Friday, December 16, 2011

Joget Workflow Enterprise Edition and Partnership Program

Greetings!

This past month, we have been receiving a lot of inquiries regarding Joget Workflow v3 Enterprise edition. Emails have been coming in from Germany, Hungary, Philippines, US, Singapore, France, Taiwan, Brazil and the Middle East asking about the Enterprise license pricing model and on our partnership program.

Firstly, we are very excited to announce that Joget Workflow v3 Enterprise is on schedule to be released on the first week of January 2012.

Secondly, we are ramping up the benefits of our Accredited Partnership Program. Check them out below.

Joget Workflow App Copy Protection

Accredited partners will be able to access the app copy protection feature of Joget Workflow v3 Enterprise Edition.

Joget Workflow v3 Enterprise Edition is a platform that allows partners to develop and resell process-centric web apps. The copy protection feature will allow partners to protect their apps from being copied and distributed without authorization. This is an essential feature for partners who want to build their business on the Joget Workflow platform.

Joget Workflow Cloud Edition (BETA)

Another exclusive edition that will be available only to accredited partners is a single copy of the Cloud Edition of Joget Workflow. This edition supports multi-tenancy, which allows partners to expand their business offering to cloud hosting.

In fact, partners will be able to setup their own app store to sell and host their apps should they want to. They can even expand their business from one-off user licensing sales to monthly app(s) subscription fees, giving them a recurring revenue business model.

Incentive Program

Joget Workflow accredited partners will also be entitled to monetary rebate when they achieve a certain level of annual user licensing sales.

Other Benefits
  • UNLIMITED access to the Partner’s Knowledge Base
  • Listing in our web directory
  • UNLIMITED incidents support at our partner support site
  • Discount on all licensing and consulting services
  • FREE online presale support to pitch for sales
  • Access to Joget Workflow training materials
More Information:

Sunday, November 13, 2011

International Recognition at APICTA Awards 2011

Last month, we broke the news that Joget Workflow has bagged 2 awards at MSC Malaysia APICTA, and that has brought us a passport to compete at the international stage - the 11th International APICTA (Asia Pacific ICT Alliance) Awards, held in Pattaya on 11.11.11.

Julian (the technology master brain of Joget) and I were in Pattaya early this month, together with nominees from other Asia Pacific economies, to compete for the "Best of Tools and Infrastructure Application" category. Of all the participating economies, I'm personally very impressed with the team from Pakistan -- a lot of efforts they have put in at the international stage. Kudos to their dedicated mentors, who were there in Pattaya together with the nominees, to really contribute their mentorship (not just merely for the fun of travelling).

The first 5 minutes of my pitch for the "Best of Tools and Infrastructure Application" session didn't went on smoothly - the projector decided not to collaborate with me, by flickering its eye every 10 seconds or so. But, the stopwatch was running, and I had only 20 minutes to convince the panel of judges. Luckily, Julian was there to "negotiate" with the VGA cable.

I was told that the "Best of Tools and Infrastructure Application" category is always a tough fight at APICTA Awards, as the nominees are usually the reputable infra software companies with more than 10 years of strong history and presence in the enterprise architecture market. But, we took this to our advantage instead, by telling the judges that, Open Dynamics is a 2-year young open source product company, with 1,000 adopter sites and 22 partners spanning across the globe.

Loi Krathong Festival at Pattaya Beach

The 11th APICTA Awards 2011, held on 11.11.11; and coincidently, it was also the day that Thais celebrate the Loi Krathong Festival! An auspicious day indeed. The "starry" sky that you see in this photo, were the Sky Lanterns.

There's a secret that no one knows about it yet, before this post is published. I actually pre-composed this tweet in my phone, and pressed the "Send" button immediately when Joget Workflow was announced as one of the winners :p Jack was in Taipei during that time, and anxiously waiting for my update on the awards ceremony night.



Luckily I didn't need to trash this tweet message from Draft haha.

Joget Workflow is the Merit winner of "Best of Tools & Infrastructure Application"

Thanks to all Joget Workflow community members, adopters and implementation partners. Without your trust on us, we will not be recognized at the international stage today. 

Monday, October 31, 2011

Open Dynamics Bags Two Awards at MSC Malaysia APICTA 2011

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia – (25 Oct 2011): MSC Malaysia APICTA Awards returned for its 12th annual iteration on 25th October 2011 at the Kuala Lumpur Hilton. The Asia Pacific ICT Awards (APICTA) is an international Awards Programme initiated by the Multimedia Development Corporation (MDeC) to provide a platform for innovators and entrepreneurs in the ICT sectors in the region to benchmark their products and to network. Students, entrepreneurs, SMEs, individuals and organizations compete in 18 categories showcasing their creativity, innovation and ICT excellence in the country.

Joget WF won Apicta Award 2011

Open Dynamics was selected as the Winner of Best of Startup Companies Category and its product, Joget Workflow, bagged the Merit award for Best of Applications and Infrastructure Tools. In spite of an incredibly intense competition among the nominees, Open Dynamics displayed the right industry caliber to be recognized for its achievements and contributions in the two categories.

Open Dynamics is one of the very few open source product companies in Asia Pacific that have successfully proven the open source business model in the software technology sector. Its team of enthusiastic professionals is committed to developing open source products that help organizations increase revenue through business processes that can be automated and managed easily and intuitively. Today, less than 2 years since its incorporation in Malaysia, it has 22 partners spanning across the world continents, from various countries in Asia Pacific to the Middle East, Europe and the Americas.

Joget Workflow is an open source workflow application builder that focuses on simplicity. It is the first among production-ready BPM software and workflow systems to offer application builder functionalities on top of workflow components. Allowing process analysts to implement process automation in an easy manner, it also empowers software developers to integrate with other systems using a dynamic plugin architecture.



“In July this year, we were very thrilled to learn that Joget Workflow had been selected as a platform in the Code for America’s implementation of Open311 Center in San Francisco and accepted to Google Summer of Code 2011 initiative. And now, we are enormously happy and incredibly excited to be awarded two prizes from MSC APICTA. Of course, this is just the beginning. Our vision to make Joget Workflow into a widely adopted platform for developing process-driven web apps has only just begun." said Julian Khoo, VP Product Development.

“The timing of winning these awards is perfect as we will be releasing the highly anticipated Joget Workflow v3 in the coming month.” he added.

Open Dynamics will represent Malaysia to compete in the respective categories at the International APICTA Awards 2011 which will be held from November 8 – 11 at the Dusit Thani Pattaya Hotel, Pattaya, Thailand.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Joget On The Cloud

It's a rainy evening in Kuala Lumpur. I was driving in the bumper-to-bumper traffic, and that traffic condition gave me some opportunities to catch up with tweets instead. Scott Francis' update caught my attention, he posted an article inspired by Activiti's Tom Baeyens' blog post; basically, it's about BPM on the cloud.

Tom Baeyens in the opening of his post: “The first thing we realized is that on the cloud, a requirement is self-service by professional consumers. This means that end users should be able to manage the apps they use.”

“Immediately it became clear that hosting traditional BPM engine on the cloud is a big technical challenge with a relative low value for professional consumers.”
Spot on!


We have received numerous email requests from Joget Workflow users, asking about the availability of "switch-on-and-it-runs" hosted instances of Joget. And this request is getting more significantly relevant lately, when the v3 Beta is rolled out to the public in June. Why? 'Cos beginning from v3, Joget is no longer just another workflow management system, but it's now a full-fledged Web apps builder, enabling users to create workflow apps on the Web.

So with such a niche (workflow apps builder) that Joget is focusing on, it's natural for the users to expect the availability of a convenient option to run Joget on the cloud. I was at a WordCamp few months back, sharing about Joget-WordPress integration, easily achievable with some plugins and the community has developed. The overall response from the WordCamp participants was great; I could see the sparkling attentions from PHP developers realizing how easy it is now, to assemble workflow apps from drag-and-drop UI, to integrate with WordPress site and its user directory.

But but but ... I also witnessed the moment of epic twist, when a developer asked me about Joget Cloud, and my answer was “not at the moment ... yet”.

Scott Francis pointed out the "blind spot":
“open source BPM projects have been more focused on building the engines than on exactly what the deployment architectures will be”
Joget's niche is focused at simplicity. We started the project by creating a BPM tool that is easy for users to create, deploy and automate business processes. But, the type of niche we are focusing at also requires Joget to not just be a workflow system, but app builder (CRUD forms, tabular listing of records, reports, data import/export, etc). Lately, driven by demand, the product development team is also putting some efforts into the multi-tenancy support of Joget, so that multiple instances of Joget serving different clients can be hosted by a single instance of application server.

Is Joget Cloud-Ready Yet?

YES! In fact, we have  launched a private Beta to test the Joget Cloud. The participation is by-invitation only at the moment. If you are one of our partners, you can contact us for further details, or to even join our private Beta :)

Hopefully, we can announce a production-ready infra of Joget Cloud to the public, soon... Imagine this:
  1. You signed up for Joget Cloud
  2. Download a Joget App (CRM app, HR app, Sales Force Automation app, Call Centre Automation app, School Administration app, etc.) from the Marketplace
  3. Import the Joget App into your instance of Joget Cloud
  4. Run your operations on the cloud, powered by Joget Apps
If you are a VC into the cloud space, you know what to do ;)

Friday, September 9, 2011

Code for America : Starting The Open311 Center

September 9, 2011: Code for America is a non-profit organization that recruits civic-conscious tech talents to work with local government and council bodies in developing web-based applications that can be used across America to make cities more receptive and efficient.

Open311 Center is a Code for America initiative that endeavors to provide an open means of communication for common, non-emergency matters in public spaces, such as broken street lamps and uncollected garbage. The project aims to address civic challenges and raise civic participation by creating innovative web-based solutions that are reusable and shareable, and which can work seamlessly with other 311 systems across America.

Open311 Projects at Code for America brought together CfA intern Ashish Mittal and Open Dynamics CEO Michael Yap over the summer as the former developed a lightweight 311 back-end for small cities, using Joget Workflow.

"We have built the application using Joget, a great open-source workflow engine for automating and monitoring processes, along with great assistance from Joget’s CEO, Michael Yap, and the Joget community, " wrote Ashish (Ashish’s CFA Summer: Starting the Open311 Center, http://codeforamerica.org/2011/09/09/ashishs-cfa-summer-starting-the-open311-center/).

The application for handling 311 service requests enables a city’s 311response coordinator to notify the relevant agents/contractors based on data collected by the application from completed forms. The workflow administrator may add data apart from managing them, and the application is configured to allow for different processing options based on the role of the workflow participants.

Ashish is optimistic and confident about the application and asserts, "Eventually, we aim to install the application as a part of Open311 centers established in various cities and enable a direct and a more efficient process of taking in and dealing with 311 service requests. It’s still in early beta, and we’re excited to keep working on it."

Friday, August 5, 2011

Joget Developer Campaign Mascot

Jack asked to come up with a community badge for a Joget Workflow developer event that we are currently organizing where local and overseas students can participate via Joget community. He wants us to have a campaign mascot the way other similar events have, and one that we can use for all of Joget’s developer programs. The campaign mascot will appear on event registration forms, mechanics literature, etc.



Before setting out to do any work, I did some online reading on campaign mascots such as Olympic 2012 and a very useful article I found, 31 Mascots And How They Help The Brand.

Actually, I had already designed a mascot for Joget much earlier on. It had a smack of Transformers and Robo-Get!



I followed it up with another, this time in 3D and portraying a more aggressive appearance, its head identical to the shape and color of the Joget logo. The figure looks like he is ready to throw in a shot in any battle -- very, very symbolic of our Joget Team’s fighting spirit!



Jack gave a nod to the overall character design but thought that it had too many shapes and color tones. He wanted it simplified and flattened… so I played with it, recreated it to 2D, emphasized the wide eyes a little to retain the menacing look, and replaced the limbs with a palm that attempts to give the android a bit of human touch.

Then I toyed around with different versions …







… and changed a little more here and there.





Finally, Joget’s first mascot was born! The name: Jakku Junior.
Doesn’t he take after our Senior?



Wednesday, July 13, 2011

When Good is Not Enough

It's hard not to agree that Joget Workflow's look-and-feel is aesthetically pleasing, in addition to shipping great codes to the open source space. To continuously keep up with the "simplicity" design goal, we continuously examine and improve user experience by enhancing the user interfaces.

One of the recent examples, is the improvement in navigating between Form Builder, Datalist Builder and Userview Builder. This recent enhancement is committed in the latest snapshot of v3 Beta code-base, and will be available in the final release of v3.

The Problem

In v3 Beta, if we continuously edit and design the forms, data lists and userviews, chances are, we will most likely end up with a couple of tabs opened in the browser; and it could be many.



This affects the user experience, navigating between the builders and forms eventually resulted in cluttered tabs.

The Solution

Now, 3 nifty quick-navigators are placed into Form Builder, Datalist Builder and Userview Builder. Each navigator is a drop-down list of forms, data lists, and userviews, respectively.

So, instead of leaving your mouse cursor away from the current tab and open another form from the Workflow Management Console, in another new tab, we can now simply select another form from the drop-down list, and switch between builders without cluttering the tabbed browsing experience.



When good is not enough, we aim to be better!

If you can't wait to experience this improvement yourself, you can build Joget Workflow from the latest source codes.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Joget Workflow Sets a Significant Milestone in China

I've just came back from Shanghai last night, and over the weekend, our first Accredited Partner in China is officially established via strategic collaboration. Rome was not built in a day though, we have been communicating through email conversations since 3 months ago; but the process turns out to be very fruitful!

Shanghai Valuprosys Technology (上海维略信息科技), the new certified implementation partner, is a team of open source business solutions provider based in one of the most populous cities of China. A lean startup, SVT's team comprises of project managers, functional consultants and technical developers who are experienced in the ERP and logistics domains. They are also geared with more than 5 years of solution implementation experience with IBM, Oracle and Ultimus products.

Pudong night view

Stepping into China with significant traction, is one of our goals of this year, and I'm glad we have done it in half a year! Just the right timing with another 2 quarters to get Joget Workflow implemented for Chinese enterprises. I'm confident that we will be getting some case studies and testimonials from the world's fastest growing major economy, by end of this year.

Commitment is The Answer to Successful Partnership

As part of the partner accreditation programme, we have to make sure that the implementor is geared with competent product knowledge to implement successful projects with Joget Workflow. Prior to my physical visit in Shanghai, SVT has already committed a pool of 9 team members to explore the product capabilities of Joget Workflow, from building a CRM application for a chain of training centers, to digging through the Joget Workflow source codes. This is the kind of commitment that shows the sign for a successful partnership.

“Commitment unlocks the doors of imagination, allows vision, and gives us the "right stuff" to turn our dreams into reality”, James Womack
And the "right stuff" that SVT possesses, is their commitment in the right combination of talent resources, to bring Joget Workflow into the rapidly growing economy that Silicon Valley companies are eyeing at.

What to Expect from Joget Workflow's Presence in China?

SVT's strategic partnership with us doesn't just confine to project implementation, but some great plans that will benefit the Joget Workflow community in China too!
  1. Chinese forums and knowledge base for Joget Workflow
  2. Continuously translate Joget Workflow into Chinese language
  3. Community meetups in major cities
  4. Integrate Openbravo - an open source ERP, with Joget Workflow
Besides, in terms of collaboration network expansion, SVT also aims to establish partnership with like-minded business solution providers in Beijing and Guangzhou. Once this network is materialized, Joget Workflow will have its presence in all the 3 most influential cities in China. I'm waiting for the day!

Sean (left) receiving certificate of Accredited Partner on behalf of Shanghai Valuprosys Technology

Sean (left) received certificate of Accredited Partner on behalf of SVT.
Silk drawing scroll given by Joget Workflow's first partner in China
Thanks to Shanghai Valuprosys Technology for the souvenir - a silk drawing scroll.

Today, Joget Workflow's ISV partners are spanning across the world continents, from various countries in Asia Pacific, to Middle East, Europe, and South America. If you are one of our ISV partners reading this blog post, and you would like to get your company featured in a dedicated mention like this, contact us to keep us updated with your activities ;)

Monday, July 4, 2011

The Joget House, Silicon Valley, USA

We started our base in the US sometime 9 months ago (the time it takes to conceive a child), and have since been telling ourselves that we need a better place where our Jogetians can come over and stay for several weeks without worrying about hotel bills … a place where they can just code, train, convert adopters, and do the cool things we only read about (like in US cool companies like Google) without breaking the bank account.

Now how was that going to be possible?

I guess when we found out about how depressed the housing market is and the fact that there are global banks (like HSBC) willing to finance borrowings outside the US, we became very eager to find out how we can work around those two circumstances to let the Joget House happen. After all, we were affording Mike’s rent and the small cubicle in PnP by a whisker!

We soon realized that Mike’s and PnP’s rent put together amounted to the mortgage payments, and with that resolved, we started thinking of how to come up with the rest of the money (for down payment, etc.). It was then that our Angel Investor stepped up to the challenge and said, “Let's buy a house in the US!”

What else can I say or do? We just wanted to make it happen!

There were very few realtors who bothered to show us around once they found out about our situation, and one of them was Lou Honeycutt (I think that's how you spell her name). She not only took us around every time we were in town, but also checked with the banks, authorities, etc., helping make this project a possibility. I would recommend her service to anyone. She also helped us with the IKEA shopping and put Kuang's coffee table together (until she broke her nail), and she spent countless hours negotiating with the contractor to ensure that we got the best deal.





Anyway, today we are officially moving in to the Joget House in Milpitas, California. It's our SOHO and a start to many great things that we want to accomplish in the US. We are already doing work for the big boys, and we’ve also just released v3 beta of Joget Workflow. Everyone's quite excited. I'll blog more with pictures once we get the sofa and Mike’s work desk up. Don't know how Mike could have missed those huge boxes when the delivery truck came earlier. Anyway, we got them at something like 9:30pm yesterday, and now at least we’re almost all set.

Another visit to Fry's today to get our plasma (Sorry Mike, I can only afford to buy returns that they want to get rid cheap. US$500 for a 55-inch unit; can't beat that, guys!), and a couple of box fans as it's summer and central AC will cost an additional 5 gs. And that's in US dollars, mind you.

Written by Chris Chan

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Why The Application-Centric Design in Joget Workflow v3?

Our previous blog post, Sneak Preview of Joget Workflow v3, has gotten a lot of attention from Joget Workflow adopters as well as industry watchers in the BPM space. Many people are surprised with the application-centric approach that we are pursuing, but at the same time, the comments and feedbacks we have received have been very encouraging!

Why The Application-Centric Design?

not just automating processes, but building apps

We have learnt a lot in the 19 months since the public release of v1.0. Based on observing numerous implementations of Joget Workflow, we were able to gather a couple of interesting facts:
  1. Process automation is just part of the implementation use case. Most of the time, what a customer actually needs ultimately, is an application.
  2. Process automation is just part of the implementation use case. A customer also needs reports in tabular format and the ability to easily export the records.
As Joget Workflow's design goal heads towards maximal "simplicity", it doesn't make sense for us not to address the actual customer needs commonly observed in most implementations.

Simplicity Redefined

You can still choose to develop processes with Joget Workflow v3 and integrate them into your preferred web frontend such as WordPress, Drupal, Liferay and SharePoint.

Joget Workflow v3 Userview Builder

But, if you prefer to stay with minimal integration points, the new Userview Builder will enable you to create a web frontend that includes the following features:
  1. Link to form
  2. Link to HTML page
  3. Link to URL
  4. Link to tabular report (list), with export feature
  5. Link to process
“Less is more”. Simpler architecture, better manageability.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

What Are We Brewing for Joget Workflow v3?

It's no longer a secret that the Joget Workflow development team is driving the project at full throttle to release version3 Beta. Joget Workflow v3 will mark a very significant milestone: to realize the ultimate goal of Joget Workflow being an application builder.

“Why limit your imagination to just process automation, when you can build an app?”
Recently, the most frequently asked question among the Joget Workflow community is, "What's new in Joget Workflow v3?" Here's a sneak preview to draw your interest ;)

App-Centric

In Joget Workflow v3, the design focus is enhanced from process-centric to app-centric.

app-centric design

In other words, we no longer confine ourselves to just creating processes; we now create a web application that contains multiple processes! For example, a CRM application can be made up of Pre-sales Process, Customer Support Process, Lead Management Process, etc.

CRUD and Datalist

When we talk about building an application, what are the most commonly needed UI components?
  • CRUD (create, read, update, delete) of records
  • Listing of records
For example, in a CRM application, we would undoubtedly need to have features for Contact List, Opportunity List, Account List, Product List, etc. Then, at the same time, each of these listings would need to have the standard CRUD feature.

In Joget Workflow v3, we can easily create a datalist from a customizable set of columns, filters, and actions. This powerful new feature allows users to not just design and automate processes, but to build real web applications too!

datalist

Powerful Form Builder

form builder

One of the most impressive updates in Joget Workflow v3 is the Form Builder. Our Joget Workflow engineers committed a lot of effort into a 100% ground-up revamp of Form Builder from v2, to introduce the following new features:

  • Flexible grid layout to allow any form of UI arrangement.
  • Wizard-style property dialog for all form elements.
  • Support for form element extension using plugins, which means we can easily enjoy the availability of a new form element, just by installing a plugin.
  • Support for configurable data binders to load and store data. In other words, we can configure to load data from, and store data to, a default or any other external datasource.
At the same time, we are still keeping the following beautiful strengths of Form Builder in v3:
  • Fully web-based, no client-component installation required.
  • Support for Mobile View
Drag-and-Drop Userview Builder

Userview is the frontend interface that all application users will be interacting with. Imagine this use case:

We designed 3 processes and 5 datalists for a CRM app. Ideally, we would like application users to interact with this CRM app from a frontend interface that is made up of:
  • Navigation menu
  • Links to run the 3 processes
  • Listing tables summarizing my tasks
  • Reports in tabular data format, furnished with export options
  • Links to CRUD of master records
  • HTML pages
And the good news is, all these standard UI requirements for a frontend website are available out-of-the-box in the new Userview Builder! So again, please allow me to repeat: with Joget Workflow, we are not just designing and automating processes, but building web apps too!

userview builder

Simplicity redefined. Not a single line of programming code to be written, from designing processes to creating a complete web app!

Simplified Workflow Designer

workflow designer

Aside from all the jaw-dropping app-centric features packed into Joget Workflow v3, the Workflow Designer was also enhanced to include:
  • Further simplified interface. Based on user feedbacks, redundant features that led to confusion in the previous version have either been simplified or removed.
  • Easy-snap which makes it much easier to insert and connect the objects.
  • Intelligent context guide to advise users of any mistake spotted in the workflow design, and subsequently offer suggestions to correct those mistakes.
Excited yet? No, this is not all. But this blog post is lengthy enough, so I shall stop "leaking" any more of v3's new features for now and keep some for the next post ;)

Stay tuned!

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Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Next Stop: PIKOM SME Business Success with ICT Series 2011

Our Joget team will be on the move again, this time to promote Joget Workflow in various locations around Malaysia under PIKOM's SME Business Success with ICT Series 2011, starting with Sunway Carnical Convention Centre in Seberang Jaya, Penang tomorrow, 2 pm to 5:45 pm.


Catch us at 4:45pm when we speak about how you can "Automate Your Business Processes using Open Source Software".

See you there!

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Joget Workflow Unveiled to the Emiratis at the MSE 2011 Abu Dhabi

For the second consecutive year, our Joget team joined the MATRADE's expedition to the Middle East in the Malaysia Services Exhibition 2011. The exhibition was held in Dubai the previous year.



Her Highness Sheikha Lubna Bint Khalid Al Qasimi, UAE's Minister of Foreign Trade, together with the Honorable YB Dato Mustapa Mohammed officiated the event at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Center (ADNEC).

Held under the patronage of the UAE Ministry of Foreign Trade, the exhibition is supported by the Abu Dhabi Chamber of Commerce and calls for business comities of Malaysia and UAE to enhance their strategic alliances.

MSE 2011 was held alongside Cityscape and Citybuild 2011, one of the region’s largest annual property and construction events.



The exhibition hall featured spacious walkways and discussion areas at strategic locations.



This is our booth! Clean and clear cut, it typifies the simplicity of Joget Workflow works!



Our Business Development VP, George, is seen here talking to one of our booth visitors. In a span of 4 days, we received inquiries from various industries, most notably from the construction sector.

Visitors were overwhelmed, impressed, and at the same time curious about how we managed to deliver such a nice solution despite it being free and open source.

Enough of Joget this and that for now...



We ventured out of our comfort zone and into the unknown for a night of local cuisine and eneded up in a Lebanese restaurant where we enjoyed mixed kebab with beef, mutton and chicken. And for 28 dirham only! It was indeed a very delicious and affordable meal!



Looking at the increase in number of Joget Translation contributors from the Arab community, I must say that our mission to promote Joget Workflow in this part of the world has proven to
be successful.

Download a FREE copy of Joget Workflow and try it out today!

Monday, May 9, 2011

Catch Us at BarCamp Penang 2011


Catch us at BarCamp Penang 2011 that will be held this coming Saturday, 14 May 2011 in KDU College, Penang. Just in case that if you are not quite sure what BarCamp is, here's the quote from Wikipedia.

BarCamp is an international network of user-generated conferences (or unconferences). They are open, participatory workshop-events, whose content is provided by participants. The first BarCamps focused on early-stage web applications, and were related to open source technologies, social protocols, and open data formats. The format has also been used for a variety of other topics, including public transit, health care, and political organizing.

In short, the idea of BarCamp is on sharing knowledge and engaging people of the common interests. This time around, we are going to talk about on how to build a full-fledged workflow application on top of your current WordPress copy in just under 30 minutes.

Come and join us there if you are around Penang at that time folks! It's free to register and attend this BarCamp!

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

We Came, We Saw, We Hacked

It was a gorgeous Saturday afternoon in the Bay Area. Spring was finally here (well actually in the Bay Area, spring comes and goes when it feels like it. Kinda like a case of relatives you don't really like coming over when you least expect it) but in this case, spring was actually here. Not a cloud in the sky, warm weather, nice cool breeze and the occasional concussion when you get in the way of someone playing fetch with their dog.

Given the setting, I was honestly a little apprehensive approaching our hackathon in Stanford. It just seemed like a day that was usually spent on the sand with a beach ball and not a lot of clothes. Considering that we're entering a community of mostly students, I fully expected to step into the venue with a bare handful of attendees plonked in the middle of a bunch of snoring frat guys hung over from the night before.

In any case, pushing those thoughts aside, the first thing I did was....

...get lost.

Seriously. They either change the roads around Stanford an awful lot or I really need to update my GPS maps. At one point, my little Gamin was insisting that I turn right immediately. I would have gladly complied aside from the fact that turning right would have made my car a permanent fixture in someone's living room.

When I did finally get there tho, I was greeted by a very healthy bunch of eager hackers who have already started on technology tutorials. Just a quick side note, the PHP and Python bunch outnumbered *everyone* else by a huge margin. If a fight broke out between the different camps, I figured I'd be the one diving for cover yelling "<?php Echo "Hello World !" ?>". In any case once the Code For America guys arrived (their GPS was a lot more insistent than mine apparently), the hacking started in earnest.

We generally worked on 4 different projects. Chach dragged her bunch off to a corner and worked on web scraping with ScraperWiki, Dan Melton took his guys and built some gems for client libraries that would connect to AFF data, Michael and Michael (it sounds like a cheesy boy band but what can I say, we both just had a cool name) took a group over for Open 311 and I know I'm getting mail bombed for saying this but I honestly can't remember what the fourth group did. There was a lot of tech geek talk that went around that afternoon but the one highlight I want to insert here is: CouchDB is cool :)

Definitely has my seal of approval.

I can't for the life of me give you all the details even if I wanted to. The entire day flew by so quickly and the only moment I was aware of the time was when it turned pitched black out and there was a general murmur of discontentment when youth metabolism and hunger pangs combined. I think the pizza guy was greeted with a level of applause you don't normally see for the winner of an Academy Award.

All in all, it was a *LOT* of fun and I'm certainly looking forward to our next adventure with the CfA folks in this year's Google's Summer of Code.

Quick PS: There was even time for a quick shirt swap of Dan in Joget colors and myself in CfA's. That preluded an episode where we were looking at the fruits of his labors, me volunteering to fill in with a Java library to complement the PHP and Ruby ones they hacked out, and him deciding to diss me by going "who the heck needs Java libraries ?". If you were on Stanford grounds on Saturday night and saw a skinny geek chasing a tall one with a chair, that was probably just us.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Integrate Joget Workflow with Gmail, Google Docs and Google Calendar

Joget Workflow developers are committing full force into the development of Joget Workflow v3.0, with the vision of building a full-fledge workflow application builder that will redefine simplicity in software development.

However, at the same time, our team is also committing enthusiasm into community engagement, to promote Joget Workflow into other strong geeky Web developer communities, by bringing down the barrier for Joget Workflow adoption.

Within less than 2 months, we have released a set of plugins for WordPress integration, Drupal integration, and now ... Google Apps integration!

  1. Google Mail (Gmail) Plugin: send email messages within a process via Gmail's SMTP server
  2. Google Calendar Plugin: create or schedule Google Calendar event within a process
  3. Google Docs Plugin: upload documents to Google Docs within a process

Thanks to the plugin-driven architecture that is powering Joget Workflow, it is so much easier for us to develop integration points with other systems and user directory servers. And at the same time, easy for Web developers of any platform background to roll up your sleeves, and get straight to the job.

So now, it is entirely possible to design and automate a process that looks like this:


Start using them, and let us know your feedbacks. If anyone is keen to further enhance on these plugins and make them better, or create new plugins integrating to other Google technologies, please raise your hand ;) We shall get in touch.

Saturday, March 26, 2011

We Are Going to Abu Dhabi

You got it right. We will be showcasing Joget Workflow in Abu Dhabi in just a couple weeks of time at Malaysia Services Exhibition 2011 (MSE2011) from 17 to 20 April 2011.

Abu Dhabi, U.A.E.

This would mark our second time participating in the Malaysia Services Exhibition organized by the Malaysia External Trade Development Corporation (Matrade). It was held at Dubai last year. This time around, the exhibition will be held at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ANDEC), Abu Dhabi, U.A.E.

For more information about the show, you may check out MSE 2011 presentation slides.

Pre-departure briefing

We will be located at booth A-15 in Hall 10. Be sure to catch us there!

Friday, March 25, 2011

Anyong-haseyo 안녕하세요 - Joget Workflow Speaks Korean and Has RTL Support too

Yes! Joget Workflow speaks Korean, and quite fluently to date, and we're saying so because we've already achieved 99% completion of the language translation by community effort at translate.joget.org.

Here is the introduction to Joget Workflow in Korean language (오픈 소스 워크플로우 애플리케이션 빌더 - 도입부).

Of course, there are many other language translations being actively worked out by our ever-growing community of translators. Indonesian, Spanish and Thai are among the more popular ones.

Let's look at Hangeul 한글 in action and what Joget Workflow looks like in the Korean native alphabet.


Joget Workflow in Korean

RTL Language Support

Do you know that apart from the usual LTR languages, Joget Workflow is packed with RTL language (such as Arabic) support as well? And switching to RTL mode can be done easily in the management console, as shown below.


Switching to RTL support and system locale is just a click away

Come and join us in making Joget Workflow the world's most powerful and linguistically competent free open source process driven application builder!

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Joget Workflow on FLOSS Weekly Interview

It has been 17 months since the first public release of Joget Workflow (back in Oct 2009), started with just 19 downloads recorded in the first month. Today, with the support from worldwide adopters, we are grateful to be listed by Momentum Index as one of the top 96 open source software companies. This reflects a strong early proof of traction for Joget Workflow.

FLOSS Weekly

15 hours ago, we were on live telly, interviewed by TWiT's FLOOS Weekly. You can listen or watch the podcast here. The session was hosted by Randal Schwartz and Aaron Newcomb. Our CEO in the Valley - Michael Yap, was taking lead responding to the interview questions, and I was more of a backbencher haha.

Even though this is not the first time for us to be interviewed on Joget Workflow project, but we have been very much looking forward to this, as the FLOSS Weekly program objective and audiences fit perfectly into the model of our software -- free, libre, open source!

The interview was casted at 9.30am PDT, but that was 12.30am mid-night for me in Kuala Lumpur :p But too bad, the Internet upstream wasn't cooperative to me for video call at that moment.

Some Stories That Seldom Been Told





The interview wasn't just about what Joget Workflow is, and the problems that we are targeting to solve with this open source software. But, Michael also talked about how the team started this project, and the technical background that we came from.

We don't have super-star celebrity software engineer,  but it is developed and steered by a group of highly competent Java EE developers, who truly believes in the product that we are crafting, and passionate about creating the world’s most user friendly open source workflow application builder.

The technical team of Joget Workflow was working on the development of a stateful widget-based Java Web MVC framework back in year 2002, when the technology world was recovering from the dot-com bubble burst. Then, the MVC framework was used to develop a productized enterprise-scale knowledge portal. All these achievements were done during the time when MVC and widget were still little-known concepts, when there wasn’t much significant MVC framework exists, when portal and portlet were still a strange jargon, and when JSR-168 specification was not even been released!

How to Pronounce "Joget"?

Listen to the interview podcast, and you will find the answer ;)

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

What's New in Joget Workflow v2?

Not just sleek and cool looking Web 2.0 UI; the navigation design is also further improved in Joget Workflow v2 to enhance user experience.


New Facelift

Well-organized drop-down menu, breadcrumb navigation, form browsing by category, and process thumbnail image are some of the usability enhancements introduced in Joget Workflow v2. Open source software doesn't have to look unappealing.



Userview - Everyone Can Create an Application System

Ever wish for the processes you deploy in Joget Workflow to have a front-end web application system? A leave application system for the leave application process, a travel management system for the flight reservation process and staff recruitment system for the recruitment process.



Now, with Joget Workflow v2, we are able to configure (not develop) a front-end application, known as userview, for each process just by clicking and typing to customize the userview application front-end. So, in addition to performing a workflow task from Workflow Management Console, we can now also create a customizable web application front-end that allows users to:

  • view submitted data
  • view activities requiring his/her attention
  • view aggregated report of all records submitted for an activity
  • search submitted data

    Try out the sample userview that we have bundled into Joget Workflow v2, by navigating to Design Process > Manage Userviews.

    Are you surprised that all these new features are again available out-of-the-box, from an open source software? We're creating and sharing out full-fledge free open source software, not handicapped lite-version free software.



    Mobile View



    To the on-the-move executives, being able to perform or attend to an approval task anytime and from anywhere means improved efficiency, which translates to time and cost saving. Now with Joget Workflow v2, the Mobile View feature enables us to run a process and submit a form from smart phones. The Mobile View is best used in approval activity, in which a decision can be quickly relayed to speed up the turnaround time of a process.

    We have tested Joget Workflow Mobile View with iPhone 3GS, HTC Touch series, Nokia N71/N97 mini and Android 2.1 (WebKit-based).