Tuesday Sep 25, 2012

Process Rules!

One of the key components of a process is “Business Rule”. Business rule takes many forms inside your process definition and in a way is a manifestation of your company’s business policy. Business rules inside the process are used for policy enforcement, governance, decision management, operations efficiency etc.

Following are some basic types of rules that can be a part of your process.

1. Process conditions:  These are defined as the process gateways that determine a path process will take depending on the process parameters. For Example, if discount >10% go to approval path : if discount < 10% auto-approve order.

2. Data rules: These business rules are defined as facts in decision table or knowledge base. The process captures all required parameters and submits those to RETE based rules engine. Rules engine processes the data and returns the result back. For example, rules determining your insurance eligibility.

3. Event rules: Here the system is monitoring the various events and events patterns that are emerging inside the process or external to the process. You can define actions or alerts to be triggered when a certain pattern of events emerges over a specified time period. Such types of rules need Complex Event Processing and are used in applications like Credit Card Fraud detection or Utility Demand Response.

4. User Interface Rules: In order to add dynamic behavior to UI or to keep users from making mistakes and enforcing policy, another mechanism available is UI rules. They are evaluated as the end user is filling out the web forms. These may include enabling and disabling of UI as per business policy. An example could be, if the age of a user is less than 13 years, disable credit card field and enable parental approval required checkbox.

Your process may include many of such rule types.

Oracle OpenWorld provides a unique opportunity to listen to Oracle Business Process Management Experts and Customers.  We will discuss business rules during various sessions in Oracle OpenWorld. Two of the sessions specifically focused on business rules are listed below:

Accelerating an Implementation of Complex Worldwide Business Approval Rules

Wednesday, Oct 3, 10:15 AM

Moscone South – 305

Oracle Business Rules Use Cases Design and Testing
Wednesday, Oct 3, 3:30 PM

Marriott Marquis - Golden Gate C3


Oracle Business Process Management Track covers a variety of topics, and speakers covering technology, methodology and best practices. You can see the list of Business process Management sessions here.

Come back to this blog for more coverage from Oracle OpenWorld!

Wednesday Sep 19, 2012

Business Success with BPM: Customer Experiences

Oracle OpenWorld provides a unique opportunity to listen to Oracle Business Process Management Customers. This year we have many customers including Novartis, University of Melbourne, McAfee, Nagravision, Amadeus among others speaking at various sessions.

One of such session is the customer panel hosted by Manas Deb from Oracle Product Management team. In this session, you will hear your peers discuss how they have overcome technical and organizational challenges; delivered success; and brought improved efficiency, visibility, and business agility to their companies.

If you are interested in hearing more about how our customers use Oracle Business Process Management Suite, join us for the following session:

Business Success with BPM: Customer Experiences

Monday, Oct 1, 4:45 PM - 5:45

Moscone South - 308

Oracle Business Process Management Track covers a variety of topics, and speakers covering technology, methodology and best practices. You can see the list of Business process Management sessions here.

Come back to this blog for more coverage from Oracle OpenWorld!

Thursday Sep 13, 2012

Focus On SOA & BPM for Oracle OpenWorld Now Available

To help our valued customers & partners make the most of time spent at Oracle Openworld, please check out the Focus On Oracle Fusion Middleware documents.  Over the years, we've learned that these provide a great roadmap to must-attend sessions, demos, partner exhibits, and networking events during Oracle OpenWorld.

In addition to those “Focus On..” documents, session details (speakers, abstracts) can be found in the Content Catalog at: https://oracleus.activeevents.com/connect/search.ww?event=openworld

We strongly recommend our customers to attend the following sessions:

  • Service Integration (SOA) & BPM: “Using the Right Tools, Techniques, and Technologies for Integration Projects” 
    • Monday, 10/1/2012; 3:15 PM; Moscone South - 308
  • BPM Suite: “Oracle Unified Business Process Management Suite 11g Overview and Roadmap”
    • Monday, 10/1/ 2012; 12:15 PM; Moscone South – 308
  • SOA Suite:“Oracle SOA Suite, the Most Capable Tool for Every Possible Integration Challenge”
    • Monday, 10/1/2012; 10:45 AM; Moscone South - 102
  • Foundation Pack: “Jump-starting Integration Projects with Oracle AIA Foundation Pack”
    • Tuesday, 10/2/2012; 1:15 PM; Marriott Marquis - Salon 7
  • Oracle Enterprise Repository: “Gaining Victory over SOA and Application Integration Complexity”
    • Tuesday, 10/2/2012; 1:15 PM; Moscone South - 310

See you in San Francisco!

Not attending the show?  Some of the general and key sessions will be available online - so please stay tuned for those announcements as Oracle OpenWorld gets closer.

Tuesday Jul 03, 2012

Oracle Fusion Middleware Innovation Awards 2012 submissions - Only 2 weeks to go

You have less than 2 weeks left (July 17th) to submit Fusion Middleware Innovation Award nominations.

As a reminder, these awards honor customers for their cutting-edge solutions using Oracle Fusion Middleware.

Either a customer, their partner, or an Oracle representative can submit the nomination form on behalf of the customer.

Please visit oracle.com/corporate/awards/middleware for more details and nomination forms.

Our Service Integration (SOA) and BPM” category covers Oracle SOA Suite, Oracle BPM Suite, Oracle Event Processing, Oracle Service Bus, Oracle B2B Integration, Oracle Application Integration Architecture (AIA), Oracle Enterprise Repository...

To submit your nomination, the process is very simple:

Monday Jun 25, 2012

Free Virtual Developer Day: Oracle Fusion Development on July, 10th

Simpler Java Development with Oracle ADF and Fusion Middleware.

Join a free online developer day where you can learn about the various components that make up the Oracle Fusion Middleware development platform including Oracle WebCenter, Business Intelligence, BPM and more! Online seminars, hands-on lab and live chats with our technical staff is available directly from your computer. 

Register now and join us on July 10th:

Tuesday May 01, 2012

Oracle BPM Process Accelerators are available!

Oracle Process Accelerators are now available. The first two accelerators, Travel Request Management and Document Routing and Approval, address horizontal processes common to many organizations.

Oracle Process Accelerators (PAs) deliver business process solutions built using Oracle BPM Suite, leveraging other Oracle solutions and applications as needed by the business process being supported. Accelerators undergo rigorous product-level testing, and can be deployed as-is, yet are conceived and architected to be extended to meet unique customer business and environment requirements. 

Oracle Process Accelerators target both critical industry processes and common horizontal processes:

  • Industry  Process Accelerators, focused on end-to-end processes critical within each industry, keep true the promise of BPM: by aggregating both Oracle's deep industry expertise and BPM best practices and patterns, PAs provide a “running start” to organizations that can then add their own business  "secret sauce" and flexibly evolve the solution for sustained competitive advantage.
  • Horizontal Process Accelerators target internal business processes common to many organizations, usually not critical enough to justify the investment of scarce IT resources, yet that constitute a resource drain on organizations that continue to perform them in an inefficient fashion. 

Oracle Process Accelerators adopters can reach process excellence faster. With Oracle PAs, BPM customers can quickly become "leading edge without the bleeding edge". 

Current Oracle BPM customers and other interested parties can request access to PA content (including installation packages and full documentation) by contacting: oracle_process_accelerators@beehiveonline.oracle.com

Information Resources:


- Oracle.com

Tuesday Nov 08, 2011

Jumpstarting BPM with Process Accelerators

Business Process Management has gained broad acceptance as a key enabler for achieving operational efficiency and process compliance for businesses in various industries. Faced with shrinking cycle times and increased process complexity across their value-chains, businesses seek to unlock the value of their process transformation efforts at a faster pace while mitigating the risks of embracing this process change. Oracle Process Accelerators address this need by delivering processes built on industry best-practices and helping businesses reap the following benefits:

  • Lower start-up time and cost of BPM with ready-to-use pre-built yet easily customizable processes that minimize Business-IT round-tripping
  • Parity with industry benchmarks in terms of process performance and efficiency with pre-built processes based on experience of Oracle customers and partners
  • Lower operational risk in terms of process adherence to industry standards with pre-built processes with embedded best-practices

Oracle Process Accelerators offers process automation for the following vertical and horizontal processes:

Vertical: Public Sector Incident Reporting of unusual events or policy deviations with full audit capability

Horizontal: Travel Request Management for automated and multi-level rule based workflow and Document Approval for managing standard or one-of-a-kind documents

Oracle Process Accelerators in conjunction with Oracle BPM Suite 11g delivers a systematic, best-practices based, approach to business-driven process discovery, modeling, optimization and change management.

 Posted for Sanjeev Sharma (sanjeev.ss.sharma@oracle.com)

Monday Oct 03, 2011

Oracle BPM Suite 11g Handbook Released

Oracle Business Process Management Suite 11g Handbook published by McGraw Hill is now available at McGraw Hill's website as well as at Amazon.com. If you are attending Oracle OpenWorld at San Francisco, you can also buy (or browse) it at the Oracle Publisher's booth at the second level of Moscone West.

BPM Handbook Cover

Table of contents

Part I: Introduction
Chapter 1: BPM – Background
Chapter 2: Standards in BPM
Chapter 3: BPM Suite 11g – Overview
Part II: Mastering Oracle BPM 11g
Chapter 4: Quick Learners Guide to Oracle BPM 11g
Chapter 5: Business Process Modeling and Implementation using BPMN 2.0
Chapter 6: Mastering Business Rules
Chapter 7: Advanced Human Tasks
Chapter 8: Developing Rich User Interfaces for BPM with ADF
Part III: Essentials of Oracle BPM Methodology
Chapter 9: Planning a BPM Adoption
Chapter 10: Strategic Analysis, Process Selection and Design
Chapter 11: Technical Design and Project Delivery Strategies

"Chapter 3: BPM Suite 11g – Overview" and "Chapter 8: Developing Rich User Interfaces for BPM with ADF" are available for free download (Chapter 3 and Chapter 8) from McGraw Hill's website.

Looking forward to your reviews and comments.

Oracle Process Accelerators

Hasan Rizvi announced Oracle Process Accelerators at the Middleware General Session at Oracle OpenWorld today. There was also a press release with this announcement.Hasan Rizvi announcing Oracle Process Accelerators

In summary, process accelerators are ready to use processes, process frameworks or building blocks, and extensible process templates that will accelerate time to value for customers. Based on inputs from our strategic customers and partners we are focusing on two types of accelerators in the beginning:

  1. Simple every day process that most organizations need but that IT rarely has resources for. Our customers tell us that these processes end up happening over emails or adhoc solutions and if Oracle provided process accelerators it will be extremely useful. Examples of these type of processes include travel approval, document routing and approval.
  2. Processes that may vary from customer to customer but have common repeatable pattern. These may be horizontal processes such as onboarding including employee onboarding, client onboarding, partner onboarding. Or these may be industry specific processes such as Incident Reporting in public sector.

For more details on process accelerators, please attend the following session on Tuesday, October 4th at Oracle OpenWorld:

TIME Title Location
10:15 am – 11:15 am Business Process Management Accelerators: Templates for Process‐Driven Applications (15194) Moscone West ‐ 3009

You can also get a demo at our demo pod: Moscone South (Right) SR-238.

Sunday Oct 02, 2011

BPM at Oracle OpenWorld 2011

Hope you will be joining us next week at Oracle OpenWorld in San Francisco. If you are attending, below are a few quick pointers. For a more complete listing see http://bit.ly/focusonbpm.


Please stop by one of the four BPM demo pods where we will be showing some of the exciting new features. The BPM demo pods are in Moscone South (the block of Oracle demo pods on the right side as shown in this layout) - SR-238, SR-239, SR-240, and SR-248.



TIME Title Location
02:00 pm – 03:00 pm Oracle Unified BPM Suite: Overview and Roadmap (14041) Moscone South ‐2018


TIME Title Location
10:15 am – 11:15 am Business Process Management Accelerators: Templates for Process‐Driven Applications (15194) Moscone West ‐ 3009
10:15 am – 11:15 am Simplifying Work Order Management in the Utilities Market with Oracle BPM Solutions (30222) Moscone West ‐ 2011
11:45 am – 12:45 pm BPM Executive Roundtable (15589) Moscone West ‐ 2018
01:15 pm – 02:15 pm Mastering Oracle Unified BPM Suite 11g, Release 1 (15314) Marriott Marquis ‐Salon 7
03:30 pm – 04:30 pm Humans Are (Not) a Service: The Journey Toward Oracle BPM (7320) Intercontinental ‐ Telegraph Hill


TIME Title Location
10:15 am – 11:15 am Continuous Integration for SOA and Business Process Management Projects(2523) Marriott Marquis ‐Salon 7
10:15 am – 11:15 am Oracle Unified Business Process Management (BPM) Suite 11g: Process Monitoring and Improvement (6361) Moscone West ‐ 2018
11:45 am – 12:45 pm Business Architecture‐Driven BPM: Closing the Loop Between Strategy and Operations (15721) Moscone West ‐ 2018
01:00 pm – 02:00 pm Migrating Oracle Workflow to Oracle Unified Business Process Management Suite (9460) Marriott Marquis ‐Golden Gate C3


TIME Title Location
09:00 am – 10:00 am Extend Oracle E‐Business Suite Processes with Oracle Business Process Management Suite (18960) Moscone West ‐ 2020
09:00 am – 10:00 am How to Automate Decision‐Making with Oracle Business Rules 11g (9089) Marriott Marquis ‐Golden Gate C3
10:30 am – 11:30 am Oracle Unified Business Process Management Suite 11g: Best Practices(13100) Marriott Marquis ‐ Golden Gate A
12:00 pm – 01:00 pm Oracle Business Process Management 11g for Process Efficiency and Business/IT Synergy (14983) Intercontinental ‐Ballroom C
01:00 pm – 02:00 pm Higher‐Order Benefits from Packaged Applications with Optimized Business Processes (12748) Moscone West ‐ 3020
03:00 pm – 04:00 pm Customer Best Practices: BPM and SOA to Support Workflow Automation in Public Sector Agencies (15112) Westin San Francisco ‐Metropolita

Hands-on Labs


TIME Title Location
11:00 am – 12:00 pm Extend Oracle E‐Business Suite Processes with Oracle Unified Business Process Management Suite 11g (18960) Marriott Marquis ‐Salon 1/2
05:00 pm – 06:00 pm Introduction to Oracle ADF (29860) Marriott Marquis ‐Salon 3/4


TIME Title Location
01:15 pm – 02:15 pm Oracle E‐Business Suite Processes with Oracle Unified Business Process Management Suite 11g (30500) Marriott Marquis ‐Salon 1/2


TIME Title Location
09:00 am – 10:00 am Hands‐on Introduction to Oracle Unified Business Process Management Suite 11g (30923) Marriott Marquis ‐Salon 3/4
09:00 am – 10:00 am Creating Content Workflows with Oracle Unified Business Process Management Suite (30641) Marriott Marquis ‐Salon 1/2
03:00 pm – 04:00 pm Introduction to Oracle ADF (29860) Marriott Marquis ‐Salon 3/4

Customer Advisory Board

We will also be holding a customer advisory board meeting on Thursday afternoon. This event is by invitation only. If you are interested in participating please send an email to Heidi Buelow.

Wishing you a great OpenWorld. More complete information on BPM is at http://bit.ly/focusonbpm. Also, for more Oracle OpenWorld information see the OpenWorld Blog.

Tuesday Sep 27, 2011

BPM Suite Feature Pack Released

The BPM product team is very pleased to announce that BPM Suite Feature Pack is now publicly available. This feature pack includes many significant enhancements and new features. Some of the highlights of this release are:

More Business Friendly

Significantly Enhanced Process Composer

  • Versions and Snapshots: From process composer, you can create and manage snapshots and see who changed what and when.
  • Sharing and Collaboration: An enhanced project-level sharing model and collaboration features showing who else is working on the project at any time
  • Improved Ease of Use: Their is a new project home that makes managing project and its artifacts much more intuitive. Also, improved properties window, editing cues, and many other enhancements targeted at business analysts.

New Business Analyst Features

  • Documentation (Report) Generation: Generate process documentation as HTML or XML. XML format may be used to create custom outputs.
  • BPMN 2.0 Collaboration View: Provide a collaboration diagram view based on BPMN 2.0 specification; available in both Composer and Studio.

More Agile

  • Alter Flow: Alter Flow lets an appropriately privileged user alter the execution of a process by changing the process data and/or moving it to a different activity.
  • Instance Patching: Change the definition of process and patch in-flight instances to the new definition

More Complete

  • Broader UCM Integration: Process and task attachments can be easily managed in UCM and related metadata can be set from BPM.
  • Advanced Services Integration: Some of the more advanced services integration capabilities available in our BPEL product such as message based correlation and ability of a process instance to converse with multiple instances of another process or service are now available in BPMN. (The BPMN features are Correlations and Conversations).
  • Richer Human Workflow: New features including parametric roles, organization unit based role selection, sticky-user based assignment, and support for 4-eye principle (if a person did one task exclude them from another task) were added.  

Richer Process Analytics

  • Round-trip Simulation - Create simulation scenarios based on run time data.
  • BI Integration: Process specific views are automatically created on top of the process STAR schema to facilitate analysis using Oracle BI or any other BI tool.

Something for Developers Too

  • Draft Mode: Develop process incrementally by marking activities as draft or test a process while a service is offline.
  • Custom Log: Add custom messages to be added to the BPM log and audit trail.
  • Rule Test Framework: Easily create and run test cases for testing business rules (see chapter 8 of doc).
  • Enhanced Rule Audit Trail: Rule audit trail shows much more information including state of facts, rule stack, etc.
  • Workspace Customization: Easier customization of Workspace including skinning, disabling standard tabs, more fetaure rich custom tabs, custom links, and ability to customize Inbox.
  • Documented BPM APIs: In addition to the fabric and workflow APIs, BPM APIs are also documented (see javadoc).

Download and More Info

For a more complete article on the new features in this release, link to the documentation, as well as instructions on downloading it see What's New in BPM Suite Feature Pack.

Wednesday Aug 10, 2011

Mastering BPM 11g Webinar Series

On Thursdays starting August 18th and running to September 29, we will be hosting a 7 part webinar series on mastering BPM 11g.  Register for these webinars here.[Read More]

Saturday May 14, 2011

Social BPM Handbook 2011

Future Strategies is publishing a book on Social BPM as part of its BPM and Workflow Handbook series in June 2011 bringing together articles from industry visionaries.[Read More]

Wednesday Jan 26, 2011

BPM Suite 11gR1 PS3 Released


The BPM product team is pleased to announce that BPM Suite 11gR1 PS3 is now publicly available and can be downloaded from OTN. As any patch-set release, it includes many bug fixes and performance improvements. In addition, there are many enhancements; some of the highlights are:bpc

  • Business Process Converter – Import Visio and XPDL 2.0 processes as BPMN 2.0 into BPM Suite. The converter can be downloaded from the same download site as BPM; it is the 9th item within Prerequisites and Recommended Install.
  • BPMN Modeling Enhancements – Both Studio and Composer have enhanced modeling experience including the ability to color swimlanes, resize swimlanes, support for grids, in-line editing of activity names, support for custom icons, etc.
  • Simulation Enhancements – Simulation has been enhanced to support BPMN 2.0 constructs such as boundary events, as well as to produce simulation reports that can be exported to Excel.
  • Enhanced Form Generation – The wizard to generate ADF Forms for BPPM tasks, can now generate forms based on ADF Templates enabling customers to achieve the desired layout without editing the form.
  • BI Views and Seamless BAM Integration – To facilitate using business intelligence on top of the process STAR schema, views to aid queries and supporting documentation are available for download.
  • Seamless BAM Integration – BPM’s integration with BAM has been enhanced in PS3 to automatically create BAM Data Objects when a BPM process is deployed. Now, analysts can start creating BAM reports in Active Studio without needing the help of a data architect.
  • Significantly Enhanced Process Spaces – Web Center Suite, the underlying component for BPM Process Spaces,has many significant enhancements in PS3. Highlights can be read here. Also, the install of Process Spaces has been simplified and it now seamlessly coexists with customer extensions to Web Center Spaces. 

Public developer Virtual Box and Amazon EC2 images coming soon; stay tuned.

Sunday Sep 19, 2010

BPM 11g Hands-on Tutorial Book Available

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