Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Activiti 5.0 Released - Open Source BPM Suite

Activiti is a new open source BPM (Business Process Management) suite jointly created by Alfresco, Camunda, Atos Origin, Signavio, and other contributors including SpringSource.

Allow me to reproduce their announcement below :

Today we are very proud to announce the first official release for General Availability (GA) of Activiti. In less then 9 months after we left the jBPM team, we've built a broad collaborating community and together we've build the next generation BPM Platform and an astonishing feature list.

There are a couple of crucial decisions Alfresco took when launching Activiti that made these spectacular results possible. First the combination of the liberal Apache license with the new BPMN 2.0 standard rocks. 2 of the community companies are actually in the BPMN 2.0 specification: Alfresco and Camunda.
Timing of the standard and this new project has very good to us as well. Alfresco's gave us the opportunity as ex-jBPM founders to build Activiti as a separate brand and run it as an independent project. That really has been a boost to build this broad community quickly. Given that this strategy has played out even beyond our initial high expectations, we believe we're in for a profound impact on the BPM world.

Here's an overview of what's in this first final release:

Activiti Engine
  • Easy embeddable (just include the .jar)
  • Excellent Spring integration (contributed by SpringSource)
  • Support for all common BPMN 2.0 elements
  • Easy to link any type of Java to process steps
  • Event listeners
  • Transactional timers
  • Audit trails
  • Flexible transaction management
  • Extremely fast / minimal execution overhead
  • Full Query API
  • REST interface

Activiti Explorer
  • Easy task management
  • Starting new process instances
  • Claiming group tasks
  • Starting processes andcompleting tasks with or without forms
  • Easy deployment of forms with processes

Activiti Probe

  • Operational management console
  • Managing deployment
  • Business archive file upload
  • Managing jobs
  • View database table contents

Activiti Designer
  • Contributed by Tijs, Ron, Tiese and Yvo from Atos Origin
  • Eclipse plugin
  • New Activiti project and diagram wizzards
  • Graphical process modeling
  • Form support for Activiti extensions
  • Pluggable activity types! Fully documented!
  • Unit test generation
  • Validation with errors showing in Eclipse Problem view

Activiti Cycle
  • Contributed by Camunda
  • BPM collaboration done right
  • Spans business users, developers and system admins
  • Repos: Activiti Modeler, SVN, JIRA, File system
  • Linking of artifacts in repos
  • Pluggable actions depending on the artifact type

Activiti Modeler
  • Contributed by Signavio
  • Web based graphical BPMN 2.0 authoring
  • Saves models in a shared file based repository
  • Very intuitive to use!

Other integration contributions

Special thanks to Next Level Integration for hosting the continuous integration hudson service!
We're also very excited about the Manning book for which the early access program will start real soon. Watch out for Activiti in Action by Tijs Rademakers en Ron van Liempd.

But all this just means that you can start using Activiti now and that we can get started on the 5.1 ;-)
Download Activiti
Here are the instructions to get up and running in less then a minute.
What are you waiting for ?!

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