Eric D. Schabell: New in JBoss BPM Suite 6.2 - Mulit-user support in Business Central

Monday, December 7, 2015

New in JBoss BPM Suite 6.2 - Mulit-user support in Business Central

Any time there is a new release around the Automate products at Red Hat you will encounter an official announcement, but this does not always satisfy those of you that are closer to the usage and implementations concerning these products.

Just for you we present here the most interesting and important improvements that have been released with JBoss BPM Suite 6.2 and try to summarize what they entail.

Internally we have been testing and exploring the new release while updating all of our various BPM, integration and big data JBoss BPM Suite demo projects. During this process we thought it would be important to point out the following exiting new improvements (presented in no particular order):
  • Improved multi-user support in business-central
  • New data mapper
  • Java Script has been added as a process dialect
  • Decision table validation improvements
  • Dashbuilder (BAM) data sets explorer view
  • Data grid views (queries)
    • process instance & task lists can be configured (urgent tab added)
    • leverages data sets and filters
    • delivered with default set of views / tabs
  • Case Management  
Over the next few weeks we will cover items on this list, starting today with multi-user support improvements in Business Central components.
Figure 1: lock icon showing multi-user activity.

Multi-user support improvements

The first thing you will notice is that JBoss BPM Suite 6.2 now includes a locking mechanism for process project artifacts. This means when a user is online and working on a rule for example, there will appear next to that artifact a lock-icon as shown in figure 1.

For those interested in the deep dark locking secrets going on here, it is called light pessimistic locking and it does let you work on an artifact without someone else working on the same item in business central.
Figure 2: Two users busy with different artifacts, locking shown.

This icon will only appear with two or more users logged in and browsing the same project artifacts. When all but one user logs out, all lock icons will disappear from the last users screen.
Looking to Automate your business?

Stay tuned for more on the new features in JBoss BPM Suite 6.2.