RELEASE 3.0 STARTED

We are now starting the next release of the Imixs Workflow 3.0

See: http://java.net/jira/browse/IMIXS_WORKFLOW-90

The general idea behind the new 3.0 release was to make use of the new EJB 3.1 container features. Because the current Imxis EntityServiceBean is in some methodes a little bit deprecated. One reason was the early implementation in the beginning of JEE5. The JPA methods are optimized for Toplink Driver which is no longer supported. So its time to make an Update!

General requirements for the new Workfow Engine

  • Replace the Entity Bean based on ItemCollection with a Map Interface
  • Use of EJB 3.1 features (JPA Map Feature)
  • Simplify the packaging (Light EJB API)
  • Optimize Scheduler Feature (persist settings in a entity)
  • No changes to the Workflow Service API – to make migration easy

Migration

A Migration is necessary as one of the main goals is to pesist no longer the ItemCollection Object but a simple portable Map Interface.
So we need a way to migrate application from Version 2.x to 3.0. As we learned in migrations from 1.x to 2.x this is not an easy work.
The goal of the new migration strategy must be a background migration.
So a tool should migrate workitems from a old datastorage into a new one running independed of a productive workflow app. This can be done by monitoring the $modified timestamp. As we know most of the data will not be changed during migration this can be done easily .

IMIXS WORKFLOW – REPORT GENERATOR FOR PDF

With the latest version of Imixs Workflow now business reports can be created in a lot of different output formats like PDF, MS Excel, MS Word or any other XSL Transformation. Read more about the Imixs Workflow REST Interface and how it works.

http://www.imixs.org/xml/restservice.html

Imixs Workflow did not only empower you in building bpm solutions based on the JEE plattform. It also gives you a flexible architecture to fulfill business requirements like compliance features, creation of business reports and securing confidential business data in a fast and easy way.

WHY ARE CHANGING THE REQUIREMENTS IN A SOFTWARE PROJECT SO OFTEN?

For several years I have developed even business applications for small, medium and large organizations. Actually, I should have learned a lot about what customers need. But like most software developers I am always surprised about endless changes during the project. You start a new software project but when you are approaching the end your customers have new ideas. Why is that? Continue reading “WHY ARE CHANGING THE REQUIREMENTS IN A SOFTWARE PROJECT SO OFTEN?”

JPA – WORKING WITH GENERIC VALUE OBJECTS

Working with generic value objects and jpa is shown by the implementation of the ImixsEntityService EJB. This service ejb is provided by the Imixs Workflow Project. It can be used to store objects independent from a specific Entity Bean. Also queries with JPQL are possible.
See: http://www.imixs.org/jee/examples/entityservice.html

BPM SOLUTION FOR GLASSFISH AND JBOSS

Imixs Software Solutions GmbH presents with the Open Source project “Imixs Workflow” a Business Process Management (BPM) solution for Glassfish and JBoss Application Servers. Glassfish and JBoss are open source application servers based on the Java EE specification. These server platforms are widely-used by a lot of small and medium companies. The Imixs JEE Workflow components can be seamlessly integrated into Glassfish 2.1, 3.0 and JBoss 5.0 and 6.0 infrastructure. Thus the project provides a highly scalable and robust BPM solution. The Imixs workflow project makes use from the powerful component framework provided by the Java EE specification. All Imixs Workflow Java EE components are implemented as Enterprise Session and Entity EJBs. This makes it very easy to integrate these components in a new or existing enterprise software project. Continue reading “BPM SOLUTION FOR GLASSFISH AND JBOSS”

THE ADVANTAGE OF BPM SOLUTIONS BASED ON JAVA EE

One of the most important advantages of the Imixs Workflow Engine is the fact that Imixs Workflow is based on the Java Enterprise Plattform (Java EE). A Java EE application server can handle transactions, security, scalability, concurrency and management of the components that are deployed to it. So all the features and characteristic from the Java EE plattform are also part of Imixs Workflow. Here are some examples: Continue reading “THE ADVANTAGE OF BPM SOLUTIONS BASED ON JAVA EE”

IMIXS WORKFLOW RUNS ON JBOSS APPLICATION SERVER

The Imixs JEE Workflow components are successfully tested on the latest release of JBoss Application Server V 5.1.0.GA (JBossAS 5). The JBoss Application Server is the one of the most widely used Java application servers on the market.

The Imixs JEE Workflow is a full featured Workflow Management System (WFMS) based on the Java EE5 specification and fulfills the requirements to a scalable, transactional, robust and simple deployable Java EE Workflow System.
JBoss 5 for the Java EE5 codebase fully complies with the Java EE5 specification. So the JBossAS 5 is an ideal platform for Workflow Management Systems based on the Imixs Open Source Workflow.
The Imixs JEE Project site provides additional Installation guides for JBoss and also informations about deployment strategies to get best results running the Imixs Worklow on JBoss Application Server.

Read more about the Imixs Java EE Workflow System.

Comparison of JBoss JBPM and Imixs-Workflow

If you take a closer look at the Imixs Workflow Project you may ask yourself if the project is different to other Workflow Engines like JBoss JBPM or Activiti. In this blog will try to do a short comparison of JBPM and Imixs-Workflow. This comparison is not in technical detail but it should give an overview about the goals of the two open source projects. First I want to point out that Imixs-Workflow and JBPM are not rivals in the BPM market. Both projects are open source, both projects try to find solutions for similar but not equal problems in business process management and at least, both project use the same Eclipse-BPMN modeling platformContinue reading “Comparison of JBoss JBPM and Imixs-Workflow”