So recently SAP recently decided to acquire a startup I used to work for called SeeWhy. The journey for SeeWhy has had a few bumps (hence why I moved on). But this is great news for the guys and the end of the beginning as they move into a new chapter and I would like to congratulate the guys and wish them well in the arms of the new German parent.
I’ve been a little on the quiet side on the blogging front, as I’ve been busy with work related activities.
Firstly getting SeeWhy’s first SeeWhy for JBoss jBPM customer up and running on a platform combination we’ve not really dealt with much before namely JBoss 4.2.2 on Red Hat Linux. Taking into account the fact that the installation included setting up the environment and a jBPM source machine the install went very quickly and smoothly.
Secondly, I shall be parting company with SeeWhy in the New Year for pastures new, and green (literally) as I’ll be going to work for Specsavers as an Integration Architect. The Specsavers interview process has been an interesting experience which included, psychometrics tests, stand up presentations, and technical exams, along with the traditional face to face conversation.
So in January I’d imagine that my blogging activities will be a bit on the slow side as I’ll be pretty busy getting my feet under the desk as they say with the new job.
SeeWhy for jBPM now has three videos that have been put together that illustrate SeeWhy what it is, and what can be done. Although the videos are aimed at jBPM they’re just as applicable to any BPM solution, not just jBPM. The videos also give some sense as to what SeeWhy has the potential to be able to do.
The videos are freely available from Google, and higher res versions that can be downloaded from the SeeWhy website. With the higher resolution versions you can see in detail what is being done.
Part 1 – Introduction to SeeWhy for jBPM
Part 2 – Business Activity Monitoring
Part 3 – Event Driven Business Intelligence
SeeWhy for JBoss jBPM is the latest evolution in the integration between jBPM which forms a crucial element in the orchestration of JBoss’ SOA (Service Orientated Architecture) stack. We’ve produced some video clips complete with commentary together that show the core parts of the SeWhy for JBoss jBPM along with looking at SeeWhy in the broader context of BI (Business Intelligence) and BAM (Business Activity Monitoring). The SeeWhy page here has both low res streaming versions of the videos and downloadable high res versions.
If you’re interested in work flow and how you can monitor and measure its activity both in terms of IT operational performance and in the business context then the three clips will be ten minutes well spent.
Useful links …
It would appear that the SeeWhy press announcements about the latest publicly available version of SeeWhy are filtering out (e.g. webitpr | SeeWhy Announces Version 3.4 to Drive Online 1-to-1 Marketing )onto the Net. The announcements also reflect the current push into the Customer Experience Management (CEM) application of our real-time event processing platform.
As SeeWhy is an event engine with configured and configurable metrics it provides a very powerful offering that will allow simple measurement such as user experience (such as how well are page requests being serviced – in general and for key customers) all the way through to some significant business orientated metrics – website performance against hit to sale conversions trended over a time. Particularly when you add to this a highly customisable closed loop capabilities.
Jorrem Barrez’s blog has a brilliant demo (video and slides) of a proof of concept that presents JBoss jBPM (JBoss’ Business Process Management tool) and SeeWhy being used to provide a BAM (Business Activity Monitoring) capability for jBPM (Small steps with big feet » Blog Archive » Some real-life jBPM action: PoC jBPM Orchestration). Jorrem appears to have worked version 3.2 of SeeWhy and taken advantage of the jBPM Integration Guide. Its pleasing to see that they thought it was well documented, the good news is that his proof of concept will come together even more easily with some of the forthcoming features.
With the big push at SeeWhy to get Version 3.4 out of the door coming to an end, I’m expecting to get time to finalise SeeWhy for JBoss jBPM – a BAM solution for JBoss jBPM (JBoss’ Business Process Management tool which is also used to provide orchestration of the JBoss SOA platform) using the SeeWhy realtime BI product. The core of this has been largely finished for some time, as we demo’d it in Orlando for JBoss World but the production quality finishing and the final piece of functionality – providing the closed loop capabilities such that SeeWhy can start new jBPM processes or get existing processes to resume had been held up. Unfortunately trying to get a good grip on this and the threading implications hasn’t been so straight forward giving the limited amount and quality of documentation (for example javadoc for jBPM is very sparse) and example code available. Although I am very pleased with the quality of documentation that the next generation of jBPM is likely to have having seen the PVM (Process Virtual Machine) source code for its first release.
To press releases to day for SeeWhy, one about the ‘BPM Integration Kit’ with a nice quote from Matt Cumberlidge (SeeWhy Releases Business Process Management Integration Kit). The second is finally announcing Version 3.2 of the product (SeeWhy Adds Advanced Profiling to SeeWhy Community Edition 3.2 ) with a good quote from IDC analyst Alys Woodward.
A couple more articles about SeeWhy have appeared in the major press:
The news about our success at SeeWhy with eCourier is clearly starting to spread. Rather than blow my own horn (as Software Development Manager) for SeeWhy just take at look at the article on ebizQ – Link to SeeWhy Software Selected by eCourier.
Hopefully we’ll have some more news soon.