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).
  • Saturday, March 12, 2011

    Advantages of Joget Workflow

    Similar to any other products, two of the questions that we are most frequently asked, are:

    1. What are the advantages of Joget Workflow?
    2. How do you compare Joget Workflow to competitors like X, Y and Z?

    I'm pretty sure there are many people Googling for such information too, so I might as well publish my thoughts here.

    By the way, I'm only writing about some key advantages of Joget Workflow here, not competitor analysis :)

    1. Open Source Software

    Being an open source model, software is not the only deliverable of Joget Workflow. In fact, the source code is also one of the deliverables. So, comparing to closed-source products, the source codes in Joget Workflow can be seen and examined by anyone, including the software engineering experts. This encourages the software engineers contributing to Joget Workflow to produce higher quality source codes.

    Thus, the open source model of Joget Workflow enables flexibilities in the following key implementation aspects:
    • Bug-fixing: When a bug is spotted in proprietary software, the only people who can fix it are the original developers, as only they have access to the source code. Open source software is different. As a large number of users can access and change the code, bugs tend to be more visible and more rapidly corrected. One of the slogans of the open source movement is that "given enough eyeballs, all bugs are shallow".
    • Customization: Closed source applications can only be customized or adapted within the scope provided by the original vendor but never outside its boundaries. Open source applications may be customized by anyone with the requisite skill. Thus, open source software can be readily adapted to meet specific user needs.

    2. Simplicity

    Simplicity is the ultimate goal subscribed by Joget Workflow development team.

    Unlike other BPM software, Joget Workflow is not dependent on any developer studio or IDE (such as .NET Studio, Visual Studio, Eclipse IDE) for its functions. In other words, users without familiarity with developer tools or developer experience (business analyst, process consultant) can create a fully functional workflow application using Joget Workflow.

    In the immediate product roadmap (v3), the graphical Form Builder in Joget Worfklow v3 will be a powerful full-fledge flexible and extensible electronic form builder for everyone.

    Alternatively, workflow activities can also be mapped to external form built on any Web platform (PHP, .NET, Java Web, Ruby on Rails, etc).

    3. Standard-Compliant Workflow Designer

    The Workflow Designer in Joget Workflow is complying with XPDL standard, which is designed for people-driven workflow.

    4. Plugin Architecture

    Joget Workflow supports plugin architecture to achieve extensibility and adaptability of product features. So, any kind of integration that is not yet available in Joget Workflow as standard feature can be accomplished by developing a plugin, without breaking the fundamental core of the product.

    And due to the beauty of open source model, anyone with Java programming knowledge can freely develop any plugin needed, and distribute them.

    5. Open API

    Joget Workflow offers a set of JSON and JavaScript APIs to enable integration from any Web platform. So, adopters don’t need to choose a Web platform that works with Joget Workflow, but Joget Workflow can be simply integrated with any preferred Web platform.

    6. Works with Enterprise Systems

    With reference to the plugin architecture and open APIs as mentioned above, the following components are available with Joget Workflow to enable its seamless integration with enterprise systems:
    • External User Directory: Instead of using the default Joget Workflow user base and organization chart, custom Directory Manager plugin can be installed into Joget Workflow, to integrate with external user directory, such as Active Directory and LDAP server.
    • Web Portal: User can easily embed any process, task inbox and process list into external Web site/portal, such as Web Part in SharePoint, portlet in Liferay and widget in WordPress, using JavaScript snippet.

    7. No Client Component in Joget Workflow

    Joget Workflow doesn’t have any client component that requires client-end installation. The Workflow Designer is powered by Java Web, and the Workflow Management Console and Form Builder are fully Web-based.

    8. Platform Independent

    Joget Workflow can be installed on any operating system that has Java SE 6 support, which includes Linux, Solaris and Windows.

    Besides, Joget Workflow database can also be deployed on MySQL, Oracle 10g and SQL Server 2005.

    So, if you find the advantages mentioned above to be beneficial for your implementation, give Joget Workflow a try ;)

    Thursday, March 10, 2011

    Joget Workflow rides the 1st quarter of 2010 with intensive training programs

    As it looks to expand itself regionally, Joget Workflow delivered a compelling training program to its community of users in Jakarta, Indonesia on March 2 and 3, 2010. Entitled Joget Workflow Basic Training, the sessions were conducted at the Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry or KADIN (Kamar Dagang dan Industri Indonesia) where participants from various industries, ranging from IT Solutions Developers to Finance, attended. Key segments included identifying processes in the organization, simulating and drawing up real-life workflows based on business requirements, and managing and automating processes and, at the conclusion of the training, participants were able to design sample workflows independently.

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    KADIN, venue for the Joget Workflow Basic Training in Jakarta

    The 2-day Joget Workflow Basic Training provided Joget Workflow users with an opportunity to experience the training strengths of Joget Workflow specialists. Participants were able to attest to the advantages and benefits of the training methodology and delivery that, among others, equipped them (IT developers, in particular) with the knowledge and tools essential in designing solutions based on processes.

    The success of the Joget Workflow Basic Training in Jakarta left those who attended with a remarkably higher proficiency in using Joget Workflow Management System, with several ready to install Joget Workflow onto their servers for a trial rollout. And with the realization of participants that it is easy and simple to implement workflow solutions using Joget Workflow, the training team knew without a doubt that the great deal of care they took in putting the program together was indeed well worth the effort.

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    Some participants during the training, as they explore an inspiring vista of solutions offered by Joget Workflow

    Sunday, March 6, 2011

    Tech Investing Trend

    I'm back to the warmer part of the world from the lovely California's winter-spring transition for the incredibly huge Asian market, and Michael is also back to our bootstrapping office in Sunnyvale. We have done our very best (I believe so) at DEMO Spring 2011 to demonstrate Joget Workflow as a workflow application builder, to build a helpdesk web application integrated with voice and text services (using Joget Workflow's Twilio plugins), all amazingly within 5 minutes!



    Those who came to our booth and witnessed the short demo, had mostly given us a jaw-dropping reaction.

    Something That DEMO Failed to Fulfill

    Overall, the DEMO conference was a great one, and the agenda between conference tracks and exhibitor's pavilion opening was nicely arranged.

    Joget Workflow Joget Workflow at DEMO Spring 2011

    Among the large pool of interesting tech startups launching at DEMO, we have also managed to create some exposures for Joget Workflow with the conference attendees via social media channels, by utilizing the #DEMOcon tweetstream.

    However, I'm dissatisfied with the organizer's inability to fulfill a clause promised at the official site for sponsors:
    Three minute video interview created and posted on demo.com
    Oh? That sounds pretty interesting and useful for media exposure. But unfortunately, it wasn't fulfilled! Our team has been in contact with the organizer before the event, to confirm about the 3-minute video interview. We were told that the video interview will be done during the DEMO event, but ... to no avail.

    Tech Investing Trend

    Early this year, Dave McClure has published an article titled "Top 10 tech investing trends for 2011". Quite a number of the Internet startups launched at DEMO are falling within the trend. This would also mean, Internet startups in the trending domains are easier to attract venture capitalist's funding.

    Joget Workflow, a technology software with open source business model, is not within any of the tech investing trends of the year. But, that doesn't make us a less attractive investment target (I hope :p), considering these strengths and advantages (self-promotion in progress):
    1. While other software in the BPM and workflow spaces are racing for complexity (fat, rich, feature-packed), Joget Workflow is aiming to achieve one concise objective -- simple workflow application builder for everyone.
    2. A technology software that targets mass adoption with the upcoming roll-out of Joget Workflow v3, which allows anyone to easily install off-the-shelf workflow application downloadable from the Marketplace.
    3. Achieved quite a strong foundation of significant milestones, within the first 12 months of Joget Workflow's first release.
    4. Active community support to translate Joget Workflow from English to other languages, such as Korean, Spanish, Indonesian, Thai, Russian, and etc.
    5. We have a global team that understands the cultures of the East and West hemispheres of the world.
    Oh well... St. Patrick's Day is coming, more reasons for Irish brew. Sláinte ("cheers/good health" in Irish)! I've just learnt this Irish greeting from a tweep of mine, @mauricecoyle.