About the Author
Adrian Price has been the principal contributor to OBE since its
adoption by Zaplet, Inc. in late 2002. Adrian is a seasoned software
tools developer and consultant who has specialized in the Workflow /
BPM tools space since 1987. He works from home in sunny Worthing, West
Sussex, England. Products and vendors he has worked with include:
Products & Vendors
- Versata 6
Inc., California. 2004-)
- The World's first business rules engine to integrate
process, services and decision rules in a powerful model-driven J2EE
Versata technology is used by many of the world's big names for
heavy-duty transaction processing. Adrian is a Technical Director at
Versata and led the development of
their new generation of Eclipse-based tooling.
- OBE Open Business Engine
- Open source standards-based BPM engine.
- Zaplet 3
Inc., California. 2002-04)
- A novel generator for J2EE collaborative BPM applications,
with Web and email delivery.
Adrian was a Technical Director at Zaplet and led the integration of
Zaplet and OBE technology.
- WLI WebLogic Integration
Inc., California. 2000-02)
- Award-winning workflow management and integration
the World's leading J2EE application server vendor. Adrian was Chief
Architect for the BPM component. WLI is widely used across the world,
won several prestigious industry awards and sold $100Ms in
(The Workflow Automation Corporation, Canada. 1995-2000)
- The World's first Pure Java workflow management system.
developed much of the runtime core, developer tooling and the Worklist
Handler. Licensed by Computer Associates to workflow-enable three major
- SI Systems Illustrated
(The Workflow Automation Corporation, Canada. 1994-95)
- A Windows-based version of PROTEO. Adrian developed much of
the SI Developer Toolkit.
- WYW Way You Work
(PROTEO Technology Corp., Canada. 1989-94)
- A shrink-wrapped DOS/Windows hybrid version of PROTEO.
Adrian created the WYW Developer Toolkit.
- PROTEO Professional Tools for the
Electronic Office (PROTEO Technology Corp., Canada. 1987-89)
- A DOS-based tool set and business shell with strong
process management capabilities. Adrian created several PROTEO
developer tools and end-user applications. Widely used by financial
institutions and insurance companies around the World.
Cissbury Panorama and the Green Man Motif
vista at the top of the page depicts Cissbury Ring, dominating the
beautiful rural landscape just north of Worthing, West Sussex,
England. Cissbury Ring is the nearest and most imposing of five
archaeologically significant Iron Age hill forts in close proximity to
Worthing. The second largest such fort in Britain, Cissbury Ring is so
named because it is encircled by an
impressive defensive earthworks, comprising a concentric ditch and
ramparts enclosing some sixty acres of National Trust land.
Cissbury dates from around 700 B.C. and was an early centre of
population and trade - there are extensive Neolithic flint
mines within the enclosure. It is a popular beauty spot and leisure
destination and is one of the author's own favourite places
on Earth. To the North lies the very heart of Sussex; to
the South the English Channel; to the East and West
the high chalk hills of the South Downs roll soft and
for over sixty miles along the South Coast of England.
The image spans a full 360 degrees and is a composite of
twelve four megapixel digital
photographs taken at Noon on Midsummer's Day, 2005; the various
ornamentations nestling in the foliate border are personal possessions
the author's, each of which harkens to some aspect of our ancient
Pagan heritage here in the British Isles. The popup
runes form the
alphabet and their scrolling stanzas are from the
The Green Man motif has long symbolized man's wild,
untamed side and his potential to rediscover unity with Nature. It is a
powerful personal symbol for the author, offering the reassurance that
despite our frantic dash through the technological sophistry
of modern life we can yet find time to be at peace, rapt by
Nature's secret heart.
So what's the connection between all these romantic notions
Open Business Engine? Nothing really, beyond the author's own deep
affection for them all. I hope you enjoy the images and the product!