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Free: Camunda BPM Online Training

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My formidable Co-Founder Bernd Rücker created a self-paced training course for Camunda BPM. It consists of 4.5 hours of video plus a couple of hands-on exercises with sample solutions.

You can complete this course if you want to get your feet wet with Camunda, plus it provides some valuable insights into best practices from our consulting experience, e.g. for creating UI in different technologies, writing unit tests or handling transactions.

And it’s free! You just have to sign up for the Camunda BPM Network, and off you go.

Get the Camunda BPM Online Training

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From Push to Pull – External Tasks in BPMN processes

Push vs. Pull

A process engine typically call services actively (e.g. via Java, REST or SOAP) from within a Service Task. But what if this is not possible because we cannot reach the service? Then we use a pattern we called “External Task” – which I briefly want to describe today.

Picture on the right taken from http://www.from-push-to-pull.com/projects/what-is-pull-marketing/ – thanks!

Context and problem

A couple of recent trends increased the need for this pattern, namely:

Cloud: When running process/orchestration engines in the cloud you might not be able to reach the target service via network connections – and VPNs or Tunneling is always cumbersome. It is …

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Orchestration using BPMN and Microservices – Good or bad Practice?

Orchestration and Microservices

Martin Fowler recommends in his famous Microservices Article: “Smart endpoints and dumb pipes”. He states:

The microservice community favours an alternative approach: smart endpoints and dumb pipes. Applications built from microservices aim to be as decoupled and as cohesive as possible – they own their own domain logic and act more as filters in the classical Unix sense – receiving a request, applying logic as appropriate and producing a response. These are choreographed using simple RESTish protocols rather than complex protocols such as WS-Choreography or BPEL or orchestration by a central tool.

I do not agree! I think even – …

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bpmNEXT – the BPM industry event that *really* matters

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Picture taken by Benjamin Notheis from SAP, this year’s winner of the best-in-show-award

Clay Richardson from Forrester Research put it in a nutshell: “bpmNEXT means ‘Show me yours, I’ll show you mine’”.

And show we did: All BPM Software Vendors that *really* matter were there, presenting the latest and greatest they have to offer – or will offer soon. This was not about Sales or Marketing, but just about showing-off the things we’re proud of, and showing it off to peers who understand and appreciate the passion behind it.

But bpmNEXT is even more, it is the global gathering of a …

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New Camunda Usergroup in Australia

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Camunda is spreading, also in Australia. The first usergroup is already evolving, and they will meet for the second time next week.

If you would like to swing by and meet some other Camunda users, here is what you need to know:

Date: Tuesday, March 31
Time: 5pm Melbourne Time
Place: Tuscan Bar – 79 Bourke Street, Melbourne

This time you can also meet Bernd Frey, one of our senior consultants who is currently down under and engaged in a fascinating Camunda project.

Many thanks to Phillip Spartalis, who is organizing this. He has agreed to share his email address here in case …

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Review: Camunda Community Day in London

A Friday Evening Discourse at the Royal Institution; Sir James Dewar on Liquid Hydrogen, 1904 (oil on canvas)

Yesterday we had our first Camunda Community Day in the UK. Thanks to our friends at 6point6 who organized this, we could meet in the famous Royal Institution. This was definitely the most decent location we had for a communiy meeting so far!

It was a great half day of presentations, discussions and networking. Most of the attendees already knew existing BPM products, and when I described the Zero-Code BPM Myth they immediately knew what I was talking about. I also gave a little BPMN crash-course, and I did not use a single slide, but just live-modeled everything I explained …

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Community-Driven Product Management

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We are currently discussing if and how we should support the new Decision Model and Notation (DMN) Standard by OMG.

It’s basically about business rules, and of course our customers often ask us for business rules support. We typically recommend to combine Camunda with a rule engine such as JBoss Drools. That works very well, there are numerous examples, blueprints and tutorials available and also project experiences. However, actually in 95% of the real-world projects we have seen you don’t really need the features that Drools or the other leading rule engines provide. It’s mostly just about exposing business rules …

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BPMN Online Training coming up – get your free pass

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I just looked it up: During the last seven years, we coached more than 500 individuals in BPMN classroom trainings, and delivered more than 300 BPMN onsite trainings to organizations all over the world. I would say we probably know our business here.

But people kept asking us for an online version, allowing them to learn BPMN where and when they prefer. So we started working on this, and I expect that we can deliver the first chapters within the next months. The training will be based on our handbook Real-Life BPMN, but probably with a stronger focus on process automation. …

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Happy Birthday to the BPMN 2.0 Model Interchange Working Group

OMG BPMN MIWG

Today, two years ago, the BPMN Model Interchange Working Group (MIWG) of the OMG met for the very first time and I’ll take a look on what has been achieved so far. The mission of this working group led by Denis Gagne is to support, facilitate, and promote the interchange of BPMN Models among different tools. In order to do that, we created a test suite of currently eight BPMN 2.0 reference models that can be used to test the import and export capabilities of BPMN tools. So far test results of 23 tools have been submitted by vendors or …

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Camunda in the UK: Kick-off on March 20 in London

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This year we will increase our presence in the UK. We think the market there has suffered from traditional BPM products long enough.

Our friends at 6point6 prove to be fantastic partners for this enterprise. You can meet them and us at our first

Camunda BPM Community Day in the UK
Date: Friday 20th March
Time: 9am to 11.30am (alternatively: lunch bag session 12pm – 1.30pm)
Place: Royal Institution, London
Admission: Free

Agenda and Registry

And even before that, we will be presenting at QCon (March 4-6) and I will be attending the Gartner BPM Summit (March 18-19).

So let me know in case you’d like to …

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