Monday Apr 15, 2013

Accelerate BPM in your Industry with Oracle’s New Launch

The convergence of vertical domain expertise with the most comprehensive BPM Suite to date - this is the resounding message of Oracle’s latest BPM launch. Oracle Process Accelerators, which are pre-built end-to-end businesses processes with industry best practices, can help you hit the ground running to transform your business. Watch this screencast that articulates the value of Oracle Process Accelerators.

To find out more about the latest Oracle BPM launch, join us in the upcoming webcast: New Directions with Business Driven BPM

Call for Nominations: Oracle Excellence Awards for Oracle Fusion Middleware Innovation 2013

Oracle is pleased to announce the call for nominations for the 2013 Oracle Excellence Awards: Oracle Fusion Middleware Innovation. Jointly sponsored by Oracle, OAUG, QUEST, ODTUG, IOUG, AUSOUG and UKOUG, the Oracle Excellence Awards for Oracle Fusion Middleware Innovation honor organizations using Oracle Fusion Middleware to deliver unique business value. This year, the awards will recognize customers across 8 distinct categories:

  • Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud
  • Oracle Cloud Application Foundation
  • Oracle Service-Oriented Architecture & Business Process Management
  • Oracle WebCenter
  • Oracle Identity Management
  • Oracle Data Integration
  • Oracle Application Development Framework and Fusion Development
  • Business Analytics (Oracle BI, Oracle EPM, and Oracle Exalytics)

If you consider yourself a pioneer using these solutions in innovative ways to achieve significant business value, submit your nomination for the 2013 Oracle Excellence Awards for Oracle Fusion Middleware Innovation by Tuesday, June 18th, 2013, for a chance to win a FREE registration to Oracle OpenWorld 2013 (September 22-September 26) in San Francisco, California.

Top customers will be showcased at Oracle Open World 2013, get a chance to mingle with Oracle executives, network with their peers and be featured in Oracle Publications.

To submit your nominations, please follow the following steps:

  1. Download and complete the Oracle Fusion Middleware Innovation Awards nomination form for SOA/BPM with as much detail as possible. Please do not leave any information blank.
  2. Submit completed form and any relevant supporting documents to Innovation-Middleware_us@oracle.com.
    • Email subject: <Category_CompanyName_InnovationAwards2013> when submitting your nomination.
    • Name all supporting documents with “companyname_solutionname_filename.xyz”

To maximize your selection chances, please have a look to this blog article.

For additional details, go HERE.

Friday Apr 12, 2013

Just in ‘Case’…

Just in case you have processes that cannot be easily defined at the design time….

Just in case you need to add ad-hoc activities or performers to your process.…

Just in case you want to monitor processes milestones and not individual activities….

Just in case you want provide guided path to your knowledge workers….

For all such cases, Oracle BPM Suite has added Case Management capabilities in the new release.

Just in case you are wondering what Case Management is all about, Mark Foster describes it here.

Just in case you want to know what people are saying about new Oracle BPM Suite and Case Management check the links below:

An Introduction to Oracle Case Management - Leon Simers

BPM 11g PS6 the support for Adaptive Case Management that Oracle has added to Oracle BPM Suite in this latest release means a breakthrough – Lucas Jellema, Amis

New Case Management Functionality - By Danilo Schmiedel  Opitz Consulting

Oracle BPM 11g Release, blog by Manoj Das capturing feedback from early adopters

Just in case you want to know more about new capabilities of Oracle BPM Suite, including case management, join us for the webinar on April 17.

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Tuesday Apr 09, 2013

A Chance at a New Life for Financial Institutions

The rapid pace of globalization, mobile & data revolution, and a flattening market brings a chance at unprecedented innovation and expansion for financial institutions. Business processes that are often at the heart of organizations are the basis for differentiation between financial institutions and are core to capitalizing on this innovation. However, often these business processes are rigid and built on outdated systems, making it impossible for organizations to keep up with a competitive edge.

Business Process Management (BPM) holds the promise of agility, business visibility and greater efficiency encouraging financial institutions to move towards rewiring core and critical business processes. However the fear of change and risk associated with gutting mission critical business processes can hold back organizations from adopting BPM.

Oracle has the advantage of experience in delivering best-in-class products for financial industry solutions that address complex business processes: 20 of the top 20 world banks and insurance companies run Oracle.

Oracle has leveraged this experience in building out BPM solutions to kick-start your strategy. The BPM Resource Kit for  Financial Services includes the top concerns financial institutions can address with BPM. It gets you started with Oracle Process Accelerators: pre-built, end-to-end implementations of business processes specific to Financial Services such as Loan Origination and Business Account Opening. This lowers your risk in getting started with BPM and can put you back on the competitive edge riding the train of innovation.


On a related note, Oracle recently unveiled enhancements to the Oracle BPM Suite including an expanded portfolio of Oracle Process Accelerators for Financial Services: Webinar: Oracle BPM Suite Enhancements.

Thursday Apr 04, 2013

Oracle BPM Suite New Release: Business Driven. Complete. Best Practice.

The first time I had a look at this release, I immediately fell in love with it. Everything was right where it belongs and worked as I expected. I am talking about the new release of Oracle BPM Suite 11g. The official release name is 11.1.1.7 and some call it PS6, but I call it best one yet.

A fully Business Driven suite that lets business users in discovery and design of process models as well as creating web forms and data with quite an ease. My favorite feature here is the Process Player that lets users fully run the process, in composer itself, before moving to testing or production environment. You can use it for validations, collaborative discovery sessions or users training. The animated view tells you how the process is flowing while invoking all the rules and forms, just as it would do in production.

Oracle BPM Suite is a Complete process management platform. With it, you can define any type of process - system or human, rules or events, decision or document - no matter how simple or sophisticated. It brings the business process management and adaptive case management capabilities together in a single platform. Now you can manage structured and unstructured processes with equal ease - another one of my favorite capability.

Business process management is as much about principals and methodology as it is about the tooling. Even with the best tooling some early adopters of BPM are challenged with determining right constructs and patterns. This is a key difference in companies where BPM remains a single process solution to companies that have adopted BPM as an enterprise wide program. Oracle BPM suite offers you such Best Practices in the form of Oracle Process Accelerators. These have been designed keeping in mind our years of application design experience. Built with Oracle BPM Suite these pre-built process applications can give you a head start in your BPM implementations. To check the currently available accelerators and request downloads go to Oracle Technology Network page for Process Accelerators.

See what some of the early evaluators had to say about this release of Oracle BPM Suite:

Capgemini is pleased to see that case management is now added to the Oracle SOA and BPM stack. This small addition broadens the already rich BPM architecture, making it possible to combine BPM processes into cases based upon lifecycle, milestones and events in a very fast and agile way.

When implementing our processes, Capgemini needs tooling that supports design workshops and plays a part in closing the loop between analysis and development. Oracle Process Composer is the browser-based business analyst tool used in workshops to design processes. Oracle developed this tool spectacularly with human task form design capabilities, simulation, and, process player, which permits running processes in situ in the browser. Leon Smiers, Capgemini

[ipt] is convinced that these two features will significantly reduce the development life cycle and create solutions of higher quality.  The adaptive case management solution will put skilled end users in the position to decide which steps they will have to take next in the process based on the current contextual information. This is a common requirement in the public insurance and health sector. Richard Schaller, [ipt] Innovation Process Technology AG

Joins us for the webinar where we will discuss more about this release and also show you a quick demo..

Wednesday Apr 03, 2013

BPM 11g Update Released

The Oracle BPM product team is happy and excited to announce that BPM 11.1.1.7 is now publicly available. This is a major update to BPM 11g and makes it easier for business to design, run, and improve business processes. See the press release here.


While there are many new features and enhancements in this release, in this blog, I will highlight the 2 features that I am most excited about: Web Forms and Adaptive Case Management. You can read about all the other new features and enhancements in the What's New in BPM 11.1.1.7.0 document.


Web Forms

Web FormsWeb Forms enables a business analyst to design forms (the user interfaces needed for process to interact with participants) from within Process Composer. Business analysts can go top down and start from a blank canvas and create the form by dragging and dropping controls. In this case the business object is automatically inferred based on the form. Or if there is an existing business object, the analyst may choose to create a form based on it by simply dragging and dropping the business object or its elements on the canvas. Web Forms enable behavior to be specified using declarative properties; it also supports a developer adding standard Javascript rules for more advanced behavior.


Web Forms are based on standard HTML, CSS, and Javascript technology and provide built in AJAX behavior.


Web Forms along with related features such as Business Object editor and Player, no enables a business analyst to model, simulate, implement, play, and deploy the process from within Process Composer. Of course there will be scenarios, such as when new services need to be developed or complex data transformation needs to be done, where a developer will need to refine the process in BPM Studio, and we continue to support collaborative development across Composer and Studio.


Adaptive Case Management

Case Management

While we have always supported Case Management as a use case and many of our customers are doing Case Management scenarios with Oracle BPM 11g, in this release, we introduce Case Management as first class feature of BPM 11g. What that means is that we are introducing the notion of Case, Case Activities, Case Policies, Case Events, and Case Stakeholders and a case engine to manage their execution.


To summarize these features, it is useful to explain the difference between case activities and BPMN activities. While a BPMN activity is created when the process reaches a modeled state and then process waits for the activity to be performed, case activities are available as a menu of choices to the appropriately privileged stakeholders. The stakeholders apply their judgement and discretion in deciding which activities to perform and in which order. This enables a broad spectrum of knowledge worker driven use cases, where a traditional process may be too restrictive.


Case policies can be used to constrain or guide the freedom allowed. Based on case data, state, and events, they can enable, disable, or require certain activities or fire new case events.


Case management is a component of the BPM product and case can be added to any existing BPM projects. Case and BPMN processes and sub-processes interoperate seamlessly. A case activity can cause a BPMN process or sub-process to be invoked or it can communicate to an active process instance via event. This means that you can expand the boundaries of your existing BPM processes very easily leveraging this new capability.


Feedback from Early Adopters

Many of our customers and partners have been using Beta version of this release, and feedback from some of them is included here:

Leon Smiers, Capgemini

Capgemini is pleased to see that case management is now added to the Oracle SOA and BPM stack. This small addition broadens the already rich BPM architecture, making it possible to combine BPM processes into cases based upon lifecycle, milestones and events in a very fast and agile way.

When implementing our processes, Capgemini needs tooling that supports design workshops and plays a part in closing the loop between analysis and development. Oracle Process Composer is the browser-based business analyst tool used in workshops to design processes. Oracle developed this tool spectacularly with human task form design capabilities, simulation, and, process player, which permits running processes in situ in the browser.

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Jon Petter Hjulstad, e-vita as

BPM PS6 brings us closer to the power of BPM! One of the focus areas in this release is making it simpler for business people to draw the process, design input forms, test the process out in Process Player, to do simulations - all in a web interface. All this will give IT a better base for further refinement - the result will be fewer iterations before the process is ready to deploy. The other thing I am looking forward to is OEP PS6 - The NoSQL-integration will be very useful!

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Richard Schaller, [ipt] Innovation Process Technology AG

[ipt] is pleased to see that Oracle added compelling new features to the new release of the Oracle BPM  Suite. This release is another milestone for closing the gap between the business and IT in the domains of collaboration and ease of use. The new Web Form feature will allow business users to see how the human task form will look like during the design workshops. The web-based process player enables business analysts to simulate, test and validate the processes in order to ensure that business needs are fulfilled.

[ipt] is convinced that these two features will significantly reduce the development life cycle and create solutions of higher quality.  The adaptive case management solution will put skilled end users in the position to decide which steps they will have to take next in the process based on the current contextual information. This is a common requirement in the public insurance and health sector.

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Lucas Jellema, Amis

"Depending on the industry, organization and type of business process and its actors, a process can be iron clad and straightforward to capture in a BPMN definition. However, in many environments, the business process - or part of the process - is not fixed. Which steps are to be executed and in which order: it depends on the situation. Typically a an experienced professional makes the call as to how to proceed through the process - using predefined process activities and sub-process. This type of business process is indicated with the term 'case management'. The role of BPM and the BPM engine is somewhat different because in this approach each process instance can be in part a predefined flow and in part a sequence of activities determined by a knowledge worker or even by (real time decisions based on actions from) consumers. The support for Adaptive Case Management that Oracle has added to Oracle BPM Suite in this latest release means a breakthrough in the support for (partially) unstructured business processes. AMIS is very keen on using this feature for a wide range of organizations structuring, streamlining and optimizing their business processes."

"The BPM Process Composer brings business users and analysts closer together with designers and developers of BPM processes. The browser based user interface of Process Composer shows the same information that the technical specialists work on. With the latest release of Oracle BPM 11g, the Process Composer allows users to simulate a business process - even before it has been fully implemented - in order to find bottlenecks and discover optimization opportunities. Improvements to the process - documentation, annotations as well as real process enhancements - can be made through the Process Composer. Two new features are especially interesting to AMIS and our customers: The new Process Player option allows users to validate, test and playback the business process in an easy way within the composer. Note that all process activities need not have been implemented yet to already play the process, ensuring that its design meets the business and customer needs. The new WebForms option in Process Composer allows the creation of simple and effective user interfaces for human tasks in the business process that do not require rich and complex pages leveraging data from backend data sources. This feature will facilitate the rapid prototyping of business processes including human-process interactions for example for quick decisions."

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Mark Simpson, Griffiths Waite

Griffiths Waite are delighted with the improvements in BPM 11gPS6, this is not a small incremental release but a big step for BPM technology at Oracle. The BPM Product Management team have really listened to feedback with the introduction of Case Management activities, improved business modelling experience, a design environment that allows the modeller to play the process in a simulated context and a better way to build simple web forms. In addition to these major enhancements, Oracle have also rolled out a large number of smaller improvements that fill gaps and bring increased functionality in comparison to other BPM tools; such as better working calendar functionality, more complete api’s, an improve  d user workspace and better support for business users to define their BPM data. When you add this to the already mature and stable integration to SOA Suite, we have an impressive end to end suite for process and service design and execution which has had a huge focus placed on usability for designers, developers and end users based on partner and customer feedback.

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Torsten Winterberg, OPITZ CONSULTING

OPITZ CONSULTING is already using Oracle BPM Suite 11g in several successful projects. We were very pleased to see the investment Oracle is putting into this tooling, with PS6 being more a major release than just a patch set. We took part in the PS6 beta program and therefore had the chance to test all the new functionality in detail. Greatest things are the improved web based development experience with process composer, which became much more mature. Player is a great feature to quickly understand modeling consequences. Most important for us are the new case management features. A bunch of customers is waiting for this new level in bpm projects – interesting times are ahead.

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Andrejus Baranovskis, Red Samurai Consulting

"Very excited about Adaptive Case Management in BPM PS6. This will make ADF interfaces implementation for BPM tasks and processes more natural and business oriented. I believe this will help to increase BPM PS6 adaption across different projects."

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