On premises BPM Suite has been Oracle’s flagship product for business process automation for many years. Based on the industry standard of BPMN and tightly integrated with SOA Suite for integrations, it has been widely used to implement complex and typically long running business processes. The recent addition of Adaptive Case Management to BPM Suite has extended its functionality with support for less structured workflows, loosely based on the CMMN standard. Oracle has not offered – and will not offer – a BPM Suite CS; the only supported way to run BPM Suite in the Oracle Cloud is by installing it into a JCS instance.
For the business user, Oracle introduced the Process Cloud Service (PCS). PCS was originally introduced for fairly simple human workflows that may integrate documents (using Document CS) and collaboration (leveraging Oracle Social Network).
Workflows designed in PCS can exported to BPM Suite; however, BPM projects created in BPM Studio (JDeveloper) cannot be lifted and shifted to PCS, and long running instances are of course not lift and shiftable at all.
Over the last year, a similar development has taken place as with ICS: PCS is rapidly becoming the premier offering from Oracle for automating business processes, far beyond the reach of the business user. Instead of a citizen developer’s tool for simple human workflows, PCS is growing into what could have been the next generation of BPM Suite, while BPM Suite will not evolve any further. See this image from the documentation for BPM Suite 18.104.22.168.0 – October 2016: Read the complete article here.
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