While Intalio recently passed the 100 paying customers milestone, CEO and founder Ismael Ghalimi believes that by making its software available to the open-source community, the company will be able to grow its customer base.
"Making Intalio/BPMS Community Edition available under an Open Source license should accelerate growth and establish the company on a fast track to become the BPM leader in 2007," said Ghalimi, in a statement.
The concept of making business process capabilities available to the open-source community is to make it easier for lesser skilled developers to build out processes that cross functional areas and IT systems. Its also a way to introduce Intalios software for free, with the idea that users will have the option to upgrade to an enterprise edition as they move deeper into process execution.
Intalios Community Edition includes an Eclipsed-based process design tool that supports BPMN, the Business Process Modeling Notation standard. The suite also supports a couple additional process standards: BPEL, or Business Process Execution Language, an execution engine that is deployed on top of a J2EE application server; and BPEL4People, a workflow framework developed by IBM and SAP that supports the "human element" in a business process (something BPEL doesnt support).
In November Intalio released its Tempo workflow framework under the Eclipse Public License. Tempo essentially utilizes XForms to implement the BPEL4People model.