Monday Oct 22, 2012

The Best BPM Journey: More Exciting Destinations with Process Accelerators

Oracle Open World (OOW) earlier this month has been a great occasion to discuss with our BPM customers. It was interesting to hear definite patterns emerging from those conversations: “BPM is a journey”, “experiences to share”, “our organization now understands what BPM is”, and my favorite (with some caveats): “BPM is like wine tasting, once you start, you want to try more”. These customers have started their journey, climbed up the learning curve, and reached a vantage point that allows them to see their next BPM destination. They see the next few processes they are going to tackle and improve with BPM.

These processes/destinations target both horizontal processes where BPM replaces or coordinates manual activities, and critical industry processes that the company needs to improve to compete and deliver increasing value. Each new destination generates value, allowing the organization to reduce the cost of manual processes that were not supported by apps/custom development, and increase efficiency of end-to-end processes partially covered by apps/custom dev.

The question we wanted to answer is how to help organizations experience deeper success with BPM, by increasing their awareness of the potential for reaching new targets, and equipping them with the right tools. We decided that we needed to identify destinations, and plot routes to show the fastest path to those destinations. In the end we want to enable customers to reach “Process Excellence”: continuously set new targets and consistently and efficiently reach them.

The result is Oracle Process Accelerators (PA), solutions built using the rich functionality in Oracle BPM Suite. PAs offers a rapidly expanding list of exciting destinations. Our launch of the latest installment of Process Accelerators at Oracle Open World includes new Industry-focused solutions such as Public Sector Incident Reporting and Financial Services Loan Origination, and improved other horizontal PAs, including Travel Request Management, Document Routing and Approval, and Internal Service Requests. Just before OOW we had extended the Oracle deployment of Travel Request Management, riding the enthusiastic response from early adopters among travelers (employees), management and support (approvers). “Getting there first” means being among the first to extract value from the PA approach, while acquiring deeper insights into the customers’ perspective. This is especially noteworthy when it comes to PAs, a set of solutions designed to be quickly deployed and iteratively improved by customers.

The OOW launch has generated immediate feedback from customers, non-customers, analysts, and partners. They all confirmed that both Business and IT at organizations benefit from PAs when it comes to exploring the potential for BPM to improve their business processes. PAs help customers visualize what can be done with BPM, and PAs are made to be extended: you can see your destination, change the path to fit your needs, and deploy.

We're discovering new destinations/processes that the market wants us to support, generic enough across industries and within industries. We'll keep on building sets of requirements, deliver functional design, construct solutions using Oracle BPM, and test them not only functionally but for performance, scalability, clustering, making them robust, product-quality. Delivering BPM solutions with product-grade quality is the equivalent of following a tried-and-tested path on a map.

Do you know of existing destinations in your industry? If yes, we can draw a path to innovative processes together.

Friday Oct 19, 2012

Congratulations to 2012 Innovation Award winners in BPM category

Last year many of our customers went live on BPM 11g. It is my extreme pleasure to congratulate two of them – Amadeus and Navistar – for being awarded Oracle Fusion Middleware Innovation Award at Oracle OpenWorld 2012.

We invited our customers to submit their most innovative BPM implementations that have delivered substantiated value to them. This year we saw more than 20 submissions from our customers seeing significant business value from their live BPM 11g deployments. The submissions came from across the world, spanning various industry verticals including manufacturing, healthcare, logistics, Hi-Tech, Public Sector, Education and covering many process usage patterns. Award submissions were evaluated based on the uniqueness of their business case, business benefits, level of impact relative to the size of the organization, complexity and magnitude of implementation, and the originality of architecture.

Amadeus Team Receiving Award

Amadeus Team Receiving Innovation Award from Hasan Rizvi

Congratulations to Amadeus and Navistar and their teams on being recognized from among some very strong submissions and more importantly for the business value delivered. It is an honor to be part of your success and to play a small role in the innovation you drive.

Navistar is a leading truck manufacturing company which produces International® brand commercial and military trucks, MaxxForce® brand diesel engines, IC Bus™ brand school and commercial buses, and Navistar RV brands of recreational vehicles. The company also provides truck and diesel engine service parts.

Amadeus is a leading transaction processor for the global travel and tourism industry, providing transaction processing power and technology solutions to both travellers and travel providers.

Both Navistar and Amadeus have leveraged Oracle BPM Suite to improve visibility into their business and made their business more agile and efficient. We congratulate them again and wish them continued success in their business and future BPM initiatives.

Friday Oct 05, 2012

Case Management Patterns with Oracle Unified Business Process Management Suite

Contributed by Heidi Buelow, Oracle Product Management

Case Management was a hot topic all week at Oracle OpenWorld so I was excited to share our current features and upcoming plans at the session Thursday morning on Case Management Patterns with Oracle Unified Business Process Management Suite.  My colleague, Ravi Rangaswamy, the Case Management Development Manager, and I, Heidi Buelow, the Case Management Product Manager, discussed case management use case patterns with an interested audience.  We also talked about the current BPM Suite offering for Case Managment and showed a demo of our upcoming release where Case Management becomes a first class component in a BPM composite application.

Case Management use case patterns cover a wide range of horizontal applications such as Accounts Payable, Dispute Resolution, Call Center, Employee OnBoarding, and many vertical applications in domains and industries such as Public Sector services, Insurance claims, and Healthcare.  Really, it is any use case where the resolution of a request may require a knowledge worker making decisions using experienced judgement in the current situation.  This allows for expidited care and customer satisfaction, both being highly valued for consumer loyalty, regulatory compliance, and efficient resolution.

Today, BPM Suite provides the tools for creating Case Management applications using BPMN 2.0, Business Rules, and rich BAM and Case Analytics.  The Process Composer provides the agility to change rules and processes by the business users.  The case manager and case workers have the flexibilty they need.  With integrated content management and the concept of a BPM Process Spaces instance (case) space, the current release enables case management use case applications.

In the next release, Case Management becomes a first class component. By this, we mean, Case is a separate component in the composite.  We are adding case attributes such as milestones, case events, case stakeholders, and more, providing a rich toolset for the use cases that require a flexible Case Management approach.  Activites become available according to the conditions that you specify and information can be protected by permissions indicated.  In BPM Studio, you design a Case and associate all of the attributes and activities that are needed, yet, at runtime you have the flexibility to add and change these as needed.

We enjoyed sharing Case Management and it was well received by the audience.  The presentation is available online and we have viewlets of the demo that will be available at release time.

Tuesday Oct 02, 2012

Open World Session - BPM, SOA and ADF Combined:Patterns learned from Fusion Applications

Blog by Meera Srinivasan (Oracle Product Management)


Today afternoon (10/2/2012), Mohan Kamath, and I (Meera Srinivasan) delivered an Open World session on how Oracle Fusion Applications (the next generation business applications from Oracle), use Oracle BPM, Oracle SOA and Oracle ADF products. These adoption patterns can be applied in a generic manner to produce process-centric, user-centric, highly customizable and extensible next generation application. The session was well attended and we had lively discussions with the attendees during Q & A. We started with why as an application developer, you should look at BPM for creating a process-centric application and presented the following fusion adoption patterns

  1. Model driven agile development
  2. Customization and Extension
  3. Guided Process Interactions
  4. Personalization and Customization of End User Interfaces
  5. Approval Flows

Fusion HCM, On Boarding Process - Activity Guide Interface was used as an example for the Guided Process Interactions adoption pattern and the Fusion CRM BPM Process Templates for Customization adoption pattern. In the Personalization and Customization of End User Interfaces section, we looked at how ADF is used within Oracle BPM and the various options available to customize end user interfaces. We also presented how Oracle Procurement does complex approvals using Rules and Approval Management Extensions.


We hope you found the session useful, and please do try to attend Heidi’s session on dynamic case management:
Case Management Patterns with Oracle Unified Business Process Management Suite. Marriott Marquis - Salon 7, Thu 11:15 AM - 12:15 PM


OpenWorld Session: Oracle Unified BPM Suite Development Best Practices

Blog by David Read

Earlier today,  Sushil Shukla, Yogeshwar Kuntawar, and I (David Read) delivered an OpenWorld  session that covered BPM development best practices.  It was well attended.  Last year we had a session that covered end-to-end lifecycle best practices for BPM.  This year we narrowed the focus to the development portion of the lifecycle.  We started with an overview of development process best practices, then focused on a few key design topics where we’ve seen common questions from customers and partners.

  • Data Design
  • Using EDN
  • Multi-Instance Activity
  • Using the Spring Component
  • Human Task Integration

We wrapped up with an overview of key concepts for effective error handling, including error handling within the process design, and using declarative fault policies.

We hope you found the session useful, and as noted in the session, please be sure to try to attend Prasen’s session to see more details about approaches for testing Oracle Business Rules:

CON8606  Oracle Business Rules Use Cases, 10/3/2012, 3:30PM  

OpenWorld Session: BPM Analytics - Process Dashboards, BAM and Intelligent Optimization

Blog Contributed by Payal Srivastava, Oracle Product Mamagement

 
Margin of error for the business is shrinking dramatically. Business needs to accomplish more with less i.e. minimal investment with quick ROI. Learn how you can leverage Oracle BPM suite and complementary technologies to create a robust analytics capability to provide visibility into operations to  C-level executives and Operational managers. We will talk about BPM analytics options available today that will not only enhance the visibility but allow you to intelligently optimize the business process at design time as well as run time.  The session will share some exciting this on our roadmap. 

Come meet with the Oracle team members  from Product Development (Avinash Dabholkar , Eric Hsiao) and Product Management (Payal Srivastava) at the session. We would like to hear  your questions/comments about  our offering and roadmap.

BPM Analytics: Process Dashboards, BAM and Intelligent Optimization,

Moscone South 308, 10/3/12 @11:45am – CON 8598

Monday Oct 01, 2012

Oracle OpenWorld Session: “Business Driven Development with BPM: Lessons from the Real World”

One of key values that BPM promises is “Business Empowerment”. People closest to the processes, who participate in the process every day, are the ones who know most about the process. These are the people who run day-to-day operations, people who triage customer issues, people who envision improvements and innovations. It is, therefore, imperative that when a company decides to use BPM technology to automate their business processes, business people take the driver’s seat. BPM is not an IT only project.

Oracle BPM suite has been designed keeping this core tenet of BPM, Business Empowerment, in mind. The result is business user centered design of Process Composer. Process Composer is designed to let business users document their processes, analyze them using simulation, create web forms, specify business rules and even run them in testing mode using process player, to see if the designed process meets their needs.

This does not mean that IT has no role in this process. In fact, Oracle BPM Suite has made it very easy for Business and IT to collaborate. The same process can be shared among business, and IT stakeholders and each can collaborate to create model-driven, process based executable applications. A process may need to integrate with multiple systems via various mechanisms, and IT leads system and data integration effort. IT helps fine tune the performance of process applications and ensures that the deployment of process application meets scalability and failover standards.

In this session, we saw Harish Gaur and Satya Narayanan from Oracle demonstrate roles Business and IT play in BPM projects and how Oracle BPM Suite enables business and IT collaboration to design and automate process based applications. They also discussed real life customer stories.

Some key takeaways from this session:

  1. There are no IT projects, only business initiatives, requiring IT support
  2. Identify high impact processes – critical, better BPM ROI
  3. Identify key metrics to measure process performance
  4. Align business with IT layer
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