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.


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 🙂


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 (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 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,, CMSWire, BPMEnterprise, NetworkWorld, ReduxOnline, Boston BusinessNews,,, StreetInsider, Yahoo Finance, FierceContentManagement, EarthTimes, NewsBlaze, San Francisco City and Press, CentralDaily, SunHerald, iStockAnalyst, PR-inside, Sys-con,, Ameritrade,,  and many, many more (I have twenty or something more copied locally, but by now you’ll know the press release by heart ;-))


  1. Scott Francis May 21, 2010

    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…!


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