPBM is a workflow engine that can be incorporated into Java projects with ease, and is designed to scale to support the most complex workflow patterns. It is built to support its own internal process definition language (JPDL) which is designed to support all the major standards and specifications, most importantly BPEL, but also BPELJ, BPML, BPSS, ebXML, WSCI and XPDL. In the next release it is intended to support BPEL natively.

jBPM is a standard Java application and will run on top of any suitable Java engine including IBM and BEA, as well as the JBoss Application Server. By definition this should be true but it is also good news for enterprises that are interested in jBPM but already have an application server installed and do not, at least in the short term, wish to add further to their complexity. It is also good for JBoss as it gives it a potential foot in the door which it may be able to use to promote other products.

JBoss plan to ship V3 within a year which, besides the native BPEL, will include a comprehensive workflow management system (rather than just an engine), a BPM GUI using Eclipse (following JBoss's recent joining of the Eclipse foundation), and integration with JBoss Nukes (their portal).

To ensure that jBPM continues to progress successfully, Tom Baeyens has joined JBoss as an IT architect and will continue to guide jBPM development.

This announcement shows JBoss's determination to be a major, and growing, player in the Java server space. jBPM V2 makes it attractive for ISV and enterprises to investigate this technology in more depth including some deployments. However, I think that V3 will make it a real contender in this space.

Copyright © 2004, IT-Analysis.com

Related stories

'Black box' software probes app crashes
New desktop Java - come and get it
Busy month for JBoss

Remote control for virtualized desktops

More from The Register

next story
Euro Parliament VOTES to BREAK UP GOOGLE. Er, OK then
It CANNA do it, captain.They DON'T have the POWER!
Download alert: Nearly ALL top 100 Android, iOS paid apps hacked
Attack of the Clones? Yeah, but much, much scarier – report
NSA SOURCE CODE LEAK: Information slurp tools to appear online
Now you can run your own intelligence agency
Post-Microsoft, post-PC programming: The portable REVOLUTION
Code jockeys: count up and grab your fabulous tablets
Twitter App Graph exposes smartphone spyware feature
You don't want everyone to compile app lists from your fondleware? BAD LUCK
Microsoft: Your Linux Docker containers are now OURS to command
New tool lets admins wrangle Linux apps from Windows
prev story

Whitepapers

Go beyond APM with real-time IT operations analytics
How IT operations teams can harness the wealth of wire data already flowing through their environment for real-time operational intelligence.
A strategic approach to identity relationship management
ForgeRock commissioned Forrester to evaluate companies’ IAM practices and requirements when it comes to customer-facing scenarios versus employee-facing ones.
Why CIOs should rethink endpoint data protection in the age of mobility
Assessing trends in data protection, specifically with respect to mobile devices, BYOD, and remote employees.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
Seattle children’s accelerates Citrix login times by 500% with cross-tier insight
Seattle Children’s is a leading research hospital with a large and growing Citrix XenDesktop deployment. See how they used ExtraHop to accelerate launch times.