News

Eclipse Oxygen and BPMN 2.0

Eclipse Oxygen (Version 4.7), which will be released in June of this year, includes also the next version of the BPMN2 Modeler Tool. The Eclipse BPMN2 Modeler is a graphical modeling tool for authoring business processes based on the Business Process Model and Notation (BPMN) 2.0. read more »

Architecture

Why Imixs-Workflow Builds on Java EE

The Open Source Workflow Project Imixs-Workflow has started in 2007 with the beginnings of the new Java EE platform. From then until now, th Java Enterprise Platform has evolved dramatically and is today, with its current version v7, a robust and widely used enterprise architecture.

Why is it so important to our Open Source project to build on Java EE? read more »

Development News

Email Templates with Imixs-Workflow

With the latest release of Imixs-Workflow the open source workflow engine supports now Email Templates. With this new feature the email output can be based on a XSL Template. This opens up a powerful way to configure the mail content of more complex e-mail messages during the lifecycle of a business process.

Email Templates

The new template mode can be easily configured using the Imixs-BPMN Modeling Tool by putting a valid XSL document into the mail body definition. The template will be processed automatically with the XML representation of the current workitem.

See the following XSL Template example:

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8" ?>
<xsl:stylesheet xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml"
 xmlns:xsl="http://www.w3.org/1999/XSL/Transform" version="1.0">
 <xsl:output method="html" media-type="text/html" indent="no"
 encoding="ISO-8859-1" />
 <xsl:template match="/">
  <html>
    <body>
     <h1>Welcome</h1>
     <h2>
       <xsl:value-of select="document/item[@name='txtname']/value" />
     </h2>
    </body>
  </html>
 </xsl:template>
</xsl:stylesheet>

Imixs-Workflow supports the BPMN 2.0 standard and is build up on the Java EE specification. For that reason, it is easy to connect the open source workflow engine with a mail host in various ways. Open Source Mail servers as also Microsoft Exchange are supported. Find more details about the Imixs-MailPlugin in the plugin section of the project documentation.

News

New Release – Imixs-BPMN Report 1.4.6

The new version 1.4.6 of the Imixs-BPMN Plugin is released. The new release includes bugfixes and enhancements. The Imixs-BPMN Report Plugin which is part of the Imixs-BPMN modelling tool now provides a new feature to directly include the content of a XSL file into a report definition:

Imixs-BPMN Report 1.4.6

Reports allow the extraction of information from a Imixs-Workflow instance. Imixs-Workflow provides a flexible REST-API to customize the output of a report. This includes the XSL Transformation. With this feature, workflow information can be transformed in any kind of output, like XML, JSON and also different document formats like PDF or MS-Word or MS-Excel.

The workflow business suite Imixs-Office-Workflow includes a management dashboard with different char diagrams to visualize relevant business process data.

Imixs-Office-Workflow with Imixs-BPMN Report 1.4.6

Imixs-BPMN is based on the Eclipse BPMN2 Project. The installation guide for Imixs-BPMN can be found here.

Architecture Development

How to use Environment Variables in WildFly Docker Containers

When setting up a Wildfly server, it is possible to use environment variables in the standalone.xml file by using the Bean Shell expression.

See the following example which sets up the database, user and password in a database configuration in the standalone.xml file by accessing environment variables:

<datasource jta="true" jndi-name="java:/jdbc/my_datasource" pool-name="my_pool" enabled="true" use-ccm="true">
    <connection-url>${env.POSTGRES_CONNECTION}</connection-url>
    <driver-class>org.postgresql.Driver</driver-class>
    <driver>postgresql</driver>
    <security>
      <user-name>${env.POSTGRES_USER}</user-name>
      <password>${env.POSTGRES_PASSWORD}</password>
    </security>
</datasource>

With the Bean Shell expression it is not necessary to turning parameters into System Properties: just use the expression:

${env.SYSTEM_ENVIRONMENT_VAR}

Especially when running wildfly in a docker container, this can be very helpful, because you can pass through environment variables to the container:

docker run --name="wildfly" -d -p 8080:8080 -p 9990:9990 \
    -e WILDFLY_PASS="admin_password" \
    -e POSTGRES_USER="my-postgres-user" \
    -e POSTGRES_PASSWORD="mypassword" \
    -e POSTGRES_CONNECTION="jdbc:postgresql://postgres/mydb" \
    imixs/wildfly

Also in combination with docker-compose environment variables can be set in the docker-compose.yml file. See the next example of a docker-compose.yml file, which sets up a postgres service and a wildfly service with a connection pool configuration as defined before in the standalone.xml:

postgres:
 image: postgres:9.6.1
 environment:
 POSTGRES_PASSWORD: mypassword
 POSTGRES_DB: mydb

mywildflyservice:
 image: imixs/mywildfly
 environment:
 POSTGRES_USER: "my-postgres-user"
 POSTGRES_PASSWORD: "mypassword"
 POSTGRES_CONNECTION: "jdbc:postgresql://postgres/mydb"
 ports:
 - "8080:8080"
 - "9990:9990"
 - "8787:8787"
 links: 
 - postgres:postgres

This is an example, which we use in combination with the wildfly docker container provided by the Imixs-Workflow project.

Architecture Development

Don’t model Business Behavior in Objects!

During the past years I saw many projects where nearly any kind of business requirements was modeled into the technical object model, independent of the reason of the requirement. In many cases, modelling business requirements into a technical object model is quite ok and I agree with it in general. But also modelling business requirements into the affected business objects can lead into a ugly and complicated data structure. Let’s look into a short example to illustrate my thoughts: read more »

Architecture

How to Integrate Imixs-Workflow with Single Sign On

Imixs-Workflow can now be easily combined with the Open Source Identity and Access Management solution Keycloak. Keycloak is an Open Source Identity and Access Management Server which can be used together with Wildfly to authenticate users with a modern authentication mechanism based on OpenID Connect SAML and OAuth. This is a short tutorial how to setup the Single Sign On Server Keycloak and configure the Imixs-Workflow to authenticate users. read more »

Architecture Development

How to secure Business Objects

This post explains how you can secure your business objects in a model driven way, using the Imixs-Workflow engine.

Most applications deal with security in a functional way. This means that a business application typically defines different functional roles which are mapped to different users. For example let’s look on a simple Ordering System. In an Ordering System, we will have roles like

  • Order-Creator‘ – creating the order
  • Order-Approver‘ – validating and approving
  • Order-Executor‘ – execution

These roles are typical for such an business application and mostly tightly coupled to the corresponding business methods – e.g. createOrder(), approveOrder() and executeOrder(). This works well in a monolithic business application where you can control the security layers as also the business logic. But as more complex the business application becomes, also the enclosed security becomes more complicated. For modern application design, in addition, you often have to deal with external web services and business logic which need to be adapted easily to changing requirements. So this static security model leads into a hell of hard coded business rules or, what is worse, can no longer guarantee the security. read more »

News

Imixs-Workflow 4.0 released!

These days, the open source project Imixs-Workflow has released the latest major version 4.0.1.

The new release includes a number of improvements concerning performance and stability. Version 4.0. is now based on Java 8 and can be run with any Java EE 7 application server. In addition to a long list of improvements, the Lucene search engine technology is now fully integrated into the Imixs-Workflow engine. Thus, the open source framework provides much more flexibility in data access and allows a faster integration into existing business solutions.

Imixs-BPMN

Also the BPMN modeling tool Imixs-BPMN has been improved in the wake of the new release. The Eclipse BPMN2 plug-in enables the process analyst to document and describe workflows based on the BPMN 2.0 standard. These kind of models can be executed by Imixs-Workflow immediately without the need of a redeployment or code changes. Also, business rules can be modeled as part of a workflow, so even complex business processes can be described in a model.

Imixs-Workflow 4.0

The Imixs Open Source Project is hosted on GitHub with a large number of extensions and tools to be used to integrate the workflow engine into individual business applications. Thus Imixs-Workflow offers an enormous potential for software companies and large software projects in terms of agility and cost reduction. With the support of the BPMN 2.0 standard the business processing an application can be changed easily at runtime and without extensive refactoring or code changes.

News

Open Source Workflow Engine on the IT & Business Trade Fair 2016

This year, the Imixs Software Solutions GmbH presents the latest major release of the open source workflow engine Imixs-Workflow 4.0.0 at the IT & Business Trade Fair.

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Bildnachweis Messe Stuttgart

Imixs-workflow is a so called “human-centric workflow engine”. Human-centric BPM means to support human skills and activities by a task orientated workflow-engine. The Imixs-Workflow project provides a powerful framework for the development of human-centric business applications. Imixs-Workflow can control, monitor and optimize any kind of business process between employees, customers and suppliers. This topic is currently also well known under the headline “Social Collaboration”. In contrast to a simple ad-hoc workflow approach, Imixs-Workflow allows the development of professional business applications and the integration of business process management into existing IT architectures. Imixs-Workflow also follows the approach of a microservice architecture and can for example be run easily in a docking container.

The new release includes significant improvements in performance and stability. Which a new database schema and the integration of the Lucene-search technology, the Imixs-Workflow engine is now much faster and can be easily integrated in custom software projects. With the Eclipse-based modelling tool ‘Imixs-BPMN‘ a business process can be developed according to a model-driven software development approach. Changes in the business logic or in the business process itself can be deployed at run time. This leads to a significant reduction of development cycles in an agile software development environment.

For software companies and larger projects, Imixs-Workflow shows a huge potential for improvements in the area of agility and cost reduction. With the support for BPMN 2.0, business logic can be changed easily and without costly re-factoring. The Imixs Software Solutions GmbH supports companies in the development and implementation of workflow solutions and offers also training and individual workshops.

The new version is expected to be released finally in September 2016. The open source project is available on GitHub, and provides a lot of examples and modules. Visitors of the IT & Business Trade Fair can inform themselves between Oct. 04.-06. in Stuttgart. Discussions about Imixs-Workflow can be made together with workflow experts at booth 1G33.2.

6064633_29_08_16-300x250IT & Business, DMS EXPO and CRM-Expo are merging to form a single event: the new IT & Business. Under one brand and under the roof of the largest hall at the Stuttgart Trade Fair, exhibitors will show how companies can work more efficiently, simply, safely and economically by means of optimising their operational processes.