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Community-Driven Product Management

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 …


BPMN Online Training coming up – get your free pass

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. …


Happy Birthday to the BPMN 2.0 Model Interchange Working Group


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 …


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

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 …


The year we crossed the chasm – Camunda review 2014

If you’re interested in Camunda’s journey as a company, or in tech startup journeys in general, this post may be worth reading.

The beginning: Shift a paradigm, sidestep competition and find a blue ocean

In 2012, we created a software product called Camunda BPM. The core value proposition of Camunda implicates a paradigm shift in what Business Process Management technology should deliver:

Primary Target Group
Value Proposition

Most BPM-Suites
Companies that are trying to reduce their software development force
„Our product allows you to create process applications in a model-driven approach, so that you need fewer software developers.“

Companies that consider their software development force a strategic …


CMMN – The BPMN for Case Management?

Scott Francis recently asked a legitimate question: Will BPM vendors adopt CMMN, or will they rather focus on topics like mobile/social/local/cloud? (Read the complete blog post here)

As the obviously biased CEO of one of the few vendors who implemented CMMN already, I am actually sceptical. My experience with BPMN during the last 8 years was, that most of the established BPM vendors balked at implementing it, argueing that they already had something „better“ for the same use case. I suppose it’s the same with Case Management now, so I predict they will only make the effort of supporting it when …


Thanks for an awesome BPMCon 2014

Awesome location, awesome talks and most of all: awesome attendees. This year’s BPMCon was indeed the „schönste BPM-Konferenz“ I’ve ever seen. Thank you so much to all who made it happen, including Guido Fischermanns for the moderation, Sandy Kemsley for her Keynote about the Zero-Code BPM Myth, all those BPM practitioners who presented their lessons learned, and also to the Birds of a Feather – Presenters (running Camunda on Raspberry PI and inside the coolest thing in the internet of things).

My personal award for the very best picture goes to Sandy – she took a snapshot of her auditorium during …


Neue Auflage: Praxishandbuch BPMN 2.0

Die neueste Auflage gibt es ab sofort im Handel – zum Beispiel bei Amazon. Leider gehen bei Amazon damit wie immer alle Bewertungen der vorherigen Auflage verloren, sprich wir fangen wieder bei Null an. Falls also jemand Zeit und Lust haben sollte, (erneut) seine Meinung über das Buch dort kund zu tun, wären wir mehr als dankbar 🙂

Was gibt es Neues in der neuen Auflage? Das Vorwort beantwortet diese Frage:


Der Sprung über’n Teich

Voller Freude verkünden wir die offizielle Gründung der camunda Inc. mit Sitz in San Francisco, Kalifornien.

Camunda Inc. wird unser Produkt camunda BPM in Nordamerika vertreiben. Neben Sony und FINRA nutzen bereits diverse US-basierte Kunden die camunda Enterprise Edition, und mit BP3 und Trisotech existieren zwei starke Partner, die camunda-bezogene Beratungsleistungen anbieten.

Vollständige Pressemitteilung:

Habe ich erwähnt, dass wir uns freuen? 😉


Webinar: BPMN mit camunda BPM

Am 17. Juli gebe ich ein Webinar über BPMN Best Practices, speziell für das Business-IT-Alignment.

Ob das auch ein camunda BPM Pitch sein wird? Na klar 🙂 Aber hey, so läuft das nunmal:

1) Erst sammelt man über 4 Jahre intensive Beratungserfahrung zu BPMN, schreibt ein Buch darüber usw.
2) Dann stellt man fest, dass die existierenden BPMS-Produkte das Potential von BPMN nicht annähernd ausschöpfen.
3) Also baut man sein eigenes Produkt.
4) Und erzählt der ganzen Welt, wie toll es ist 😉

Also, wer kein Problem damit hat sich unsere BPMN Best Practices am konkreten Beispiel camunda BPM anzuschauen, der sollte sich gleich anmelden:

Noch immer …