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Enhydra's JaWE Chosen as a Base of Abacus' Workflow System
ABACUS Research AG has been developing business software since 1985. Today, the company has 150 employees on the payroll. With more than 57,000 software modules sold, with over 25,000 individual , small & medium corporations in Switzerland processing some 700,000 salary statements each month, and 170,000 accountancy entries, ABACUS has become a byword in the provision of accounting software for small and medium-sized enterprises in Switzerland.
ABACUS software is a one-stop solution for SMEs that comprises order processing/PPS, accounting, cost accounting, wage accounting, human resources management, fixed-asset accounting, performance and project accounting, and address management.
As a supplier of various business software compontens with the aim to constantly improve and expand it's functionality, ABACUS got customer feedback that expressed the requirements for business process modelling which integrates with other ABACUS components. Since some years ABACUS focuses on Java based software development with the integration of open-source components where suitable. ABACUS chose the Java-based Enhydra's JaWE (graphical workflow editing) from ObjectWeb and OpenSymphony's OSWorkflow (workflow server) as the base of their workflow system, because these two were the most mature open-source solutions at the start of the project and they covered most of ABACUS' needs for a workflow system. Both are being modified now at ABACUS to work well together and tightly integrate with already existing Abacus solutions. The Abacus workflow system is currently in beta-testing with selected customers and is scheduled for first release in the end of 2004.
Abmira Brings World-Class Transaction Technology to Small Businesses With JOTM
Abmira is a startup company with development teams domestically (USA) and internationally.The management team of Abmira strongly believes in utilizing open-source technologies in building its software products.
Abmira incorporated JOTM and XA-Pool as part of its technology strategy to more quickly bring products to market. Without these software layers, the management estimates the time required to bring their software products to market would have been increased by as much as 25%.
Abmira has incorporated these open source technologies into 2 software suites: Inventory Management and Document Management solutions.Both products are marketed in various industries and are the foundations to most small businesses.
JOnAS Selected by ATsi for Two Information Portals
ATSi is an import/export software development company in the U.S. whose legacy software suite comprises all aspects of freight transport including air and ocean booking and forwarding (export), Customs management and distribution (import), wharehousing and delivery, shipment tracking and more. We (ATSi) also provide network and system management services for several of our key clients. ATSi uses JOnAS internally for two information portals: a customer information and contact manager, called 'Contaxx'; and a system and network asset tracker, called 'Networx'.
ATSi is about to put in production two new systems an issue tracking system, called 'CaseTrax', which will provide customers with the ability to directly track and collaborate on their issues over the Web; and a Customs clearance tracking and EDI communication system, called 'ACEx' ("ACE", or "Automated Commercial Environment", is a new e-commerce program from U.S. Customs for handling electronic filing of clearance documents for import and export; this system is replacing an older system as part of Customs' modernization efforts). ACEx will be marketed as a packaged solution and as a Web Service, hosted by ATSi, as well.
Advanced Data Mining System of CNAF Built on Top of JOnAS
The Caisse Nationale d'Allocations Familiales (CNAF) manages the family branch of France's national social services program with a budget of 50 billion Euros. Over 10,000 data items for a population of over 10 million beneficiaries of legal, family and social allowances are stored in 2-tiered data warehouses hosted on SAS servers. J2EE intranet applications deployed on JOnAS handle data mining requests, OLAP queries, pre-defined reports and executive dashboards for users spread across 123 local offices throughout France.
In parallel to major evolutions towards J2EE projected for mid 2006, CNAF has decided, for the needs of the decisional computing system, to put a production level J2EE infrastructure into place. This project started in May 2003. At the demand of the IT direction, CNAF defined the architecture of execution for J2EE application and the platform was to be in production byend of 2003. CNAF chosed JOnAS because of its technical qualities, and because of its backing by INRIA, France Telecom and Bull. The open-source (LGPL) license permitted CNAF to be rapidly operational, in line with the expected delays, and to be very reactive to covering the needs. JOnAS is deployed on AIX 4.3.3 operating systems using Apache 2.0 as a frontal in 8 major computing centers. In parallel, JOnAS is largely used by J2EE developers...
"The choice of JOnAS was supported by the technical qualities of ObjectWeb's J2EE application server and because of its support by trustworthy actors such as Bull, INRIA and France Telecom", explained Nicolas Buonomo, Middleware Infrastructure Manager with CNAF."The system has been in production for 1 year now. Accessed daily by hundreds of users from our 123 local offices, it just never crashed: we did not receive a single incident report!"
French Ministry of Finances Uses Bonita for its Flexibility
Laurence Davi, Project Manager at DPMA, a department of French Ministry of Finances says: "back in summer 2004, we were asked to develop a new application to manage the signature process within the department. The choice of using a workflow supporting tool was natural for us, since we already had a significant experience of developing applications based on such products, but on the commercial side."
"We decided to go Open source for this project, and choose the Bonita open source workflow from the ObjectWeb consortium, with the help of Bull Service operation. The project has been quite successful, and we have now a fully functional prototype with a dedicated user front-end relying on top of the Bonita workflow engine executive."
"What is our feedback about Bonita ? Well, on the technical side, we used extensively the flexibility of Bonita, and the possibility to define on-the-fly the characteristics of a process instance. And we really have been impressed by the reactivity of the development team, which in some occasions has solved problems for us overnight!"
Enhydra's Projects in a Critical Production Insurance Application at GrECo International
GrECo International is one of the leading insurance brokerage, risk management and employee benefits consultants in Central Eastern Europe. In August 2004 BroSys, an Enhydra Shark- and JaWE-based system went into production at GrEco to administer data for about 20.000 clients, 120.000 insurance contracts, 1.5 million documents providing claim management, commission calculating and commission management features.
The system is running based on Enhydra 5.1 and DODS 5.1, MS IIS with Enhydra Director, load-balanced on 4 application servers and a MS SQL database server. GrECo Austria has now about 200 users in Austria working with the new system producing about 2.500 documents per day. The database has about 8 GB of data in 250 tables and about 200GB of documents. Hardware: IBM Blades Server connected to an IBM ESS "Shark" storage system with IBM TotalStorage, System Management: IBM Director.
About 300 employees in Austria, spread over 9 subsidiaries, are working with this application. It is a mission-critical web application providing advanced features such as document management, multilingualism and complex security. GrEco decided to extend the system to local offices in the Czech Republic and Hungary in 2005.
Usage of Open-Source Projects from Eclipse and ObjectWeb to Build Health Domain Application
TumoroteK is a web application that provides the users with tools to efficiently manage their biological samples banks: storage of materials, clinical and biological data and distribution of materials. It helps oncology researchers share their knowledge and work, building the grounds for a fully collaborative network and so being able to produces a multiplicative effect by efficiently joining the research efforts of all the involved centers.
The directorate of hospitals and healthcare organisation (DHOS) of French Health Ministry has launched the project during summer 2002, with the request of the professionals and within the national framework of the "Plan Cancer", one of the challenging tasks of the government.
TumoroteK V1.01 is fully operational since December 2004 in the following hospitals: Hopital Saint-Louis (AP-HP), Hospices Civils de Lyon and Hôpital Ambroise Paré (AP-HP). TumoroteK is mainly developed under the Eclipse platform, with Lomboz and CVS-SSH2 plug-ins added. It uses JONAS-Tomcat as web Application Server.
JOnAS Used in Production in Oriade, a Business Process and Workflow Automation Suite
Iraten Solutions provides software solutions dedicated to electronic document management. One strength of the company is its constant adaptation to new knowledge and new technologies, in accordance with customers requirements. Oriade is a business process and workflow automation suite which handles automated and secured processes.
This solution was developed respecting J2EE compliance. It is built on the J2EE certified JOnAS application server, which provides connectivity to a lot of databases, LDAP repositories and JMS clients. Due to its openness, Oriade can be integrated and linked to a bigger electronic document processing chain such as a content management system. Oriade is used in production at several major government services and ministries in France. Automated processes are running and managed by EJBs deployed into JOnAS.
"Customers are very happy with this architecture and very few problems about the middleware are reported - thanks to the maturity of ObjectWeb's open source solutions," said Stéphane Aboab, Manager of J2EE Platforms, Iraten.
Military shares openly thanks to the eXo Platform
JFCOM has started using a new data-sharing system designed to make it easier for coalition forces to manage and access warfighting information in Iraq. In a March 28 announcement, JFCOM officials emphasized that the Cross Domain Collaborative Information Environment (CDCIE) uses Java 2 Platform, Enterprise Edition and open standards that increase interoperability.
"The system avoids solutions that lock command officials into using certain vendors and their products", said Boyd Fletcher, prototype development lead engineer at JFCOM. The command, one of the military's nine unified combatant commands located in Norfolk, Va., ensures that the services and defense agencies work together and with coalition countries.
"CDCIE allows JFCOM officials to manage the access of U.S. warfighting information with coalition forces. It also lets them make available the information located in different military networks", Fletcher said. "CDCIE uses two commercial products: eXo platform, a portal tool from eXo Platform, located in Paris, and WebFile Server, document management and workflow software from Xythos Software located in San Francisco. Both products use open Web standards that made them attractive to JFCOM officials", company officials said.
LibreSource, a J2EE collaborative platform runs on the top of JOnAS
LibreSource is a software platform dedicated to the software development and management of distributed communities. LibreSource is the collaborative platform used to develop the open-source project SPIS, that aims at developing a software toolkit for spacecraft-plasma interactions and spacecraft charging modelling. Initiated and supported by the European Space Agency (ESA) and mainly designed by ONERA and Artenum, SPIS was started in December 2002 in the frame of the scientific and industrial SPINE community.
Initially European, the SPINE community is international today, with about bout 100 members, including the American (NASA, US-Air Force) and Japanese (JAXA) Agencies. In extension, LibreSource Enterprise Edition, has been chosen by these space agencies as a tool of collaborative work and centralised archiving in the frame of a program of standardisation and cross-validation of spacecraft charging simulation software. The SPINE's LibreSource platform is hosted by Artenum.
LibreSource's design, based on the JAVA/J2EE technology and the application sever JOnAS resulting from the ObjectWeb project, enabled to develop a set of robust applications, while disregarding the underlying software architecture.
OFBiz Project Relies on JOTM for Transaction Management
The Open For Business (OFBiz) Project is an open source enterprise automation software project licensed under the MIT Open Source License providing: ERP, CRM, E-Business / E-Commerce, SCM, MRP, CMMS/EAM, etc. It is built on a common architecture using common data, logic and process components. The loosely coupled nature of the applications makes these components easy to understand, extend and customize. Set up in May 2001 by David E. Jones and Andy Zeneski, the community of developers that run the project created an open source application framework, application components and a suite of enterprise applications.
OFBiz relies on ObjectWeb JOTM project and is the core of several commercial offers. Through them, ObjectWeb components have been deployed in production at thousand companies around the world.
JEFFREE Provides Gateway for European Broadband Home Services
The IST @HOM project illustrates the concept of the home network and implements an end-to-end architecture based on the OSGi (Open Gateway Service Initiative) specifications. Personal home services installed on a home gateway are made available from local and remote accesses (Internet and WAP). JEFFREE, as an OSGi services gateway, provides the execution environment for the service applications.
Sony International Europe was invited to participate in @HOM as a provider of novel consumer devices, advanced home networking and prototype applications. They were particularly interested in experimenting with high-quality personal video content over public broadband networks.
The available services on the home network are many and include a web server with a services portal, personal productivity tools such as an agenda, a shopping list and document sharing systems; entertainment with a multimedia library, a photo album, audio-video services; house automation features such as the remote control of electrical equipments via powerline; interpersonal communication based on high quality videophony and remote access streaming from one house to another and network-based utilities like remote-access to local services, access by WAP, notification by SMS or e-mail.
JOnAS and Enhydra Pass OpenUSS Entrance Exam
OpenUSS is an e-learning platform operating on the ASP (Application Service Provider) model. It is a part of the CampusSource intitiative, set up by the state of North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany, to make a common virtual university platform under an open-source license.
After analyzing different solutions, the development team decided to take on JOnAS because of its simplicity. The presentation layer uses Enhydra as a servlet container. Its unique XMLC technology provides a powerfull framework for separating the user-interface design and the business logic development.
OpenUSS is implemented in 7 universities in Germany and Mexico. The reliability of the system, critical for all activities of the virtual universities, is now proven: over 10,000 users already rely on it worldwide.
JOnAS selected by Open Wide for Electronic Fines Processing
Parking tickets recovery is a nightmare for the French administration. Built around the smart-card, the idea of Clip-Card is to give an electronic ticket in place of the paper fine.
An experiment of this patented invention has been undertaken in the city of Cannes, France. Open Wide teamed up with Thales-IS to propose a cost-effective technical architecture, with a 100% open-source scenario. JOnAS won the contest for the most reliable and efficient J2EE 1.3 server.
When administrative authorizations are delivered, JOnAS will process 320,000 tickets a year, through the hundreds of SMS sent daily from the police crew PDAs, for the sole city of Cannes.
The eXo Platform chosen to build the portal of PICA
PICA Group, the leading provider of professional liability insurance for podiatric physicians in the U.S., is a corporation made up of multiple insurance companies that provide a multitude of insurance services to podiatrists and chiropractors. An initiative was launched at PICA to enhance their web presence and to start providing dynamic online services to its agents and policyholders. Trinisys was hired in August of 2004 by PICA Group, to realize this vision by developing an enterprise portal solution. Since low cost was one of the most important requirements, only open source portals were considered. Some of the top contenders included Liferay, Gridsphere, eXo Platform and Jetspeed.
For a number of reasons the eXo Platform was chosen. It was determined that the eXo Platform would be able to facilitate PICA's design requirements without modifications to the portal source code. The eXo Platform has an active user community making it relatively easy to find discussions on and solutions to problems. The developers were easy to work with and allowed us to contribute some modifications to the core eXo Platform source code. The eXo Platform portal proved to have several advantages over its competitors, especially where layout and configuration was concerned. The eXo Platform proved to be a very flexible, cost-effective foundation upon which to build the PICA Portal. It allowed the seamless integration of content and business functionality, as well as providing the flexibility required to implement the desired look-and-feel.
The PICA Group now has a solid platform upon which they can continue to grow their web presence as future business needs require.
Sportmaschine Covers the Distance with JOnAS
www.sportmaschine.de is a J2EE-based CMS for sport clubs. It provides a technical infrastructure to these associations so they can easily have an up-to-date homepage. No HTML-Knowledge is required anymore to provide content, everything is managed through a backend application running on a standard web browser. The "Sportmaschine" is arguabely unique in terms of its generic system design.
Technically, the "Sportmaschine" is based on JOnAS and is in production since July 2002, although it will still be in a large pilot phase until mid 2004. The breakthrough in terms of stability and performance was achieved with the upgrade to JOnAS 3.1/Jetty 4.2.9. The developers consider their product as truly production-ready since then.
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