Tuesday, 3 June 2008
Intalio - Becoming a Good Fit for Enterprise
Although I really like the approach that Intalio has taken to BPMS with its use, support and provisioning of Open Source components and adoption of standards, I have been frustrated by the user interface and lack of reporting mechanisms for the BPMS itself (broadly BAM). The user interface was developed to support the Tempo workflow component without much consideration that people engaged in workflow may need to have some integration with systems that are not to be provided by the Intalio solutions. There may even be a corporate way of presenting the user interface for tasks/to-do lists (Microsoft's Outlook has a fairly wide usage in this respect). It is intuitively clear that given the use of standards like SOAP in Intalio, replacement of the UI at run-time is fairly simple as all the interfaces are defined in WSDL. Not so easy, is incorporating a replacement UI into the Intalio Designer (eclipse-based). However, there has apparently been some work going on in dark corners to resolve these and the up-coming user conference will have some show and tell on replacing the user interface using, as an example, Ruby-on-Rails. My particular interest will be to see if a full-function XFORMS user-interface can be developed combining the benefits of the visual form design already in Intalio with the ability to use standard message schemas and have full control of the submissions from the form. There has been some smart work on BAM which looks to be following the common Intalio thread of open source by using the Eclipse BIRT reporting project . Again this is featured at the user conference. Unfortunately, I am not able to make the conference but will be following the output with interest.