A few weeks ago I got an update briefing from Brian Reale, CEO of Colosa – the company behind the open source ProcessMaker BPMS tool. Colosa has recently entered into a partnership with open source BI provider Pentaho, with the aim of providing commercial customers with pre-integrated BI tooling for process reporting and analytics functionality.
Bolstering of ‘process intelligence’ functionality is something we’ve been seeing from a number of the BPMS vendors recently: the partnership between Handysoft and JasperSoft (forged in September 2009 ) is another example of a BPMS vendor looking towards the open-source BI provider community.
The story behind the Colosa/Pentaho tie-up is simple: Colosa was finding that although its bigger clients already had their own tools, many customers wanted Colosa to be able to bring something specific to the table in terms of sophisticated reporting functionality. However in this partnership there’s more than just reporting and analytics: Colosa is also offering Pentaho’s dashboarding and data integration (ETL) functionality to its customers.
The Pentaho functionality is available within ProcessMaker as a set of ‘enterprise plugins‘ – that is, it’s a paid-for integration features rather than being a part of the free OSS distribution. Colosa will offer its enterprise first- and second-level technical support for the associated Pentaho products.
ProcessMaker has seen increased demand over the past months, with downloads of the OSS distribution now standing at 400-500 per day. In early March Colosa released version 2.0 of the technology, adding support for BPMN 2.0 modelling (with ‘Descriptive’ class conformance), XPDL 2.2 (for model interchange), improved configurability of the UI for process participants, as well as a built-in document management system (for those customers that don’t have one in place already). With these latest moves, ProcessMaker is rapidly rounding out its credentials and capabilities for larger business customers.