Oracle’s BPM offering is one of the market leaders, and Oracle BPM Suite 11g is the latest generation of Oracle’s portfolio of business process management (BPM) technologies, bringing a number of the company’s BPM products together as an integrated suite. Oracle has done a good job of the integration, and can now boast one of the most complete BPM offerings in the marketplace. Other notable elements to the suite include the provision of a common runtime platform (which acts as an execution environment for BPMN and BPEL models, as well as business rules) and the introduction of Process Composer, a web-based environment intended as a tool for business analysts. In the latest release of the suite, Oracle has added adaptive case management capabilities.
Oracle’s continued investment in its BPM offering is paying dividends in the form of significant improvements in ease of use, better integration between the different components, and very comprehensive support for the key BPM notation standards. The improvements that Oracle has made to Process Composer (which is a web-based tool intended for non-technical users) mean that the transition from “business focus” to “implementation focus” is now relatively smooth, and the business-focused tooling does an excellent job of shielding non-technical users from some of the underlying complexity inherent in BPMN.
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