Reactions to the Activiti launch

Monday morning, the world witnessed the birth of Activiti. And people saw that it was good. The stream of blogs, newsposts and tweets was unstoppable.

I tried to keep track of every item that appeared online, which was almost a fulltime job. But now the dust has settled (a bit), here is a list of interesting reactions to the Activiti launch.

Blogs

For a tech audience, blogs are the no. 1 news sources. Here’s a pick of what I’ve seen passing by in the blogosphere. Do let me know if I missed one!

  • Tom’s blog, which triggered the start of the rollercoaster ride.
  • Sandy Kemsley, renowned BPM analyst, wrotea an objective analysis of the Activiti platform. She is eager to see how Activiti will evolve. And we won’t dissapoint her.
    • BPM expert Scott Francis of BP3 wrote a very motivating blogpost. He actually downloaded the distribution and played with it. Let me quote him a few times here
  • “Did I mention that the whole stack ran just fine, natively, on my Mac as well as a Windows VM?”
  • “The documentation is already pretty comprehensive, and gets down to no-nonsense details (not true for many commercial products).”
  • “I think the market is ripe for an open source BPM platform that leverages standard underlying technologies and is built from the beginning to allow for cloud-based deployment”
  • “We may end up investing some time in the project ourselves.”

Activiti is likely to shake-up the BPM market with a ubiquitous project that supports the BPMN 2.0 standard from the Object Management Group.

business processes and work-flow are aspects of most business software and integrating embeddable BPM will be a key element in reducing the cost of business software development.

  • “Bravo pour cette initiative, à la sauce Apache, une licence business friendly …”

But the Activiti announcement wasn’t rainbows and puppies for a few, which led to the post from Active Endpoints. Thanks for the recognition guys! I was surprised to see that they see us as competitor :-). I really like the picture (reminded me of one of my favourite cartoons):-) Anyway, I can’t put it more obvious then Sandy Kemsley did:

Activiti BPM : it’s neither fish nor fowl – stinging commentary on view that BPEL is dead, by a BPEL-based vendor 🙂


Twitter

The heartbeat of the internet, Twitter, was (and is) buzzing of the announcement. At the time of writing, I counted around 250-300 tweets directly related to Activiti. I didn’t check for typos or querying on alfresco, personal names, etc, which would even up that number.

A small selection:

  • (vtri) Looking forward to see how Activiti kicks on within #Alfresco. Always felt jBPM wasn’t growing to its potential. Could be very exciting…

  • (stephan007) Tom Baeyens joins Alfresco and launches #Activiti http://bit.ly/aNAcM7 (via @tombaeyens) ;o)

  • (protocol7) Great to see @tombaeyens and @jbarrez working in the open again. And Activiti seems destined for ASF, even better #activiti

  • (akuckartz) Tried activiti.org BPMN 2.0 implementation demo. First impression: it works!
  • (protocol7) But Activiti is pretty much jBPM so I would think many will move over
  • (claudiabia) Very excited about the news of new BPM – #Activiti… Can’t wait to see it integrated with #Alfresco
  • (rami22) Im so excited for #Alfresco #Activiti project can’t wait to download it tomorrow and play with it
  • (andrkoel) Activiti: looks like the next version of jbpm with a better license and a better community
  • (mjasay) Alfresco hires Red Hat’s jBPM team, partners w/ VMware’s SpringSource to deliver a cool Business Process Mgmt solution
  • (sfrancisatx) wow. i step away from the computer for a few hours and the blog hits are nearing our daily record again. lots of interest in activiti #bpm

News sites

After the official Alfresco press release, many news sites picked it up quite quickly. Every google query I do seems to produce even more results, so in the end I stopped tracking them. For what it’s worth, here my list:

The H, Techworld, CNBC, BusinessWire, ZDnet, Forbes, ItWorld.com, CMSWire, BPMEnterprise, NetworkWorld, ReduxOnline, Boston BusinessNews, Heise.de, CMSReport.com, StreetInsider, Yahoo Finance, FierceContentManagement, EarthTimes, NewsBlaze, San Francisco City and Press, CentralDaily, SunHerald, iStockAnalyst, PR-inside, Sys-con, Dailyfinance.com, Ameritrade, EuroInvestor.co.uk,  and many, many more (I have twenty or something more copied locally, but by now you’ll know the press release by heart ;-))

4 Comments

  1. Scott Francis May 21, 2010

    Joram-
    Glad to be motivational! 🙂
    Its a good start, I know many miles to go – safe travels on this new journey. Feel free to reach out to us for feedback along the way. You and Tom have my email address! Not to mention blog address…!

    Scott

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