Monday, April 14, 2014

Joget Workflow On-Demand

This first quarter of 2014 has been an extremely exciting start to the year. All the months of hard work have led us to this point! The first week of April sees us releasing and launching Joget Workflow v4 and just a couple of days ago, we quietly released Joget Workflow On-Demand.

So, what is Joget Workflow On-Demand?

Joget Workflow On-Demand is a subscription based service that offers Joget Workflow Enterprise Edition to small businesses on the Cloud.

It is an application platform as a service (aPaaS) that allows users to create their own workflow apps or database driven apps with or without programming knowledge. Alternatively, they can make use of the ready made simple apps such as employee self service portal, expenses, invoicing, etc. for their own use, or as template to build new ones."

What are the Benefits of subscribing to Joget Workflow On-Demand?

Here are some of the benefits that can immediately be realized.
  • Rapid time to value/benefit - Significantly reduce the time it takes to start producing value without worrying about the time spent in installation, set up and configuration.
  • Lower cost - There is no hefty initial start up cost and the ongoing cost is significantly lowered; from hardware to software and the human resource needed for maintenance.
  • Proof of concepts - Quickly and easily get your app ideas into a proof of concept stage.  
  • Scalability and Upgrades - No more worries about the next software upgrade or the server capacity.
  • Ready made Apps - There are ready made apps that you can use or as templates to built your new apps.
  • Mobile - All apps you build are mobile ready. 
Other than the above On-Demand benefits, you can check out the Joget Workflow platform features here.

More about Joget Workflow On-Demand

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Joget Workflow v4 is Officially Launched

It's here! We're pleased to announce that the stable version of Joget Workflow v4 (4.0.2) is now released. Joget Workflow is an open source platform to easily build enterprise web apps for cloud and mobile.
  • Build full-fledged apps e.g. CRM, HR, Healthcare, etc
  • Drag and drop forms, lists, UI
  • Add workflow to automate processes
  • Extend via plugins
  • Apps are mobile optimized and cloud ready
  • Download ready made apps from the Joget Marketplace
As an application platform, Joget Workflow v4 is a notable enhancement on previous versions. There is much greater emphasis on usability, mobility and security. 



The following is a summary of what's new:

App Platform:
  • App Center
  • App Generator
Usability and User Experience:
  • Admin Bar
  • Front-end Design Mode
  • Mobile Web
Security Hardening:
  • Platform and API Hardening
  • Secure by Default Policies
Security Enhancements:
  • Password Policies
  • Password Storage
  • Credentials Management
  • Support for Simultaneous Internal and External Directory Managers
Find out what's new in more detail here:

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Joget Workflow v3 Enterprise 3.1.5 Announced

The 3.1.5 update version of Joget Enterprise edition features a notable security improvement over the earlier version.

The security improvements are as follow:-
  1. Master Login encryption
    Master Login is typically used for handling JSON API calls. Encryption is now added to protect the credential to prevent one from retrieving it directly from the database.
  2. Datasource Profile encryption
    Database access credential stored in the Datasource Profile is now encrypted as well to prevent one from being able to retrieve the credential directly to access the database.
For a complete list of changes, please visit Joget Workflow v3 Enterprise Edition Version Changes.

Monday, March 3, 2014

Joget Workflow as a Citizen Developer Platform

On July 14, 2011, Gartner published a press release that "Citizen developers will be building at least a quarter of new business applications by 2014...". This article has brought renewed interest in end-user application development which had been propositioned as early as the 1980s, if not earlier.

The definition of citizen developer as defined by Gartner states that:
"A citizen developer is a user who creates new business applications for consumption by others using development and runtime environments sanctioned by corporate IT. In the past, end-user application development has typically been limited to single-user or workgroup solutions built with tools like Microsoft Excel and Access. However, today, end users can build departmental, enterprise and even public applications using shared services, fourth-generation language (4GL)-style development platforms and cloud computing services."
According to Gartner, employees bypassing the IT departments to develop their own applications have been on the rise and by 2014, 25% of the applications would have been developed by citizen developers. One should also take note of another prediction by Gartner, that "at least a third of enterprises without formalized citizen developer governance policies will encounter substantial data, process integrity and security vulnerabilities." The article further states that these risks can be mitigated through education and IT governance.

What does the Joget Workflow platform offer for Citizen Development?

For the IT Department
  • Offers a standardized, secure platform that empowers business users to build their own solutions.
  • Reduces IT burden by allowing citizen developers to make changes without reliance on IT.
  • Provides an agile environment to adapt apps to business requirements immediately.
  • Improves relationship between IT and business by allowing business users to actively participate directly and also to collaborate closely.
  • Provides better governance by allowing IT to monitor and track apps developed by citizen developer.
For the Citizen Developer
  • Offers instant access to development, as well as instant deployment, monitoring and administration of apps.
  • Simplifies how apps are built for non-technical users with a web-based visual point-and-click, drag-and-drop platform.
  • Allows process or workflow driven app development. e.g. build a sales force automation app instead of just a sales quotation approval process.
  • Provides rapid development features (e.g. app generation directly from forms) to get started quickly.
  • Offers ready-made apps that can be used as templates to build customized solutions.
For organizations that are embracing citizen development and looking to manage these developers on a unified platform, the Joget Workflow platform would be a good fit.

Try out the platform on the cloud here or download and install on-premise here.



Monday, February 24, 2014

A Guide to Get Started With Joget Workflow v3

Joget Workflow as a workflow management software has come a long way since Nov 2009. Version 1 and 2 were developed and positioned as a BPM workflow management system to design, deploy and run workflows for business processes with the workflow engine as the core.

After almost two years of trying to find a market fit, we discovered that our customers were using Joget Workflow to automate their processes and then building web applications around those workflows. A process-driven application if you will!

Joget Workflow as a process-driven application platform

That realization made us rethink our product strategy. Why not provide a platform that allowed the users to develop web applications and at the same time provide them with the capability to automate any processes they need? It should be designed to be simple and easy to use with little or no coding!

Hence, for v3, we decided to completely redeveloped Joget Workflow from ground up (v3 Overview). It is designed to be a platform that simplifies the process of developing process-driven applications.

On January 2012, we released v3. We changed our business model from open source to the commercial open source model and released two editions: Community Edition and Enterprise Edition respectively. (Comparison of the editions here and here.)

So, if you are looking to build a process-driven app and not just automate a process, this is where you can get started with v3. I have complied a list of to-dos that I think will help anyone to quickly get started.

RTFM - Read the fine manual :-) 

If you are one of those that prefer to learn through documentation, here is how you get started:
  1. Joget Workflow eBook - Here is an eBook, "Easy Joget v3 for the absolute beginner", written and contributed by Madeng, one of our community member. You can view or download it on Slideshare or Scribd. There are comprehensive step-by-step guides to working with Joget Workflow.
  2. Joget Workflow Knowledge Base - You should check out our Knowledge Base. I have reproduced part of the v3 relevant outline here:
    1. Overview of Joget Workflow - This article will explain the components and architecture of Joget Workflow. Read this article to get a high level overview of Joget Workflow. This will enable you to better understand when you read the user guides later. I strongly suggest everyone to read this before proceeding.
    2. Installation Guide - This guide will show you where to download and how to install Joget Workflow on the Linux or Windows platform. Or if you like, skip installation by requesting for a 30 days trial Joget Cloud account here:
    3. Start Page and Web Console - Depending on which installation you choose, you will need to follow the instructions in the respective installation guides to start up your Joget Workflow server. After you have successfully started up Joget on your computer locally, use your web browser and type in "http://localhost:8080/jw" to access the Joget Workflow Start page. The default username and password are admin and admin respectively.
    4. Build your first App! - These articles will get you to quickly jump in to build your first process-driven app. The app you will build in this tutorial is the "Leave Approval Application". Although it is a simple app, it will give you a very good introduction to Joget Workflow covering all the essential components of the platform.
    5. v3 Knowledge Base and Documentation - After you have familiarize yourself with the above and have build your first app, you can jump in to the full documentation here. Search out those sections relevant to your needs and if you encounter any problems, post your questions in our Forums
    6. If you are developer, you can jump to the following sections:
      1. User Guide
      2. Developer Guide
Video Tutorials

This is probably the fastest way to get started with Joget Workflow. Watch the following videos:
  1. Overview of Joget Workflow v3 - A high level introduction to the components and features.
  2. Download and install Joget Workflow on Windows - 
  3. Build an Expense Claim App with Joget Workflow
    1. Part 1 - Process Design Tutorial
    2. Part 2 - Form Design Tutorial
    3. Part 3 - Form, List and Userview Design
  4. v3 Video Playlist - If you like, you can view this v3 playlist that will covers the above videos and more advance topics.
Please note that some of the videos are intentionally done without audio. The best way to view these videos is to pause and play according to your pace.

Our selection of videos is by no means exhaustive or complete, so it is best that you use these videos as a quick guide and still continue to refer to the articles in our knowledge base. Again, please feel free to post your comments below or use our Forums to ask your questions.

I really hope that this article will help someone to quickly get started with Joget Workflow. Although, we are on track to release v4 in the month ahead, v3 functionality is still very relevant on the back-end.


Thursday, February 13, 2014

New Joget v4 Beta 2 Release

Since our first release of v4 last May, we have been getting a lot of feedback from potential new and existing customers who are currently using v3 stable.

We are officially making a second Beta release today. This is a highly anticipated release for those who are evaluating Joget v4 in particular.

Joget v4 Beta 2 would feature vast security related improvements and all round improvements on most of its features.

These are some of the highlights:-

- Added DataEncryption interface and its implementation
- Added Security Enhanced Directory Manager
- Automatically assign normal user role if user is created by a non-admin user
- Prevent possible cross-site scripting (XSS) vulnerabilities
- Show generic message and log stack trace to log file when ERROR 500
- Secured all passwords from rendering directly in HTML
- Secured Process Start White List by default for newly deployed processes.
- Support HTTP basic authentication
- Updated API requests that modify state to accept POST only to prevent CSRF
- User profile update requires authentication

- Added caching for form data dao and shark id generation
- Added caching for SetupManager
- System Setting : Added support for File Upload Size Limit configuration.

- Added Admin Bar and Front-End Editing
- Added App Center
- Added App Generator
- Added Mobile Userview
- Simplified interface in property editor dialogs

- Added Password Validator
- Datalist Inbox - Added Userview Key parameter functionality.
- Date Data List Filter Type : Added support for Display and Data Format
- Date Picker Field : Added support for manual input
- Date Range Data List Filter Type : Added support for Display and Data Format
- Directory Form Binder : Added support for group, organization, department & grade
- Directory Validator : Added support to validate group, grade, department & organization.
- Options Datalist Filter Type - Added support to display as text field and auto complete.
- Multi Select Box : Added support for default value
- Password Field : Password encrypted by default
- Popup Select Box : Added support for default value
- Popup Select Box : Added support for for passing field value as url parameters of datalist
- Soap Tool : Added support for complex data type
- Text Field : Added support for data encryption
- User Profile Menu : User profile update requires authentication.

Click here to read more about Joget v4

Joget Workflow v3 Enterprise 3.1.4 Released

This release contains stability and performance improvements, and is a strongly recommended upgrade for high usage installations, especially for users running 3.1.1 and below.

These are some of the notable changes since the 3.1.1 version.
  • Fixed: wflow-core - Run Process Menu - External Form behave differently when mapped to run process 
  • Added FormPdfUtil - Hash Variable parsing in sub form.
  • Refined logic to get a form field.
  • Fixed FormPdfUtil - PDF fail to generate due to shared object.
  • Fixed Calculation Field - Field name ended with similar value are given wrong results.
  • Fixed Process/ Activity info - Exception when invalid number format used in limit.
  • Tuned connection pool timeout settings.
  • Added User Notification - Nested user hash variable support
  • Tuned connection pool timeout settings
  • Improved Performance issue on deadline checking. 
  • Improve performance of XPDL image generation. 
  • Fixed Memory leak while storing form data.
  • Fixed FormDataUpdateTool hitting java.sql.SQLException: Auto-commit.
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