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 ;)