Eric D. Schabell: January 2014

Friday, January 31, 2014

JBoss Developer Studio 7 - how to setup SOA Tools (BRMS example)

Illustration 1: JBoss Central product tooling, shown with
Integration & BPM tooling already installed

This post has been updated, you will find the original posting at the bottom of this article.

The final release of the Integration & BPM tooling for JBoss Developer Studio (JBDS) has gone public.

This is now arranged centrally, funny enough, in the JBoss Central tab of your JBDS 7.1. Illustration 1 shows that if you access the Software/Update tab at the bottom of JBoss Central, you will find the product tooling available to you. Just select the checkbox that applies to you.

You no longer need to use the methods below to pull in your developer tooling for the following Red Hat products:
  • JBoss Business Rules Management System (BRMS)
  • ,JBoss BPM Suite
  • JBoss Fuse
  • JBoss A-MQ
  • JBoss Data Virtualization (JDV)
  • JBoss Fuse Service Works (FSW)
Step 2: SOA Tools Update Site 
The original post below still applies, but requires more work by hand on your part, so I suggest you take the approach outlined above.

Original post: 11 April 2013

Continuing on the series of how to install and configure your latest JBoss Dev Studio (JBDS) for JBoss BRMS / SOA products, here we provide the latest early release of JBDS version 7. 

Step 3: BRMS tooling
The plugin update site for the BRMS and SOA tooling is providing developing components so be aware of that.
Here is how you set it up:
  1. Get the latest JBDS 7 from your local Customer Support Portal (CSP) or get your evaluation copy.
  2. You are missing the BRMS tooling, so add the JBoss SOA Tools update site via "Help -> Install New Software...",   
  3. Select "BRMS Tooling"
After install you are ready to rock with all the new tooling supporting Rules, Events and
Processes (jBPM).
Looking to Automate your business?

Other options

In the past we have outlined the use of JBoss BPM and rules tooling for other versions of JBDS:

Boston JUG Report - Zero to Hero with JBoss Business Rules Primer

I mentioned last week that I would be at the local Boston JUG and we did the session covering all that you need to know about JBoss Business Rules & Business Process Management.

We covered the session and I provided the attendees with a set of labs for their entertainment (let's call it homework) to further explore the details discussed this evening. I also demo'ed a few of the projects that you can get started with and provided the links for the attendees to grab the code.

For an impression of the event I snapped a picture or two:

We now have a few new rules & BPM heroes in the make around the Boston area!

Thanks to all that made the trip out into the cold, I really enjoyed meeting you all!

Thursday, January 30, 2014

JBoss Webinar Slides Available - Getting a move on with JBoss BPM Suite 6

I broadcast previously that I would be doing some storytelling on a webinar this week, around Red Hat JBoss BRMS & BPM Suite products.

This webinar was to give a light overview and then take a look closer at the migration of an older JBoss BRMS 5 project to the soon to be available JBoss BPM Suite 6.

There were over 300 registrations for this event and I got a lot of questions online during the event that I was not all able to get to. Don't worry, I will be getting to them over the next week and get back to you personally if you asked a question that did not get answered live online.

Here are the slides I used, for your viewing pleasure.

Watch for those replies and thanks for joining me for this story!

Friday, January 24, 2014

JBoss BPM Suite Generic Loan demo getting worldwide love

The next time you are in a Red Hat office somewhere in the world, keep your eyes peeled for the digital signage that is displaying all manner of news. They are somewhere on the walls at our offices all over the world, from Amsterdam to Singapore, from Raleigh to Tokyo.

Keep your eyes peeled as we have hijacked the sequence and inserted our very own JBoss BPM Suite demo announcement. It looks like the image found here and even includes a QR code that you can scan to jump right to the demo.

Feel free to use the slide in your presentations and if you happen to see one of these live, snap a picture, push it out on twitter to @ericschabell.

How cool is that?

Update 04 Feb 2014, sign sighting in Tokyo, Japan office, caused a spontaneous celebration!

Update 17 Feb 2014, sign sighting in Munich, Germany office, shouted out to the twitter universe!

Thursday, January 23, 2014

JBoss User Group (JBUG) Chicago - Workshops with JBoss Evangelists

In a few weeks time, Feb 6th, 2014 in Chicago we will have one of the more special JBUG meetups in a long time. There will be a star studded group of JBoss Evangelists in attendance providing you with a chance to participate in diverse workshops based on JBoss technology.

Attendees can choose from several workshops around these topics:
  • Hands on with Java EE 7 and WildFly
  • Improve Performance with Distributed Data Grids with JBoss Data Grid
  • A sneak peak at JBoss Fuse Service Works 6 a Next-Generation Integration Solution
  • Remove complexity and increase business agility with Red Hat JBoss BRMS & BPM Suite 6
The following Evangelists will be in attendance to help you along with the workshops and any questions you might have around JBoss technologies:

Andrew Rubinger is Red Hat’s JBoss Developer Advocate and Program Manager. Advocate for and speaker on open, testable enterprise Java development, author of O’Reilly Media’s “Enterprise Java Beans 3.1” and the upcoming "Continuous Enterprise Development in Java" from O'Reilly Media. Member of the JBoss Core Development Team and Technical Lead of the ShrinkWrap project

Eric D. Schabell is the JBoss technology evangelist for Integration and BPM products at Red Hat. He is responsible for various outbound technical aspects of promoting JBoss Enterprise Middleware integration products and services (BRMS/BPM, SOA, and data integration), has traveled the world speaking at conferences and is the author of The OpenShift Primer. He has been working within software development since 1998 for many different enterprises. Follow this blog at

Kenny Peeples is a JBoss Technology Evangelist with a focus on Fuse, A-MQ, Data Virtualization, and Fuse Service Works. Previously, Architect in Cloud, Mobile and SOA with Security Focus for Government Agencies such as Department of Defense and Department of Homeland Security. Ken travels the world discussing how developers can adopt JBoss related technologies within their integration efforts. Checkout all the technology and projects ken works on at

You can sign up via the MeetUp registration page and we are looking forward to seeing you there!

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Java User Group (JUG) - Boston Meetup Zero to Hero with JBoss Business Rules

At the end of January I will be touring through the Boston area on my way to Chicago where we are gathering for the ChicagoJBUG.

On January 31, 2014 at 18:00 hrs in Boston there will be a JUG meetup where I have been invited to make hero's in the JBoss Rules & BPM space.

Zero to Hero with the JBoss Business Rules Primer

This session will get you started with JBoss Business Rules and BPM. It will walk you through some of the capabilities, components and basic concepts that one needs to understand to start building process and rule-driven applications. Join us for an hour of Business Process Management (BPM) concepts, explanations of how to capture your enterprises logic in business rules and a demonstration or two from real live processes that bring these concepts to life. Take a walk with us through several live demos where we explain step by step what is happening and how you too can reproduce these locally. By the end of this session you too can amaze your friends and colleagues, becoming the local JBoss Rules & BPM hero!

See you all there!

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

JBoss BPM Suite Workshop in Tokyo Japan

Last week I spent two full days with the Red Hat middleware team in Tokyo, Japan giving a workshop to partners, customers, and a few internal people on the Red Hat JBoss BPM Suite product.

There were around 30 in attendance and the experience of teaching through an interpreter was one I will never forget. It was a fantastic group from the Tokyo office, including Solution Architect teams that supported the lab portion of each day as most of the attendees needed Japanese language support.

Some of the highlights included my interpreter helping me decipher the vending machine outside so I could buy the right type of coffee... talk about a process!

There was also a good section covering both localization with the JBoss BPM Suite showing a demo running fully in Japanese and a good look at the migration strategy for getting from the previous version to the JBoss BPM Suite 6.

One evening the team took us out to experience real Japanese culture, Karaoke, something I won't soon forget!

Finally, I met with and got Hisao Furuichi to commit to translations of the articles found here around JBoss into Japanese, so keep your eyes peeled for more of that in the future.

Here is a photo impression of the two day event including some of the fantastic food that the local area offered.

I look forward to the next trip to Japan.

JBoss in Japanese - welcome to Hisao Furuichi

I met up last week in Tokyo, Japan with a very interesting character who was very enthusiastic about the JBoss BRMS & BPM Suite products.

We got to chatting and he was very much up for the idea to bring some of my content to the Japanese market in a website that would provide translations for all the content. We shook on it, made a plan, and I headed for home on a plane the next day.

Before I even hit the ground again in Europe, Hisao had started up his blog and began to pump out the content for his Japanese audiences. I will be adding in links at the top and bottom of my posts, where applicable and that Hisao translates for you.

If you are interested in his motivation, catch this article talking about the what, where, and why he got started.

Not only is he blogging, you can find him on Twitter at @hfuruichi where he will push his translations too.

As you might have seen in the past year, Christina Lin will continue to provide the Chinese translations giving us a truly international reach into the Asian marketplace.

Welcome to the show Hisao!

Monday, January 20, 2014

Red Hat Summit - Rocking the BPM, Rules, Cloud, and PaaS Stories

This year Red Hat Summit will be held on the West Coast in San Francisco from 11 - 17 April. I have been invited this year to speak on several interesting topics, which will take the form of a session and a lab workshop.

Attached to this is the all new community event, DevNation, that you won't want to miss.

My sessions and lab are as follows, check the Red Hat Summit schedule for exact day, time, and location to be posted soon.

The JBoss Cloud Guide to all things xPaaS

Whether your business applications are based on Java EE 6, PHP, or Ruby, cloud environments are turning out to be perfect for business development. There are plenty of cloud and Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) options to choose from, but where do you start?
In this session, Eric Schabell will provide examples, demos, and practical tips for ratcheting up your knowledge of open source, middleware-based xPaaS functionality. Not only will you be able to set up diverse PaaS solutions, you’ll also learn how to use your existing application with the product of your choice. Using OpenShift by Red Hat, our PaaS, we’ll show examples with Red Hat ‘s BPM and mobile solutions, SwitchYard, Opta Planner, and Red Hat JBoss Portal, in just minutes.
Join us to learn more about the practicality of Red Hat’s xPaaS vision and the role Red Hat JBoss Middleware can play.

Lab: Automate Your Business with JBoss Integration & BPM

Both business process management (BPM) and business rules management (BRM) technologies have emerged as powerful approaches to building agile business solutions, fostering true collaboration between business and IT stakeholders. Red Hat is leading the way with a new generation of open source BRMS and BPM platforms.
In this lab, we’ll spend a couple hours hunkered down with Red Hat JBoss BRMS and Red Hat’s BPM solution. You’ll:
  • Learn to automate your business with flexible, rules-based, process-driven business applications.
  • Work on existing functional projects that you’ll be required to extend, using new components such as the model designer, form designer, process designer, and rules tooling.
  • Be able to recreate several complete demo projects by the end of the lab and you’ll have the material to extend them with various real life business aspects.

Monday, January 13, 2014

JBoss BRMS & BPM Suite Workshop Singapore

This last week I was in Singapore to expose the APAC regional colleagues to the wonderful world of Red Hat JBoss BRMS & Red Hat JBoss BPM Suite.

This was a two day workshop with over 24 attendees from places around the region like Japan, Singapore, Korea, Australia, China, and Taiwan.

The workshop consisted of the following dives into the various aspects of the rules and process products with a heavy emphasis on the delta of change between the previous JBoss BRMS and the new JBoss BPM Suite.

Day 1

  • Overview what’s new
  • Deployment lifecycle
  • Lunch
  • Data modeling
  • Forms modeler
  • Task and Process
  • Service Tasks

Day 2

  • Simulation
  • Business Activity Modeling (BAM)
  • Execution Server
  • Lunch
  • Product Demo Installations
  • Migration JBoss BRMS 5.3 → JBoss BPM Suite Story

For an impression of the week I have included the following photos.

Next week I am off to Tokyo, Japan for a partner workshop.

Friday, January 10, 2014

JBoss BPM Suite Webinar - Get a move on with JBoss BPM Suite 6

I will be hosting a webinar on the topic of migration from the current version of Red Hat JBoss BRMS 5 to the upcoming release of Red Hat JBoss BPM Suite 6 on January 30th, 2014 at 16:00 UTC, 11:00 New York, 17:00 Paris, and 21:30 Mumbai.

I have written some material on this topic and you can freshen your knowledge before this webinar you can review the Migration Tips and fully migrated Customer Evaluation project articles.

Learn about Red Hat’s business process and business rules management solutions and migrate to Red Hat JBoss BPM Suite 6.

Red Hat JBoss BPM Suite 6 is now in beta in the Red Hat Customer Portal and will soon be generally available. With its new functionality to help you deliver significant value, take some time to consider the “hows” and “whys” of a move from Red Hat JBoss BRMS 5 to the new JBoss BPM Suite 6.

JBoss BPM Suite 6 use cases
In this webinar, we’ll highlight the use cases for Red Hat JBoss BPM Suite 6 and cover best migration practices, including:

  • Migration concepts.
  • Key migration focus areas.
  • Estimating the level of effort required for a migration.
  • A demonstration of migrating from JBoss BRMS 5 to JBoss BPM Suite 6.
  • Links to a project’s code base both before and after a migration.

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

O'Reilly Open Source Convention (OSCON) 2014 talks submitted

This year I have pushed a few submissions to the O'Reilly OSCON 2014 event that will be hosted from 20-24 July in my hometown of Portland, Oregon.

I have long wanted to attend this event and have now decided to see if they would be interested in some of the topics I can cover.

This is an ongoing process as the Call For Proposals will not close until Jan 30, 2014 so I will add my proposals as I come up with them between now and then. For now I have pushed a PaaS lab (a three hour session) around my OpenShift Primer, stay tuned for more.

OpenShift Primer - getting your applications into the Cloud

Ever wondered about the new Cloud offerings out there? What is a PaaS? What is this thing called OpenShift?

Whether your business is running on applications based on Java EE6, PHP or Ruby, the cloud is turning out to be the perfect environment for developing your business. There are plenty of clouds and platform-as-a-services to choose from, but where to start? Join us for an action-packed hour of power where we'll show you how to deploy your existing application written in the language of your choice - Java, Ruby, PHP, Perl or Python, with the Java project of your choice deployed into the OpenShift PaaS in just minutes. All this and without having to rewrite your app to get it to work the way the cloud provider thinks your app should work.

If you want to learn about OpenShift PaaS and see how investing a few hours of your time can change everything you thought you knew about the Cloud!

(Speaker author e-book: OpenShift Primer, can give away free copies in session if desired)

From Zero to Hero with Open Source JBoss Rules & BPM

This session will get you started with the Open Source JBoss Business Rules and BPM tooling. It will walk you through some of the capabilities, components and basic concepts that one needs to understand to start building process and rule-driven applications. 

Join us for an hour of Business Process Management (BPM) concepts, explanations of how to capture your enterprises logic in business rules and a demonstration or two from real live processes that bring these concepts to life. Take a walk with us through several live demos where we explain step by step what is happening and how you too can reproduce these locally. 

By the end of this session you too can amaze your friends and colleagues, becoming the local JBoss Rules & BPM hero!