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JBoss: Open For Business Process Management

JBoss Inc. is readying the release of its new business process management and workflow software for early October, company founder, Chairman and CEO Marc Fleury told CRN.

The software will give the channel an open-source alternative to proprietary BPM software from traditional application server vendors such as IBM and BEA Systems, as well as a host of pure-play vendors such as Intalio, Fuego and Oak Grove Systems.

Fleury said in an interview with CRN that the development on the JBoss BPM/workflow engine is more or less complete and should be ready for release in about a month.

Fleury said he hopes to extend the business model built around the popular open-source JBoss J2EE application server to the BPM software market. That model, which he has dubbed "professional open-source," offers maintenance and support licenses around the JBoss application sever and other application development and deployment software. The software itself remains free and its source code open to the developer community.

"Can we take that methodology and model and replicate it to a new market so the same dynamic happening in our market [will be repeated]? If we can do that across markets, we're sitting on something very interesting," Fleury said

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