Alfresco Activiti – Overview of BPMN Suite

In December, we highlighted the Alfresco announcement of the new Activiti BPMN Suite, a new web interface that runs on the Activiti engine that allows users to design workflows on the fly and to share them with different users with different levels of permissions. We sampled the BPMN Suite using a 30 day trial at https://activiti.alfresco.com/. Since then, Alfresco released an early version of the enterprise version of the suite, which we installed on our servers for a test run. The video below highlights the various features of the Activiti BPMN Suite using a sample Publishing Request workflow.

The overview includes:

  • A look at the BPMN and step editors
  • Configuring custom forms
  • Creating an “app,” which is a way to group workflows and share them with different users and groups
  • Completing a workflow in the new interface

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Productization of Alfresco Activiti (and the Standalone Activiti BPMN Suite)

During Alfresco Summit 2014, Alfresco announced they would begin offering Activiti, their popular workflow and BPM engine, as a separate product offering complete with web interface for building and deploying workflows called the Activiti BPMN Suite.

Previous versions of Activiti were able to be used without an Alfresco installation. In previous years, TSG converted all of our Active Wizard workflows to Activiti, which run on both Alfresco and Documentum. The big news about 2014’s announcement is the Activiti workflow engine will now be offered with a front end web application, allowing users to create and modify workflow templates on the fly and start ad hoc workflows from any web browser. Continue reading