"BPM is less about specs and more about providing good tools to help developers and business analysts define and deploy loosely-coupled business processes," he said. "So far, all the tooling in the space is really lacking good usability and true coarse-grained, loosely coupled operation."
Baeyens, who is based in Belgium, said in a statement that it became difficult to provide support for jBMP as more people started to use it. Becoming part of JBoss Inc. will help the software evolve and reach more users, he said.
It will do so under slightly different licensing terms, however. The first version of jBpm was released under the GPL (General Public License). Version 2.0 will be released under the less restrictive LGPL (Lesser GPL), which JBoss considers more business-friendly.
If a user connects GPL code to other code that is not freely available, the GPL requires that the code for the entire combined work be made public. With the LGPL, the user has only to release any changes that are made to the open source code. This makes LGPL a better option for users such as ISVs who want to embed open source code in other products, Bickel said.
ObjectWeb, a European software consortium whose members include Bull SA and France Telecom SA, also launched an open source BPEL server project recently, called MOBE (MidOffice BPEL Engine).