Eric D. Schabell: 2014 in review - JBoss Integration & BPM in the wild

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

2014 in review - JBoss Integration & BPM in the wild

My last article for 2014... the year in review where I meander through the highlights of my work, play, cycling, writing, and travels for the past year.

This year marks the third year in my current role at Red Hat as a JBoss Technology Evangelist, covering the Integration & BPM technology products. This was the first time I got to focus on just two products, JBoss BRMS & BPM Suite as we expanded the team with a few new additions in May.

A major event this year was the release of JBoss BRMS 6 and JBoss BPM Suite 6 with three minor releases following within 2014.

I spent a lot of time traveling to talk about these products and to also preach on the topics of PaaS with OpenShift, but I must admit that there too I was mostly focusing on how to get started with JBoss BPM and rules technologies.

Not to be forgotten, the jbpmmigration project continued to evolve and was officially added into the product. Always nice to be able to contribute something to our efforts to help customers.

Another fun fact, I was inducted into the OpenShift Accelerator Program this year.

We also welcomed a Japanese translator Hisao Furuichi to this blog and you might have noticed the links to his work as they appear on the posts he translates for the local community in Japan.


Aside from the articles here (135), content published on DZone (82) and my continuing side writing for the Red Sox fan site (94), I also found time to publish an e-book. This was a follow up to the original OpenShift Primer I put out last year, with an update and more content added to flush out the book. It is available online at all the major e-book outlets.

On top of this writing I also published various video tutorials on Vimeo and Youtube. Along with these tutorials you will find many new demo projects that were migrated to JBoss Demo Central on github, your one stop shopping for all things related to JBoss Integration & BPM products.


The places I went and the people I met are what make the efforts we put into JBoss worth the time and jet-lag. I wish I would be able to list everyone and every place but that is just not possible. I enjoyed the chats, the beers, the hanging out, the presentations, the workshops, the dinners, lunches and meetings with each and every one of you.

Here are some of the 32 cities I visited in 9 countries this year, just to give an impression of the spaces we covered while I told stories around JBoss, BPM, Rules, Events, PaaS, xPaaS and OpenShift.
  • Singapore
  • Tokyo
  • Boston (4x)
  • Chicago
  • Toronto
  • Amsterdam
  • San Francisco (2x)
  • Portland
  • Seattle
  • London
  • Krakow
  • Washington, DC (2x)
  • Munich
  • Antwerp
  • Dallas
  • Raleigh (2x)
  • Paris
  • Farnborough 
  • Berlin
This was all to facilitate various conferences, Java User Groups (JUG's), partner events, customer workshops and JBoss User Groups (JBug's).

Online workshops

One of the major items worth mentioning is an online workshop series that I released here on this blog over the course of 17 articles. It is a full blown walk through showing you how to build a project from scratch for both JBoss BRMS and then JBoss BPM Suite.

There has been a massive response to this and after feedback it has evolved into the version you see now that has been presented at various partners, customers and JUG's around the world.

Thanks again

I certainly hope you enjoyed what we were able to bring to you in 2014 and I want to thank you personally for attending any of the webinars, conference sessions, workshops, JUG's, and JBug's were our paths might have crossed or for just taking the time to read a published article.

We have a lot planned for more fun and excitement in 2015 so please join us for the ride!

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