Bonita BPM 7.5.0 beta is out!

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We are excited to announce the Bonita BPM 7.5 beta release!

You can now download, test and explore the latest version of our product.

Bonita BPM 7.5 includes:

  • A full support of Java 8. Actually Java 8 becomes the required minimal version for Bonita 7.5.0.
  • Important improvements in date/time management to prevent issues for users spread across several timezone.
  • A new wizard when importing a .bos file in Bonita Studio to ease collaboration.
  • A set of bug fixes.

Checkout the release note and beta documentation for more details.

If your are a Subscription user interested for example in the SAML 2.0 support checkout the dedicated page.

Here are the files available:

=> Bonita BPM Studio:

=> Bonita BPM platform:

You can report issues with the usual community issues tracker. Just remember to select "7.5.0-beta-02" in the "Affects Version/s" field.

We value your feedback, and we appreciate your time to help us ensure we release the best possible product.

Comments

Submitted by Sean McP on Fri, 04/21/2017 - 04:36

Qualification

This is my opinion of 7.5.0-BETA-02 release as announced and looked at. This is not the final release of 7.5.0 and as such is limited only to what Bonitasoft have made public. It is possible that the final public release will either have more or less features. Until it's released there is no way of telling.

According to Bonitasoft's Release Strategy here this Minor release doesn't disappoint, and to remind everyone what a Minor Release is, here is the information:

Minor release: Version x.Y.z
This version is released every 6 months (except when there is a major release) and includes new features in the product. A beta version is shared with you a few months before the actual release, so you can have a first look at what’s coming, and give us feedback on the new features we’re building.

Here is my take:

Living Application Development and Deployment

Integration of SSO SAML 2.0 - ONLY for Subscription users

New wizard to import a process in the studio & compare the artifacts - Interesting and looks good, however missed the opportunity to update the one thing that really screws things up for everyone - BDM is still a single ZIP file. This is the one thing that annoys many people and it's still not done.

I have been told it will be done but not when...

Industrialization of Living Application (in Studio) - This looks interesting though there is no documentation as yet to say how to use it.

UI personalization
New management of date/time - this will help everyone who deals with timezone processing

Technology updates

Full Java 8 support - at last full support of Java 8, though it worked anyway for the most part

Support of Microsoft Edge - less said :) does anyone use Edge?
Removed support - nothing to say

Other dependency updates - always good to keep up to date, however there is nothing to say how this impacts us the developers. For example basic SQL JOIN across BDMs is not possible

API removals - nothing to say

Breaking changes
UI Designer - this is a big thing for developers - you must include your Ui-bootstrap.js yourself in the future if needed, it's no longer default.

Forms, pages, layouts CSS cleaned - check you page for formatting issues and apply the recommended fix.

Limitations and known issues - nothing to say

Summary

Is it worth upgrading - for me - no, unless you require SAML 2.0, and/or Java 8 specific code (in extension points) and/or Timezone date/time manipulation.

There may be many other things to consider of course, but this is a minor release after all, not a major one.

That being said, there are things this user was hoping for,

  • Separate BDM definitions to stop the overwriting fiasco
  • Support of Tomcat 8
  • CMMN - Case Management Model and Notation
  • DMN - Decision Model and Notation
  • A Tab on the standard User portal page for Applications. We can see Tasks, Cases, and Processes but WHY can't we see a list of Applications? This is just madness as far as I'm concerned.

I suppose we just have to wait to either 7.6 or 8...

That's my take on this minor release 7.5.0.

This is a personal opinion only and not a recommendation to not it's only my take. I don't need the specifics of SAML or Java 8, though I might need Timezone...maybe I will upgrade...

I look forward to hearing other peoples opinion,

regards
Seán

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