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Business Process Management with JBoss jBPM

By : Matt Cumberlidge, Tom Baeyens
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Business Process Management with JBoss jBPM

By: Matt Cumberlidge, Tom Baeyens

Overview of this book

JBoss jBPM is a free, open-source, business process management solution. It enables users to create business processes that coordinate people, applications, and services. A business process is a sequence of activities triggered by a certain input that results in a valuable output. Business Process Management is about analyzing those activities in a structured way and eventually supporting their execution with a workflow application. This allows for the following results: Better management visibility of their business: improved decision making Low cost of inputs: de-skilled labor requirements, less waste, standardized components Better outputs: consistent quality, more customer satisfaction Businesses have always tried to manage their processes, but software such as jBPM brings the methodology and management theory to practical life. JBoss jBPM offers the following key features: Graphical process definition Flexibility to integrate code into the graphical process definition A customizable web-based workflow application that runs the process you’ve defined Easy programming model to extend the graphical process definition A process-oriented programming model (jPDL) that blends the best of process definition languages and Java. Easy to integrate with other systems through the JBoss middleware suite.
Table of Contents (13 chapters)


Installation is not particularly tricky, but there is quite a lot we need to do. We'll walk through it in detail, as it is easy to miss out a required step in the installation. The installation of Java products does generally involve a certain level of technical expertise. This installation tutorial has been designed to be as user friendly as possible, as it would be a shame if we got stuck at the first hurdle.

For the purposes of this installation tutorial, we will assume that your computer is running Windows XP Service Pack 2. You can undoubtedly install all the necessary pieces on other operating systems, but the instructions will probably vary from those presented here. If you find yourself in this situation, then you will find there are plenty of operating system-specific tutorials and instructions available on the Web in the JBoss documentation, readme files, and forums.

Here's what we need to do:

  • Install Java

  • Install the JBoss jBPM engine and the JBoss application server

  • Install...