On the Maturity of Open Source BPM Systems

TitleOn the Maturity of Open Source BPM Systems
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2009
AuthorsWohed, P, ter Hofstede, AHM, Russell, N, Andersson, B, van der Aalst, WMP
Secondary TitleBP Trends
Pagination(11 pages)
Date Published06/2009

Two major trends in the area of information systems development are the growing interest for Workflow and Busi- ness Process Management (BPM) systems and the increasing acceptance and spread of open source software. This development raises the following questions:
1. What are the prominent representatives of current open source Workflow and BPM systems? 2. What is the maturity level of these systems?
Seeking answers to these questions we have performed a study. First an overview of the existing open source systems was made and three systems: jBPM, OpenWFE, and Enhydra Shark, selected for further analysis. Then a detailed analysis on the selected systems was performed. The results from this analysis were documented and the developers invited to comment. Based on the feedback from the developers the results were revisited and the study finalized [5]. In this article we summarise the study and reflect on the area of open source BPM systems.


"Figure 1 shows a snapshot (from 3rd of July 2008) of the most downloaded workflow and BPM systems distributed through a code repository. The systems in the figure are ordered historically with respect to month and year of their registration. The code repositories searched for this snapshot were SourceForge, RubyForge, ObjectWebForge, Tigris.org, BountySource, BerliOS, JavaForge and GNU Savannah"

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