Oracle Tutor: Announcing Tutor 14
By Emily Chorba on Oct 21, 2010
Oracle is pleased to announce Oracle Tutor 14. With this release, Oracle has incorporated a number of new features based on customer and partner requirements, technology, and domain expertise.
Oracle Tutor 14.0 is now available for all organizations on eDelivery (V22761-01). This download includes Tutor Author, Tutor Publisher, Oracle Business Process Converter, and the Tutor model documents.
Tutor Author 14.0 (patch 10214625) and Tutor Publisher14.0 (10214629) have been released as separate patches on support.oracle.com.
What is Oracle Tutor?
Tutor is Oracle's documentation tool used to create, deploy, and maintain an organization's policies and procedures. Policies and procedures address many organizational pressures, including compliance initiatives, continuous improvement, succession planning, employee training, and user adoption to ensure the success of enterprise applications. Tutor is essential in helping organizations retain corporate knowledge, improve workforce effectiveness, manage change, and reduce process improvement costs through effective documentation.
What is new in this release?
The Oracle Business Process Converter (OBPC) is a significant enhancement to Oracle Tutor, which enables importing, and exporting of business process models between diagram and text based modeling tools. Models developed in Visio or any tool providing an XPDL export, can be imported into the Oracle Tools: Oracle Tutor, Oracle Business Process Architect 11g (BPA), and Oracle Business Process Management Suite 11g (BPM). In addition, models can be exchanged between Tutor, BPA, and BPM.
The capabilities of the Oracle Tools provide a scope of process model development, management, and deployment, which is beyond the typical usage of stand-alone diagramming tools. Oracle BPA has significant enterprise process model architecture capability. Oracle BPM enables process model software development and execution. Oracle Tutor is used to create easy-to-understand procedures with text and diagram for end user training and productivity purposes. When used together, especially as enhanced by Tutor's model conversion capability, the tools provide significant value to an organization's management of its business processes.
Tutor's model conversion capability has significant benefit during two phases of business process management. The first benefit is realized during process discovery, the initial phase of developing process models or procedures. Many organizations have a large number of Visio diagram artifacts, which describe the way the organization does (or would like to do) its business. These can be imported directly into Tutor to accelerate the procedure development cycle. Whether new procedures are being used for end user training in an implementation or for process documentation in general, importing existing Visio diagrams can provide a significant acceleration. This is also true for any process model artifacts created in a modeling tool, which has XPDL export capability, such as Provision or Bizagi.
The second area of benefit applies to organizations using a formal process modeling tool for generation of executable process driven applications or integrations. Importing Tutor, Visio, or XPDL models into BPA or BPM provides an initial process framework for developing executable models. It also provides the ability to keep IT oriented process models and end user process models in sync, allowing for a single enterprise process model to be used for dual purposes.
Supported Oracle Tool Conversions
Process model conversion capability is provided between Oracle Tutor and Oracle BPA, and between Oracle Tutor and Oracle BPM.
- Tutor Procedure to BPA
- Tutor Procedure to BPM
- BPA Model to Tutor
- BPM Model to Tutor
Process model conversion capability is provided for Microsoft Visio models and for the models created by tools which are capable of exporting content in the XPDL format. Models are only converted into Oracle tools formats; no export to Visio or XPDL is provided by OBPC.
- Visio Model to Tutor
- Visio Model to BPA
- Visio Model to BPM
- XPDL Model to Tutor
- XPDL Model to BPA
- XPDL Model to BPM
This new feature allows writers to designate a set of tasks, in the narrative text of the procedure, which can be performed concurrently by different participants. Consequently, when the narrative procedure is imported into the Oracle tools BPM or BPA, the resulting swim lane diagram will show the tasks in parallel.
Principle Product Manager Oracle Tutor & BPM