Alex Porcelli

Hi, my name is Alex Porcelli; welcome to my website! I’m the Chief Architect and Engineer Leader at IBM. I’m a proud IBMer, and member of the KIE community, the umbrella brand for the open source projects Drools, jBPM, OptaPlanner, and Kogito.

I use this space to share my personal opinions and experiences about random subjects, especially those that make my life more fun. These are the topics that are keeping me happy or busy:

  • cloud-native

  • open source

  • business rules and business process

  • developer experience

  • git scaling, automation, and collaboration models

  • language design

  • devops, ci/cd

  • self-service software

  • user experience design and usability

Thank you for stopping by, and I hope to see you around!

Hi, I am

Alex Porcelli

I am an IBMer.

from the blog




Chief Architect and Engineer Leader

July 2022 - Current

Continued focus on the next-generation cloud-native Business Automation platform with Kogito.

Red Hat Inc.

Senior Principal Software Engineer

July 2020 - July 2022

Principal Architect for Business Automation tooling, responsible for collaborating across organizations and teams to ensure alignment with Red Hat overall strategy.

Latest focus was on the next-generation cloud-native business automation project named Kogito.

Principal Software Engineer

February 2012 - June 2020

Author of the OmniChannel architecture which enables Business Automation tools to be accessed through different mediums with no changes to the codebase - for example the integration with VSCode or electron.js desktop application or integrated into 3rd party websites such as Github.

In the past I acted as project and team lead. I had the opportunity to co-found the AppFormer project (previously know as UberFire) and lead the Red Hat Business Automation tooling.

MuleSoft Inc.

API Designer & Developer

March 2011 - November 2011

Hired to design and implement an internal Domain Specific Language (DSL) in Java to allow users to configure Mule ESB programmatically. A Ruby based proof of concept was also implemented.



April 2022 (London, UK)

- How Open-Source Engagement Can Accelerate & Solidify Your Staff+ Career

May 2022 (Virtual)

- How Open-Source Engagement Can Accelerate & Solidify Your Staff+ Career

March 2016 (São Paulo, Brazil)

- From monolith to cloud-ready microservices using CDI

Red Hat Summit

April 2020 (Virtual)

- The state-of-the-art of developer tools to build business-intelligent apps for RHPAM v7 and Kogito

May 2017 (Boston, MA)

- Dawn of the citizen developer: Low-code application development made easy in JBoss BPM Suite & BRMS 7

June 2015 (Boston, MA)

- Process-driven application development using Red Hat JBoss BPM Suite

Red Hat Tech Exchange

October 2018 (Orlando, FL)

- Next-gen Business Automation with Red Hat DM & PAM


September 2019 (San Francisco, CA)

- A Cloud Native Dev Is Eating My Java Cheese! (How to Get It Back?)
- Bring Back the Joy of Development with Cloud Native and Microservices Technologies

September 2018 (San Francisco, CA)

- Java EE Monolith to Cloud-Ready Architecture: Lessons from the Drools/jBPM Ecosystem
- Turning Maven into a High scalable, resource efficient, cloud ready microservice

October 2017 (San Francisco, CA)

- 5 Pillars of a Successful Java Web Application
- The Hidden Secret of Java Open Source Projects

October 2015 (San Francisco, CA)

- From Java to Microservices on OpenShift Automagically

The Developers Conference

July 2018 (São Paulo, Brazil)

- Git beyond version-control system, an alternative to data storage
- How UX can transform a large enterprise application


  • 25+ years of experience
  • Accomplished visionary defining architectures, designing features, and setting vision for industry-leading software products
  • Open source veteran and co-founder of several popular projects
  • Pioneering researcher known for synthesizing technologies into new product offers
  • Frequent speaker at conferences, universities, and user groups

coding skills


Alex Porcelli

Alex Porcelli is the a Architect and Engineer Leader at IBM. A professional developer with more than 25 years of experience, Alex has been an active member of many open-source communities for more than 15 years with contributions to projects like Drools, jBPM, Kogito, Hibernate, and many others. Before joining IBM, he worked at Red Hat for more than 10 years in individual contributor and leadership roles driving the Red Hat Business Automation product line. Alex is also a frequent international speaker at tech events like QCon, JavaOne, CodeOne, Red Hat Summit, and DevNation.

my open source work



Cloud-native business automation for building intelligent applications.



Drools is the most popular business rules system, providing a full business rules management system (BRMS) solution.



jBPM is a toolkit for building business applications to help automate business processes and decisions.



web framework for a superior experience in building extensible workbenches and console type applications



Simple and modern java API for bytecode



DynJS is an ECMAScript runtime for the JVM.



An ANTLR v3 JUnit testing extension that leverages on JUnit


PL/SQL Parser

ANTLRv3 PL/SQL 11g parser



Semantic Search Engine for Information Technology.

alex [at] porcelli.me