Is there a list of available open source/commercial BPMN 2.0 implementations? I work for IBM and I'd like to know how far IBM is with their Lombardi/BPM V8 and BPMN 2.0. Have you ever had a chance to work with the product? Which one would you recommend to start with?
Is the Cameo Business Modeller only a modeller or a runtime environment as well? I've heard a lot of good opinions on the products from No Magic, so I'm not surprised to hear it again.
Joined: Mar 11, 2004
Cameo Business Modeler standalone is not a runtime environment. If you buy it as a plug-in for MagicDraw UML, then you get runtime, code generation etc. etc. BPMN on it's own is OK, but it is very incomplete - it only models processes - you can't model static semantics such as classes, components and so on. So if you want a complete modelling solution, you need BPMN + UML and the best way to get that is as an integrated tool. I have never seen the other approach, where there are separate BPMN and UML toolsets, work in practice. This is another reason I like Cameo - you can start standalone, and very low cost, and then if you need UML, you can seamlessly move to MagicDraw with the Cameo plug-in. It's a great strategy.
That's why I like Lombardi/BPM where I can design executable BPMN2 models and run them with a single click. I've heard there're products where you model first and you need to export the model to deploy it onto a runtime environment which is often a separate product from another company. I think ARIS sells such a product.
Disclaimer: Please note that I work for IBM and after 6 years I found myself enjoying most WebSphere products