Monday Apr 21, 2014

SOA and Business Processes: You are the Process! Part of the Industrial SOA article series

Business Process Management is a management discipline that thrives to improve process performance. If done right, BPM leads to appealing, user-friendly processes that provide information about productivity, that measure performance and that illustrate the potential for improvement while indicating the exact location in the overall process that potentially benefits from one of various process optimization strategies.

To deal with the complexity of modeling a company's business processes, business analysts proceed hierarchically and begin by describing a value chain (process level 0) through several levels of processes, until they reach a level on which they depict a detailed description of the activities of process participants. Figure 1 gives an overview of BPM with a figure for each modeling technology and the interaction with SOA services.

We see that Business Process Management and SOA go hand in hand: SOA enables BPM.

Figure 1: BPM and SOA: the bigger picture

At the highest level of the process hierarchy, the functional process blocks for end-to-end processes that potentially span departments in the overall organization are described in a high level, very abstract and coarse grained language, like IDS Scheer value chains. There is no branching, but they do include the most important business goals, ideally expressed as KPIs and other organizational aspects, such as assigning steps to departments.

At the next levels, the process steps are described hierarchically, with the level of detail increasing downward. This is done today in the lingua franca for business process models, Business Process Management and Notation (BPMN). Here the process participants or players in a process are represented as "swim lanes," which contain the process steps that are assigned to this participant.

At a middle hierarchical level (levels 1-3), the process participants are still included relatively roughly through the organizational units, such as the "Purchasing" department.

If you drill down deeper into the process details, you reach the fine-grained level (level 4), at which the activities of the process are represented through automatic system interactions via services and through human interactions These steps that are performed by individuals are called "human tasks." Tasks are specified through process participants in their task lists. The sequences within a task can be modeled and listed in detail in an enterprise portal as "page flows." Examples of human tasks are: Read the complete article here.

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Sunday Apr 20, 2014

Happy Easter from the SOA Community

Wish you all a happy and peaceful Easter ;-)

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We have a special Easter egg for you – our free SOA Suite bootcamp training.

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Saturday Apr 19, 2014

Custom Escalation in Oracle BPM Suite 11g by Vivek Acharya

This article is contributed by our guest writer Vivek Acharya. Vivek is an Oracle Consultant working as a Professional Freelancer. He has been in the Design, Development, consulting and Architect world for approximately seven years working in Oracle Practice at IBM,HP,Zensar. He is an Oracle Certified Expert as Oracle Fusion-SOA 11g Implementation Specialist and Oracle – BPM 11g Implementation Specialist. He has experience and expertise in Oracle Fusion – SOA, BPM, BAM, Mediator, B2B, BI, AIA, Web logic, Workflow,Rules,Webcenter,UCM,IDM,Oracle Fusion Applications,SaaS,OnDemand etc. He loves all things to do with Oracle Fusion Applications, Oracle SOA, Oracle BPM, Cloud Computing, Salesforce,SaaS and BSM. Vivek is author of the Oracle BPM Suite 11g Developer’s cookbook (Packt, 2012).

Escalation is a common requirement while implementing Oracle BPM processes with human interactions. Processes don’t do work, it’s the people who do. This concept leads to those processes which have heavy human interactions. There are scenarios when a participant does not act on an assigned human task and such scenarios become candidate for being escalated.
Custom Escalation is to empower BPM system with the capability to introduce a check on the Task’s outcome. A participant is assigned a task and if it doesn’t acts on the task in a specified time frame, then non-availability should be accounted, published and notified. If the Participant does not act in the duration provided, the task is escalated to the manager or another user, as appropriate.

Escalation makes sure that SLAs are met and the process performs as per the exceptions within in the time frame it is suppose to. For example – if a task is assigned to a participant and the participant was suppose to respond in 2 days and it’s overdue by 4 days, it basically hampers the fabric of the process and might lead to loss of business. Assume a loan approval process. If the loan document request is awaiting a loan officer approval and it’s overdue in its kitty by 4 days. Then it’s the best practice to escalate overdue information and the task to another participant.

This post is meant to showcase custom escalation and how participant list can be build dynamically. Read the complete article here.

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Friday Apr 18, 2014

Cloud and On-Premises Integration for Oracle Applications

As cloud computing becomes an essential aspect of business operations for many companies, there is a pressing need to integrate cloud applications with on-premises applications. According to a recent study, however, companies frequently have significant cloud integration challenges, with 53 percent of respondents saying lack of integration with cloud applications is their main hindrance to innovation.1 The middleware solutions in the Oracle AppAdvantage program eliminate this hindrance by sharing standards and components among all enterprise applications. This high level of consistency between Oracle Applications and Oracle integration solutions are key enablers for innovation and competitive advantage.

For example, an enterprise that relies on an on-premises customer relationship management (CRM) application might acquire a company that uses a cloud-based CRM application. Account managers need to be able to access data from both systems cohesively, share data between these systems, and ultimately establish an authoritative system of record. HR systems, payroll systems, and incentive compensation systems also need to work in unison and exchange information so that employees are properly compensated and paid. Putting all this information together in a unified way is essential to delivering a consistent experience for people both inside and outside the firewall.

Oracle AppAdvantage for Cloud and On-Premises Integration
Oracle AppAdvantage is a program powered by Oracle Fusion Middleware technologies that helps customers strengthen their investment in Oracle Applications such as Oracle E-Business Suite as well as Oracle’s JD Edwards, Siebel, and PeopleSoft applications. Oracle SOA Suite - the central middleware component in this program for service integration and application integration - can connect on-premises enterprise systems to a private or public cloud in a cohesive way. It minimizes the distinction between cloud-based and on-premises applications by enabling a unified approach to service integration, process orchestration, application integration, and data integration - regardless of where those applications are deployed. Get the whitepaper here.

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Thursday Apr 17, 2014

Social BPM: Finding the business value behind the buzzword

There is a debate over the meaning of the term "social BPM," as well as its role in the enterprise. Some say it is simply a new feature in vendor offerings. Others claim it is a business strategy, bringing people into more efficient conversation while consolidating social data for future analysis. As with any new buzzword, CIOs and architects will have to cut through the hype in order to determine whether or not social BPM -- and its accompanying technology suites -- really coincides with their business strategy.
There is real value to be gained from pairing social technologies with business process management, but only once the abstraction of "social BPM" is grounded in some concrete examples. Social tools can be used to organize and consolidate previously unstructured collaboration methods, such as instant messages. This framework for social collaboration can enhance both customer relationships and internal decision-making, according to BPM experts Malcolm Ross and Ajay Khanna. They bring the term "social BPM" into sharper focus and explain the business problems that might benefit from social solutions.

Social BPM by example

Social BPM is best defined through real-world scenarios. Take Amazon. When buyers shop on its website, their decisions are often influenced by product reviews, said Ross, product marketing vice president for Appian Software, a developer of business management tools. To him, social BPM is an opportunity for the enterprise to take advantage of the same resources that social provides the consumer market. "I don't think it's that great a leap to see that the same commentary can also enhance our decisioning inside the enterprise," he said. Read the complete article here.


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Wednesday Apr 16, 2014

A new release of Process Accelerators (11.1.7.1) is now available and includes two new PAs

A new release of Process Accelerators (11.1.7.1) is now available and includes two new PAs:

  • Insurance Claims Management: ICM is the first accelerator to showcase the Adaptive Case Management (ACM) functionality in Oracle BPM. ACM is a great fit for claims business scenarios, since every claim is different: knowledge workers typically use their judgment to select and perform the best action at any given point in time, and may change the claim processing sequence. The ICM model can be applied to many other business processes in different industries, since it’s based on a business scenario (car insurance) easy to understand, yet functionally rich: a real-life ACM solution with extensible UI and business rules.
  • Oracle Process Accelerator for Unified Loan Origination, supporting both personal and business loans, and easily extensible to many additional loan types thanks to the underlying extended financial framework.
  • PA 11.1.1.7.1 also includes out-of-the-box integration scenarios with Oracle E-Business Suite, delivering end-to-end business flows with Employee Onboarding in addition to the already available PeopleSoft integration scenarios delivered with the previous release.

Want to get access to the process accelerators please contact Cesare Rotundo.

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BPM Suite 11g Samples

Official Oracle BPM Suite 11g Samples

These are the samples for the Oracle BPM Suite that are delivered to you by the Oracle BPM Product Management team. You don't need a membership to browse and download samples.
BPM/SOA Suite Installation videos can be found here (scroll down).

List of Samples:

You can also use the Downloads button on the left to browse and download.

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Monday Apr 14, 2014

last chance call for presentations Oracle OpenWorld & JavaOne 2014

You’ve been successful in making your organization run smoother, faster, more cost-effectively. You’ve come up with the perfect solution to increase your staff retention, speed up your lead to sales pipeline, or minimize your supply management costs. We want to hear your story. Submit your proposal today and share your success at Oracle OpenWorld.

Tips for your presentation:

  • Include customer references
  • Choose a cool title which catches attention
  • Cloud, mobile and big & fast data are key trends in middleware
  • Inform us and product management about your paper
  • Visit last years conference page to see which presentations have been selected

Oracle OpenWorld 2014, will take place from September 28th until October 2nd in San Francisco. Call for papers is open until April 15th 2014 here:


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Sunday Apr 13, 2014

Adaptive Case Management API by Niall Commiskey

Thanks to Niall for the blog series on ACM API:

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