Announcement: Web-based BPMN modeling with jBPM and Signavio!

About a month ago, I wrote about the collaboration between jBPM and Signavio.

I got many enthousiastic reactions on this announcement, so I’m extremely excited to be able to announce today that the Signavio editor will be bundled with upcoming jBPM 4.1 release. The target release date of jBPM 4.1 is next month, 1st of September … yes, that’s less than a month away!

Also, for those of you who will attend JBoss World next month, don’t miss the presentation of Tom Baeyens. I’m quite convinced he’ll have more of this fine news up his sleeve.

To show that we mean serious business, here’s a sneak peek of the Signavio editor used to create a BPMN model which is stored as jBPM JPDL. Many thanks to the Signavio and Oryx people for the top-notch collaboration!

Click the image below for a 7 minute video screencast. The screencast shows the creation of a simple BPMN process, which is then used in a JBPM unit test.




  1. Andries InzΓ© August 7, 2009

    Any plans on deploying from the web-end?

  2. Jeff Yu August 7, 2009

    This is awesome news. πŸ˜‰

    I am wondering about how big this web editor is? Also, does it bundle with us in a war file, and then simply deploy it under any containers? If it is very easy and small, I would say this is a killer feature.

    Congrats, can’t wait for jBPM 4.1.

  3. Joram Barrez August 7, 2009

    @Andries: not yet. The target audience for the webbased modeler probably doesn’t even know what ‘deploying’ is. We do have plans on making the transition from the business model (webbased) to the development model (eclipse) much much easier. But all in time πŸ˜‰

  4. Joram Barrez August 7, 2009

    @Jeff: you’ll have to wait for 4.1 to see the final result ;-).

    The goal is that the setup is as easy to deploy and use as our current demo setup (one line ant command that sets up application server with correct configured editor).

  5. Heiko Braun August 7, 2009

    That’s great. Congrats. We should look into embedding it into the jbpm console.

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  7. Eric D. Schabell August 10, 2009

    Well done, puts jBPM back in the running as integration process engine for the JBoss stacks! πŸ˜‰

  8. Ronald van Kuijk August 10, 2009

    Cool, nice quick demo btw… great usage of comments in java classes πŸ™‚

    Oh, shall I ‘blog’ about it, so it shows up on the jBPM and JBoss aggregated feed? Is it still not fixed for you?

  9. Joram Barrez August 10, 2009

    @Ronald: yes, if you could do that … it’s still not fixed after having spammed the helpdesk …

  10. Sebastian August 11, 2009

    Thanks for the exciting video screencast. This really looks great but I am not sure if I got the point.

    So let me boil it down to the briefest summary. The Signavio editor will be bundled with the upcoming jBPM release – but how is this possible? As far as I know the editor is just available under a commercial licence meaning you have to pay for it. So Signavio is going to release the source code under an open source licence?

    Any clarification is appreciated.

    Best regards

  11. Torben Schreiter August 11, 2009

    Great to see you guys as amazed about this very first step as we at Signavio are…

  12. Joram Barrez August 11, 2009

    @Sebastian: That’s the idea, yes. jBPM will be shipped with the OSS version of the Signavio editor.
    When jBPM 4.1 is released, we’ll clarify this with a separate post/readme/wiki page/…

  13. Ronald van Kuijk August 11, 2009


    first step, small step, big feet, next step: giant… (think mankind)

  14. Torben Schreiter August 11, 2009

    @Ronald: Cheers to that… πŸ˜‰

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