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Activiti 5.x Business Process Management Beginner's Guide [Kindle Edition]

Dr. Zakir Laliwala , Irshad Mansuri

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In Detail

Activiti is a light-weight workflow and Business Process Management (BPM) platform targeted at business people, developers, and system administrators. Its core is a super-fast and rock-solid BPMN 2 process engine for Java. Activiti runs in any Java application on a server, cluster and in the cloud. It integrates perfectly with Spring and it is based on simple concepts making it easy for users to maximize its potential.

Activiti BPM Beginner’s Guide quickly introduces you to the Activiti Business Process Management methodology. This book will serve as an extremely useful starter guide for developers working on Activiti BPM who wish to integrate Activiti with other technologies.If you want to take full advantage of the power of the Activiti BPM, then this is the book for you.

This book will teach you how to design advanced business workflows through easy steps as well as how to integrate your creations with various third party services. It will take you through a number of clear, practical steps that will help you to implement business workflow using standard BPMN notation.

The key aim of this book is to guide you through how to develop business workflows so you can eventually remove the gap between the business analyst and the developer. The book focuses on development and delivery using Activiti BPM through integrating, migrating, and upgrading some advanced technological tools.

You will learn everything you need to know to design effective and advanced business workflows and how to implement them with different applications.

This book should be in the tool belt of any business analyst who wishes to model business processes and use these models to generate a fully-functioning workflow application.


Being a Packt Beginner’s Guide, each chapter follows an easy to understand approach with plenty of screenshots and clear and concise steps to guide you throughout.

Who this book is for

This book is primarily intended for Business Analysts (BAs) who need to develop a process model for implementation in a Business Process Management system. The book assumes that you have basic knowledge of business analysis; however, no Activiti or Java knowledge is required.


  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 16524 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 260 Seiten
  • Verlag: Packt Publishing (26. März 2014)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B00JAAW12Q
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2.0 von 5 Sternen A showcase of Activiti's capabilities, but cuts quite a few corners 22. April 2014
Von Tiese Barrell - Veröffentlicht auf
The book aims - as the title suggests - to provide those new to Activiti a starting point for learning to use the framework. In that sense, this book is a welcome addition to Tijs Rademakers' Activiti in Action book and the already quite excellent user guide provided with the framework and maintained by the team and community.

The book is filled with examples, lots of screenshots to follow along with and covers quite some ground from very basic processes to integrating Activiti with Drools, Esper or running it on Apache Karaf. The authors get straight into the nitty-gritty details and show you how to model, deploy and run BPMN 2.0 processes using the Activiti framework.

Even so, upon finishing the book, I can’t shred an overall sense of disappointment. As much as I appreciate the intent of writing a no-frills, down-to-earth, practice-oriented guide, the quality with which it is written is simply under par. I regularly found myself puzzled with either the lack of explanation or the actual explanation of some concepts when one was provided. Let me explain that with some examples.

First of all, the editing is not good enough for a book like this. I don’t think you can really blame the authors for that, as I suspect English is not their first language. After editing, there are just too many mistakes, half sentences and poor paragraphs with duplications to look past. I can deal with a bit of roughness here and there, but at a certain point it becomes annoying.

The general build-up in the book might be fine if you are following along but not really thinking ahead too much, but it’s actually very illogical if you look more closely. There are concepts used that haven’t been explained, such as the use of BPMN constructs without proper introduction and they have been using Activiti’s process engine for 4 chapters before it’s properly described at all. How chapter 8 ever ended up before chapter 9 is unclear. I don’t understand why you can’t introduce a couple of BPMN concepts in one chapter, use them in an example and then add new ones in order to explain other features in subsequent chapters. It seems the logical way to guide a reader into using the framework.

I want to point out that I understand the authors have chosen to avoid long introductions and theoretical discussions that underpin most BPM or Activiti concepts. However, if you don’t even indicate that and set up no conceptual framework at all (which would only really cost you couple of sentences), you leave the reader with no background or pointers for more information as to what you’re doing, why it’s even relevant and especially whether there are alternative ways to do things. Which in many cases, for the examples in this book, there are. Add to that the fact that the option shown is generally not the one you would use in any serious process implementation and I fear people might run with these examples and get themselves into trouble. Again, with context this is OK, but this book provides no such disclaimers and the guides are written as if this is actually the one and correct way to achieve things.

You will find no best practices, methodological guidance or implementation recommendations in this book - it's not the aim of the book. If you’re not looking for that, this is obviously fine because you get the details and examples without that getting in the way of all the fun Activiti has to offer. However, I feel that topics like BPMN 2.0, unit testing of processes and architectural positioning of a process engine in its environment warrant at least a basic introduction of terminology, intent and guiding principles for a book to provide you with any kind of foundation for learning how to implement business processes - with any framework.

Quite surprising to me is the omission of any guidance on how to integrate services that actually perform business logic in your business processes. ScriptTasks, Listeners, etc. are used here and there, but the book contains no elaborated examples of using BPMN’s ServiceTask and configuring the various invocations Activiti supports for Java classes, delegates resolved from expressions, etc. You will need that in almost any business process.

If it were up to me, chapter 8 would not be part of this book. There is too little room to explain what’s going on and that’s exactly what happens in the guides: Activiti gets started in combination with some other framework or application and then the following one is shown without going any deeper into applications of what was just done. Especially the Liferay and OSGi examples suffer from this lack of any detail. Getting the process engine to run on these is step 1. The really interesting stuff starts from there, but is nowhere to be found. I would rather have seen some examples of how to integrate a custom workflow screen application with Activiti besides the extensive use of Activiti Explorer.

If you’re looking for a very practical introduction and some samples of achieving the basics with Activiti, this book might come in handy. You can use the examples to showcase some of the functionality Activiti supports and show how easy it is to get a simple process working. However, all in all, I feel this book cuts too many corners to recommend it to people who need to learn how to use Activiti in a way that is future-proof and production ready.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Good introduction for the Activiti novice 14. April 2014
Von Joram Barrez - Veröffentlicht auf
This is a book aimed towards people having no clue about the Activiti project and who need to get started. The description mentions it is aimed towards business analysts, but I would rather say it's quite technical in nature.

Don’t expect insight into use cases, process modeling best practices or how to fit Activiti architecturally though, this is a hands-on description on how you get started technically with Activiti. It guides you through different component installations, writing unit test for various concepts and debugging them.

I've written an extensive review on my blog:
3.0 von 5 Sternen Good introduction for technical teams 16. Juni 2014
Von BP - Veröffentlicht auf
Format:Kindle Edition
The book is a great introduction to BPM and the Activiti java engine and architecture that technical teams can leverage to build and document and maintain business processes to align to corporate and product life cycle needs.

There are plenty of diagrams and drawings and screenshots for technically inclined developers and analysts. The flow is easy and builds on itself though there can be content issues where you must fill in the blanks a bit. The examples are clear and easy to follow and if this tech stack is of interest to your teams this book will jump start them on usage.

If an architectural approach was taken further -- I would to see more content on alignment to architectural frameworks and artifacts to assist the architects in establishing boundaries for product managers and technical staff.

All in all an introduction to BPM is provided as the authors intended but I am left wanting more... I would like to see this introductory concept extended to true "business analysts" trying to optimize business processes and create reusable artifacts for product management. With the acceleration of SaaS the need for teams to partner across business units and products to meet customer needs is greater than ever and perhaps the next version could center more on the business side.

The authors did a great job giving technical teams a jump start as some open source projects can take time to read, learn, understand and enable. Great for techies let's augment this with user stories, story boards, use cases, wort flows that the business teams can use to participate with their technical counterparts.
4.0 von 5 Sternen Good work 18. April 2014
Von andzoff - Veröffentlicht auf
This book is dedicated to the beginners, it takes the reader by hand and lead it step by step through the learning path of Activiti.
All the chapters are complete, well explained, and the step by step approach is very nice. Also, the book is recent: it takes into account the latest release of each tool used.
The first part of the book, is for Activiti designers and operators. The book begins with the installation of the Activiti toolstack, a very delicate topic,well written, easy to understand and with a good practical point of view (chapt 1).
Then the authors explain the BPMN foundation rules and their application in the Activiti Modeler (chapt 2). Then we find the Activiti Designer for the construction, manipulation and test running of the workflow (chapt 3), and the use of activiti-explorer to manage and monitor the processes (chapt 4).
The second part of the book is dedicated to the developers. First the Development model is explained along with some aspects about development like db connection, logging, etc (chapt 5). Then all the Activiti Process Engine APIs are introduced and explained (chapt 6). The remaining three chapters are for specific topics.
The book is a good work, good communication capabilities by the authors, helpfull figures and very usefull "time for action" sections. At the end of the book, the reader will be able to deal with Activity in a complete and productive way.
3.0 von 5 Sternen Great book for beginners and some good hints 9. Mai 2014
Von Raul Cafini - Veröffentlicht auf
I had the opportunity to read the book when I was involved in a project development that uses Activiti workflow engine as main core technology. After working with the software in the last year, I can assume I'm not more a beginner, but I've enjoyed the book's approach to the topic.

The book provides a simple but extended introduction to Activiti's base architecture, starting with a ready-to-use example.

The english language in the book is simple and understandable even for non english-speakers.

The strenght points of this product resides in the very extensive explanation of the Activiti engine services, even in the REST interface chapter, which is the most interesting part, in my opinion.

Some weak points are due to the lack of indentation and formatting of code, expecially in the xml examples which makes hard to read the code.

The book, at the end, remain a good start for who want to learn Activiti from scratch and provides an updated reference respect to other Activiti-related books, and a more readable content respect to the official user guide.
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