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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)


In this chapter, we have built the user interface that our proof-of-concept testers will use to interact with the process definition, which we built in the previous chapter. At this stage, we are not worrying about making the web console look pretty or in adapting it for our specific requirements: we are just going to make do with what is available out of the box. After all, the basic functionality of the jBPM web console is actually quite advanced and really provides more than enough for us to get started. In later chapters, we'll tinker here and there with it and we'll work at making the system more production-ready. But for now, we have our proof-of-concept system ready to go, and in the next chapter we'll see if we can indeed prove that concept.

We have covered:

  • Building task forms

  • Setting up users and groups

  • Deploying the process

  • The elements of the user interface

  • Adding help text to the task forms

  • Obtaining sign-off that the UI is ready to run the proof of concept

Our final deliverable...