Some users want to use JBoss Business Process Management Suite (BPMS), or its upstream jBPM Open Source Business Process Management solution, as a documentation tool as well as an executing engine for business processes and business rules, but…
BPMS is not designed as a documentation tool
BPMS has some metadata search capability but not sufficient for the scenario customers have in mind
Customers want a much more powerful search capability
Customers want a single source of truth for all business assets for both documentation and execution purposes
THE MISSION: ENHANCE THE DOCUMENTATION AND SEARCHING CAPABILITIES OF BPMS/BRMS
I created a couple of youtube videos suggesting how this could be done:
The first video defines the mission and discusses 2 approaches to achieve the mission.
The second video describes how I created a prototype and how it looks like and works. The searching capabilities is on a different level from that of BPMS’.
However, more work needs to be done to realise a proper solution for the problem. I shall be adding more videos when new ideas come to mind. Stay tuned!
In the previous installment, I outlined the use case or business scenario we are implementing using the 3 JBoss middleware products. In this installment, I am going to describe the Fuse to Business-as-a-service (Business rules application on the Realtime Decision Server) integration which validates the XML data and the Fuse to BPMS integration which kicks off a business process instance for a mortgage application as well as the Fuse to JBoss Data Virtualisation integration. Continue reading Making JBoss Fuse, Data Virtualisation and BPMS Work Together – Part 2
Red Hat has been using the phrase “Accelerate, Integrate and Automate”, for sometime now, to explain its comprehensive middleware portfolio to its customers. Red Hat middleware does not work in isolation. It is imperative that these different middleware products can work together to achieve a business outcome.
In this article, I am going to show you how to make the 2 “Integrate” products: JBoss Fuse (Fuse), JBoss Data Virtualisation (JDV) and the “Automate” products: JBoss Business Process Management Suite (BPMS)/JBoss Business Rules Management System (BRMS) work together. Since BPMS/BRMS and JDV run on JBoss Application Server (EAP), I can even claim that this example involves middleware products of all 3 categories ie, Accelerate, Integrate and Automate. Continue reading Making JBoss Fuse, Data Virtualisation and BPMS Work Together – Part 1
With the release of BPMS/BRMS 6.3 back in May, I think it is time for me to embark on a journey to explore its new features. What better to do than migrate an existing business rules application which I deployed on the Realtime Decision Server in BPMS 6.1 to 6.3’s new Intelligent Process Server. A piece of cake, so I thought… Continue reading BPMS/BRMS 6.3: An Intelligent Process Server Odyssey
Have you ever lamented over how difficult it is to test a CEP application, let alone doing a demo? Common challenges include:
How to generate events for testing a CEP application?
How to demo a CEP application?
Cannot be real-time, it takes too long
Lack of infrastructure during demo
Need repeatable outcome
In this article, I am going to show you a framework that I developed which allows you to define external events in a CSV file, play them back to your CEP application in demonstrations in accelerated time. This framework can also be used to generate a large volume of events based on event arrival distribution either in realtime or accelerated time to load test your CEP application. It is such a versatile tool that you can even use it to perform discrete event simulation (not described in this article).
The framework solves all the problems listed earlier by allowing you to:
Configure load to drive your CEP application
Run your CEP application in accelerated time
See the results quickly
Use it as a reusable infrastructure for CEP application testing and demos
Achieve repeatable outcome
Examples will be provided to showcase the capabilities of the framework including playing back configured events for a CEP application and realtime load generation using JBoss Fuse/A-MQ and event arrival patterns (distributions).
This article is divided into the following main sections:
The Optometrist CEP Application – this CEP application shows how to configure individual events to drive the CEP application in a CSV file.
The Stock Price CEP Application – this is a simple CEP Application which illustrates the event generation capability based on event arrival distribution.
Realtime Load Generation via Fuse and A-MQ integration – this section illustrates how realtime load generation can be achieved running multiple instances of the load generator to feed the Stock Price application via Fuse and A-MQ by applying software design patterns to loosely couple the load generator and the CEP application.
How it works – shows the UML class diagram containing the load testing framework classes, their attributes, operations and relationships. It also describes how the framework works including how the load generator is loosely coupled to your CEP application using the Observer design pattern.
(This article assumes some basic knowledge of the JBoss BPM Suite including using Business Central.)
JBoss BPMS forms are generated and customised by business analysts when they create business processes. The forms are usually used for kicking off a business process instance and interacting with the user when the process reaches a user task eg, for a manager to manually approve a loan. Few customers use the forms on the BPMS Execution Servers. They prefer to build a web application that interacts with a business process remotely running on a BPMS Execution Server to gain fine-grained access control, consistent look-and-feel and better client interaction. The main issue is how to use the forms generated on the BPMS server from the web application. There was no easy way to do that until the recent release of JBoss BPMS 6.1. Continue reading Building a JBoss BPMS Web Application using jBPM Form API
This article assumes some basic knowledge of the JBoss BPM Suite including using Business Central.
JBoss BPM Suite (BPMS) and JBoss Business Rule Management System (BRMS) 6.1 introduced a new component called the Real-time Decision Server (RTDS). Rule projects built using BPMS can be deployed directly onto the Real-time Decision Server via Business Central. Applications can instantiate and execute rules on the RTDS using either a REST or JMS interface.
In this article, I am going to show you how you can build a rule-based application without writing even a single line of Java code. The application aims to rate locations for placement of mobile speed cameras. It is an example application I made up and is not being used by any Police Departments. My simplified speed camera placement rating criteria are based on: Continue reading Building a JBoss BPMS Rules Application without Writing Code