OpenWorld 2009: Storm, Earthquake, and BPM


Three most memorable things about OOW 2009 (at least for some of us):


  1. Strong storms, highly unusual for October, that got many of us completely drenched

  2. Earthquake, which though not very severe was eerie coming 4 days before the 20th anniversary of the Loma Prieta quake

  3. BPM !!

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BPM was featured very prominently in both Thomas Kurian's keynote and Hasan Rizvi's general session "Oracle Fusion Middleware 11g Foundation for Innovation."

Mark Peterson writes Oracle spotlights BPM in Fusion Middleware Story :

During the Oracle Open World 2009 General Session "Oracle Fusion Middleware 11g Foundation for Innovation" we heard about SOA, the Enterprise 2.0 Portal and Tuxedo; but what is that? We were given a demo of the new Oracle BPM 11g application development environment. We got to see swim-lanes, process models, simulations and dash-boards. They showed how you can obtain process model metrics and key performance indicators for your process. They made significant improvements over the way BPM integrates with applications and systems.

We also saw significant customer interest - our sessions and labs were well attended and well received, our demo pods were heavily visited, and many of us had back-to-back customer meetings throughout OOW.

In addition to the positive feedback we received in person, many have blogged positively - following is a quick compilation:

Jim Sinur writes Oracle BPM 11g R1 Suite is Well Thought Through:

Oracle wants to engage the business user in BPM. With that as goal, Oracle has set out to have a more business friendly BPM experience at several levels. First the modeling environment is greatly improved, secondly the BAM environment is usable plus somewhat seamless and finally the integrated rules environment is finally usable by non-IT types.
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If Oracle BPM 11g R1 works as advertised (to be determined), Oracle is ahead of the other power vendors.

Mark Peterson writes the wait was worth it:

For businesses, the need for a rich user-experience has been achieved. The BPM studio is integrated with the ADF development environment; a JSF-based technology. ...
BPM 11g has also improved on the type of roles available for activities. You can now specify interactive tiers for approval or review activities. ...
BPM 11g has many other features as well. It has a state-of-the-art rules engine. It can handle most business rules and conditional requirements without the need to integrate third-party rules engines. It has a new milestone activity switch to enhance business activity monitoring and instance processing by the workspace. It also has integrated Oracle BAM to enhance the ability to obtain information about the business process.

Jason Jones writes based on the hands-on-lab:

The result is an impressive combination of Oracle's latest SOA technologies with the business process modeling...
Another impressive feature is Process Composer, which is a lightweight web-based modeler to modify processes for less technical users...

Todd Biske provides an excellent summary of the BPM 11 session:

Overall, the message is that Oracle has a comprehensive and unified BPM platform. From the slides, it certainly appears comprehensive. The 11g release is all about unification onto a common platform, and as long as what's been on the slides accurately reflects this new platform, 11g should be a good step forward for Oracle BPM.

Mike Van Alst writes:

Always good to go out with a bang, so I've saved the best for last. With the introduction of BPM 11g comes the Process Composer. This is an web-based tool aimed at the business users, where they are able to modify any process before it's deployed. Based on available rules, services and process activities, they can modify the process to their needs. This will make imtroduction of new products (based on a default process) an undertaking that can be handled purely by the business, without the need for IT.

To sum it up, in Mark Peterson's words - the wait was worth it!

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