Active Endpoints Tunes ActiveVOS BPM for Private Cloud, SaaS
Active Endpoints has tuned BPM for private and public clouds. ActiveVOS 9.0 Enterprise Edition and ActiveVOS Data Center Edition are scalable, secure and add resource sharing and multi-site clustering. Optimized for SaaS, the Data Center option comes with multi-tenant virtual partitioning.
Active Endpoints has tuned BPM for private and public clouds, bringing its lifecycle BPM offering – develop, test, deploy and operate – to the cloud to cut cost and complexity for IT.
ActiveVOS 9.0 Enterprise Edition and ActiveVOS Data Center Edition are scalable, secure and add resource sharing and multi-site clustering. Optimized for SaaS, the Data Center option comes with multi-tenant virtual partitioning.
IDN speaks with Active Endpoints CTO Michael Rowley about the cloud-ready ActiveVOS 9.0 BPM releases.
Developing and deploying BPM can be costly, complex and difficult to manage, so IT is looking to the cloud to make it easier and less expensive to support the business need for multiple process applications, he Rowley said. In fact, cloud has the attention of Active Endpoints at the highest level. CEO Mark Taber noted, “Private and public cloud adoption are clearly emerging trends with our Global 2000 and SaaS provider customers that want a highly scalable, secure and cost effective process automation platform.”
As to the ActiveVOS Data Center Edition for SaaS, the multi-tenant architecture can securely partition ActiveVOS into discrete groups, which cuts complexity and increases hardware utilization. This approach allows each client and/or tenant to share resources, and still retain its own private and secure access to ActiveVOS functionality, Rowley said.
Another trend driving Active Endpoints’ cloud-based BPM programs, Rowley told IDN, is an explosion of mobile devices. “Adoption of mobile for BPM is a definite trend we’re seeing, so in addition to cloud support, we’ve also created a special end user [display] environment that is independent of Flash, so it can be used on all tablets and mobile devices.”
Why ActiveVOS BPM Comes in 2 Cloud Flavors
But, why does ActiveVOS 9.0 come in two cloud versions?
Rowley has a simple answer, and a timely one given the Tour De France is now winding its ways through the French countryside.
“A lot of people try to create an off-road bike and a racing bike as a single bike, and hybrid bikes tend not to be really good at either,” Rowley told IDN. “It’s similar for cloud and BPM.”
When BPM companies build a solution simple enough for business users, it simply doesn’t have the tooling or features to enable IT to update or refine the solution, Rowley said. “And that’s because the hybrid solution just doesn’t offer the deep-down tooling that IT needs,” he added. “So, rather than build one hybrid solution for everyone, our approach with ActiveVOS offers a tailored solution for both groups – a powerful general purpose tool for IT, backed by strong architecture; and a specialized solution for business users.”
Beyond cloud awareness, ActiveVOS 9.0 also continues to focus on technologies to help IT and business users better collaborate on BPM projects and keep designers and implementations aligned.
As an example, ActiveVOS 9.0 uses a process modeling palette that unifies BPMN and BPEL, Rowley said. “So, we use BPMN to present to the modeler and we then execute using BPEL standards. This way the model and what executes are always simultaneously valid at any one time and ensures that all models and implementation are never out of synch.”
This new palette, which uses BPMN 2.0 modeling constructs, makes it possible to use constructs that will match the semantics of an activity or situation. For example, palettes (rather than rigid templates) allow designers to model a service “invoke” activity as a BPMN service task, a BPMN business rule task or even a message send event, Rowley explained. Prior to ActiveVOS 9.0, this could only be modeled as a service task, he said.
Further, to ensure that policies and flows crafted in models and designtime are complied with at runtime, add documentation onto individual processes, Rowley said. This documentation is now exportable in Word. During operations, ActiveVOS 9.0 provides runtime views of what has happened in their processes, and even what will happen. This provides easy access to context of events and even analytics, he added.
Other ActiveVOS 9.0 upgrade features include:
- Enhanced Process Designer Uses BPMN 2.0 modeling constructs and a new relationship view that highlights dependencies, BUnit code coverage reports and a brand new XQuery editor
- Performance Dashboard To monitor server health, request performance and throughput, perform application tuning and identify resource and service bottlenecks
- High Performance Dispatch Manager To make transaction throughput more predictable by eliminating the slowdown that occurs when incoming traffic spikes unexpectedly
- Standards Support Offers full compliance with BPMN 2.0, XQuery 3.0 and XSLT 2.0 standards
Early adopter reaction to ActiveVOS 9.0 has been positive. Guerman Smirnov, Manager, Fulfillment Systems, AAPT, a telecom company based in Australia said in a statement that ActiveVOS 9.0 “results not only in our ability to deliver high value process automation applications even more quickly and efficiently, but also improves interaction between IT and the rest of the business.”