Webinar on WebRatio BPM Platform 8.4

I’m glad to share the video of the most recent webinar on WebRatio BPM Platform, the BPMN-based tool designed to support you in building high-end BPM Web and mobile Apps with a tailored User Experience. If you never experienced WebRatio BPM Platform, here is a summary of what you can do with it:

  •  DEVELOP WEB AND MOBILE APPS through prototypes, then change them as many times as you need. No more time wasted building mockups on paper.
  • NO VENDOR LOCK IN thanks to highly optimized generated code that is open, human readable and based on the most recent Java and JS frameworks.
  • DEFINE A CUSTOM WEB OR MOBILE FRONT END for your BPM App and create a customized user interface, giving every channel a different user experience.
  • SUPPORT YOUR USERS’ MOBILITY thanks to the mobile BPM capabilities that let you work on your BPM App on any device, desktop or mobile, and deliver a seamless user experience.
Discover more on the WebRatio site or watch the video of the webinar on YouTube:

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Video of the Interview with Richard Soley (OMG) on IFML and user interaction modelling

Here is a short clip of the interview regarding the Interaction Flow Modeling Language (IFML) recorded in March 2015, in occasion of the release of IFML 1.0.
In the interview we discuss with Richard Soley about the relevance of user interaction modelling, the way it can be integrated with broader modelling projects, and the impact it has on overall design effort of software systems. Emanuele Molteni also discusses some success stories in the application of IFML in large-scale industrial projects in the US, by means of the WebRatio tool.

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EventOmeters by Fluxedo: the new actor in Event Management. Mobile app + social media (semantic) analytics + IoT

Following up on my recent perspective that moves from model-driven development to hidden-model products, together with the Fluxedo team and in collaboration with WebRatio and Eurotech, we launched a new product called EventOmeters.

EventOmeters allows businesses and event organizers to increase the effectiveness of their events, involving participants and being able to rely on certain measures for the analysis of returns on investment in trade fairs, music, sports and in general of any gathering of people.
The role of the partners is as follows:

  • WebRatio is a leading provider of tools, methods and services for the rapid production of customized applications,
  • Fluxedo is an innovative start-up focusing on mobile app development, social network integration, and semantic social media analytics,
  • Eurotech will integrate data from IoT sensors whose data is made available realtime through cloud technology.
EventOmeters has been already used in the context of the FuoriSalone, within the Milano Design Week. In this setting, the product featured around 20.000 downloads of the official mobile app of the event and an analysis of more than 110.000 social media posts.
You can find more on this at:
Here is the storified summary of the launch event that happened on April 21, 2015 in ExpoGate in Piazza Castello in Milano, Italy:
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The business value of Mobile + Cloud + Internet of Things

Once again, this year I gave a presentation at SMAU Milano together with WebRatio (with Matteo Sassi as a co-speaker).

The purpose this time was to show and inspire on how Mobile, Cloud and IoT are becoming concrete business opportunities.

We tried to give a different interpretation to these technology trends: At first glance, the technologies that integrate Cloud, Mobile andInternet of Things (IoT) are attractive only to industry leaders with the ability to invest huge budgets and resources (such as Google Nest or Philips HUE, for example). These technologies are becoming attractive for individual developers who implement solutions thanks to open-source hardware and systems, such as Arduino and Raspberry PI which then inevitably force them to make design compromises.

We showed how conceptual solutions like the one proposed by WebRatio offer a code less approach that gives companies the opportunity to enter as main players, without limitations, in this new Mobile, Cloud and IoT market.

By using WebRatio Platform, companies can model apps with the IFML language (Interaction Flow Modeling Language) and “rationalize” the interaction with the IoT networks (think of the interaction of the sensors on which the “Internet of Things” technology is based) and put them into operation directly in the Cloud. In this way, companies save on infrastructure costs and reduce the cost and time to design and build applications.  It is possible to design new applications in this context caring only to use the correct interfaces and focusing on the opportunities provided by this new technology.

Here is the presentation we gave (partly in Italian, but very visual):

Together with a few pictures of the event:

My other presentations at SMAU given in the past are:

Mobile, Cloud, BPM through MDD for fostering the business. Presentation at SMAU 2013

BPM and Cloud, the ideal partners. SMAU 2012 presentation

Seminar on Social BPM at SMAU 2011 Milano

Trends and challenges in Business Process Management (BPM) at SMAU 2010

And my personal page on the SMAU site is:


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Fifteen Years of Industrial Model-Driven Development in Software Front-ends. Find WebRatio and IFML on the Novatica Journal (in Spanish!)

Novatica, the official journal of the Spanish association of Computer Science Technicians (ATI), just published a monographic issue on “Adopción industrial de la ingeniería del software dirigida por models” (industrial adoption of model-driven software engineering practices).

Together with a set of interesting experiences mainly in the Spanish market, the issue also features an article about WebML, WebRatio and IFML, written by Stefano Butti and myself, and graciously translated to Spanish by Matteo Silva and the WebRatio team in Latin America.

The paper discusses the history behind the standard IFML, recently adopted by the Object Management Group. We show how our initial proposal called WebML has been an incubator for research and industrial exploitation on conceptual modeling, exploiting existing experiences in the field and continuously addressing new challenges concerning abstractions, methods, tools, and technologies. We summarize the essence of the approach and we show the supporting modelling tool WebRatio at work.

This journal issue is a valuable resource, especially for Spanish-speaking people, as you will be able to find a comprehensive coverage of the model-driven market in Spain, and more in general some interesting industrial experiences with model-driven approaches (all written in Spanish!).

For your convenience, you can find the English and Spanish preprint versions of the articles here, in the form of WebRatio white papers, courtesy of WebRatio and Novatica.

Here below you can find the original front page of our article as published in Novatica:

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The Automobile project delves into the core of model-driven mobile apps

Starting October 2013, my research group at Politecnico di Milano and WebRatio have started a research project called Automobile, which aims at designing and bringing to the market innovative methodologies, software tools, and vertical applications for the cost-effective implementation of cross-platform, multi-device mobile applications, i.e. business applications that can be accessed by users on a variety of devices and operating systems, including PC, cellular / smart phones and tablets.

AutoMobile will exploit the paradigm of Model-Driven Engineering and code generation to dramatically simplify multi-device development, reducing substantially cost and development times. AutoMobile will rely on modeling languages such as IFML (Interaction Flow Modeling Languages) and on tools like WebRatio.

The other partners of the project are the Ecole des Mines de Nantes, Forward Software, and Moonsubmarine.
The official project Web site is: http://automobile.webratio.com.
The project is now entering the core part of the work: we have studied the background and related work, and we have defined the business requirements. We are now starting studying the domain-specific extension of IFML for mobile, based on the study of the capabilities of the different mobile platforms and devices, including cross-platform approaches like PhoneGap.
We look forward to sharing with you our results!
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OMG IFML webinars in English, Spanish and Italian

For your information, we will give a webinar dedicated to the new OMG standard IFML (a modeling language for defining the User Interaction of software applications, born as evolution and extension of WebML) and its practical use within model-driven approaches that go down to the generation of industrial applications upon web, mobile and proprietary platforms, as supported by WebRatio.  The webinar will also introduce the new open source design tool for IFML developed by WebRatio.

The Webinar will be given in three languages: English, Spanish and Italian.
The schedule of the three versions of the webinar is as follows:

Friday May 31, 2013
– at 15 CET (in English)
– at 16 COT (in Spanish)

Friday June 7, 2013 
– at 15 CET (in Italian)

You can register to the webinar here:

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At full throttle towards IFML with WebRatio

IFML (Interaction Flow Modeling Language) - OMG (Object Management Group) - WebRatio logos

With its updated site and recent blog post from its CEO Stefano Butti, WebRatio is allowing its customers to move at full throttle towards the new OMG standard IFML, the Interaction Flow Modeling Language.

In particular, WebRatio is now granting the availability of both an opensource IFML editor with proof of concept implementation of integrated fUML and Alf runtime support and of the industrial-strength implementation supporting end-to-end development, from model definition to code generation and deployment (the WebRatio application platform). These are great facilities for future IFML developers and contributors.

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Global Awards for Excellence in BPM & Workflow – by Keith Swenson and Nathaniel Palmer

Global excellence in BPM and Workflow LogoIt’s with great pleasure that I can announce that the model-driven approach proposed by WebRatio has won the Special Mention Award within the Global Awards for Excellence in BPM and Workflow, promoted by WfMC, bpm.com, and Future Strategies.

You can read the full announcement here and you can follow the webinar of the award ceremony on SlideShare (see below).

WebRatio has won thanks to the success story of SET Distribuzione, an Italian customer in the utility and energy sector, that obtained a saving of 300K EU per year thanks to the implemented application and experienced a process complexity reduction of around 40% (which lead to the same proportion of saved time during operations).
This has been obtained by pervasive application of MDD quick prototyping during the whole project, which granted an elapsed development time of only 3 months.

You can download the full SET Distribuzione case description from here (PDF file, 8 pages).

See and hear more in the webinar below, presented by Keith Swenson and Nathaniel Palmer.

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BPM and Cloud, the ideal partners. SMAU 2012 presentation

Questo workshop si occupa di presentare le tecniche moderne di progettazione e deployment di processi di business a livello enterprise, sfruttando le potenzialità degli approcci model-driven (MDE – Model Driven Engineering) e le piattaforme basate su cloud.
Il workshop mostra come sia possibile affrontare con tecniche agili le problematiche di definizione e ristrutturazione di processi aziendali, ottenendo in tempi rapidi prototipi funzionanti e installazioni finali delle applicazioni, anche a fronte di esigenze di flessibilità e continua evoluzione dei requisiti.
La combinazione BPM e Cloud si mostra vincente in tutti questi casi, garantendo la massima flessibilità di progettazione e installazione.
L’applicazione di questi concetti viene mostrata attraverso l’utilizzo di WebRatio, uno strumento innovativo che consente la progettazione agile di processi aziendali, interfacce utente e funzionalità di business logic avanzate (che coprono anche integrazioni con piattaforme SOA, con BPM engine pre-esistenti e sistemi terzi, inclusi social network) attraverso un approccio Model-Driven e, tramite una funzionalità di one-click deployment, permette di generare e pubblicare applicazioni Web Enterprise su una piattaforma cloud a piacere, sia essa pubblica o privata aziendale. – 

See more at the workshop page of SMAU.
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