The Oracle Fusion Middleware circles have been abuzz this weekend with the launch of the latest and greatest release of BPM/SOA Suite 12c.
The 12c release announcement late Friday evening (GMT+1, UK time) caught me pleasantly off guard as during the past 6 months I have been very focused on a client project.
Listing below are just a few of my initial notes on the features that caught my attention.
- Experience with initial installation
Downloaded the generic quick start installation bundle for 64 bit JVM's.
After the download, it took 9 minutes to install and get JDev running with a blank BPM project (Others on the twitter hashtag #BPMSuite12c reported around 15-20 minutes so I think my lower time might be due to the solid state drive in my laptop). Configuration of the integrated domain and launching the server took longer though but was straightforward and smooth.
I really might be one of the first few in the UK (maybe even the first) who reported installing 12c on the twitter hashtag #BPMSuite12c (1:30 AM UK Time on the 28th of June) after its public release.
- True convergence of BPM and BPA?
Sounds like marketingspeak, but that is the phrase that comes to mind when I see the new 'BA' circle that surrounds the familiar 'BPM loop' I felt the BPM Composer 11g completely lacked BPA (business process analysis) support but that seems to have changed now..
- Feature: process comparator/ history tab in BPMN
I had noticed in earlier releases that the 'history' tab used to be missing in the JDeveloper BPMN studio's process designer view. BPMN definition is essentially just another XML file (albeit a lot more complex to interpret without tool support unlike BPEL) so this didn't make much sense. Seeing the 'history' tab with the 'process comparator' feature made me realise why it took this long. It's a fairly complex feature to have (and very useful to have for any collaborative development or even for any to-and-fro between the composer and JDev BPM studio). They needed to get it right.
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