Friday Aug 28, 2015

Process Data Definition by Red Maveriks

clip_image002Processes transform inputs (data) into outputs (data)

We have our BPMN process and if we only want to document our process, this is almost all the work we’ll need to do. However, Akino Fishing Co. wants to not only document, but also automate and execute the processes. For that, we need to define our process data.

A process governs data transformation

Process data refers to the entities that the process manipulates, or interacts with, during its life cycle. To put it simply, a process manipulates things. All these things must first be defined, so that the process does what it’s intended to do.

For our process, we’ll define the following data entities:

  • Request
  • Parking Space

Oracle BPM Composer allows you to define this in a fairly simple way. First, you create the data structure, that will specify what makes that “thing”. Let’s build an example to understand this better:

What makes a request? How is it defined? Think about it for 5 minutes…

5 Minutes

You should end up with something like this:

  • Requester – who made the request
  • Request date – when the request was made
  • Employee? – is the requester an employee?
  • Park date&time – when does the requester want to park
  • Fulfilled? – was the request fulfilled?
  • State – state of the request: open, closed, pending alternative

So, these set the characteristics, the structure, of our request.

Business Objects vs Data Objects

We define a request as being comprised of these 6 elements, by creating a Business Object. In the BPM process composer select the option Business Object, Read the complete article here.

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Sunday Jun 14, 2015

Refining your BPM process by Red Mavericks

clip_image002Ah… The holiday season! Time to be with your family, eat like an elephant, getting stuck in endless traffic jams and moving in overcrowded shopping malls. No better time to write BPM articles, right? Actually, wrong! Curiously, a peak in activity actually absorbed me completely and we couldn’t do all the stuff that we wanted to. Anyway, we’re back.

Last time, we defined and modeled our first business process in BPMN. It modeled the “Request a parking space” process, with the behavior described in the textual process description. Now we’ll refine that process so that when we decide to implement it, we’ll take less time to do so.

Optimize before implementation VS implement before optimization

There’s an interesting debate as to whether or not should the first version of the BPM model be optimized before the implementation.

Some say “of course…why would you put a substandard process in production?”, while others argue “don’t worry and put the first version of the process in production ASAP, because the BPM lifecycle will guarantee an optimized version by itself in the second iteration, based on facts, not perceptions”.

Both approaches are valid and you can choose either one. Just don’t over do it if you go with the first one, or you’ll never get a version in production.

We typically choose the first approach, but we put a (half) day cap on the optimization work (one full day if the process is complex), to limit what we do. By the end of that (half) day the process goes on for implementation with whatever optimizations done in that time. This also help us focus and go for quick wins instead of nitpicking.
With our experience, we can look at a business process and quickly identify possible improvements. In time, you will too.

See any patterns?

If you look at the process version from the last article, you’ll see somethings that appear to be repeated. These are typically good candidates for optimization.
If you can factorize these into a reusable piece, you would only need to implement it once and then reuse it as many times as you want.
Check the notifications to the requester. Read the complete article here.

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Sunday May 03, 2015

The first BPMN process by Maverick

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I know I’m a bit late on this article, but my presence in the Middle East had more (positive) impact than I anticipated, so I got tied up at work.

Anyway, let’s finally start to use Oracle’s BPM Composer to model our “Request a parking space” process.

As the Akino Fishing Co is a series focused on the Business User, we’ll try to keep our articles as Zero-Code as possible.

Finally… Hands-on!

We’ll start by logging on to BPM Composer

Oracle BPM Composer Login Screen

After logging in we are taken into the Process Spaces screen. Here, we’ll create a Space for our BPM Initiative. A Space is an container were you group and keep your Business Architecture (BA) and BPMN projects.

You can create as much spaces as you want, to organize your Business Architecture and BPMN projects the way you think it’s best. However, a project that belongs to a given space can’t be “seen” in other spaces, so take that into account. For the purpose of our article, we’ll be using just one space for all processes.

Hello there!

I know I’m a bit late on this article, but my presence in the Middle East had more (positive) impact than I anticipated, so I got tied up at work.

Anyway, let’s finally start to use Oracle’s BPM Composer to model our “Request a parking space” process.

As the Akino Fishing Co is a series focused on the Business User, we’ll try to keep our articles as Zero-Code as possible.

Finally… Hands-on!

We’ll start by logging on to BPM Composer

Oracle BPM Composer Login Screen

After logging in we are taken into the Process Spaces screen. Here, we’ll create a Space for our BPM Initiative. A Space is an container were you group and keep your Business Architecture (BA) and BPMN projects.

You can create as much spaces as you want, to organize your Business Architecture and BPMN projects the way you think it’s best. However, a project that belongs to a given space can’t be “seen” in other spaces, so take that into account. For the purpose of our article, we’ll be using just one space for all processes. Read the complete article here.

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Saturday Jun 28, 2014

Ready-To-Use SOA/BPM 11.1.1.7.1 Virtual Machine and Case Management Sample by Red Samurai

There is a new excellent Virtual Box VM for the latest SOA/BPM 11.1.1.7.1. This one is my favourite, it includes latest Oracle products for SOA/BPM and WebCenter. All is configured, fine tuned and ready to use. Read more and download from Oracle OTN site - Pre-built Virtual Machine for SOA Suite and BPM Suite 11g.
The same as in previous release of this VM, you can start each server with one click in the console window:
UI for the standard BPM Worklist application is refined in SOA/BPM 11.1.1.7.1 release - it looks lighter and cleaner. Definitely, something users would like to use, everything can be customised if needed: Read the complete article here.


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Saturday Feb 01, 2014

Integrating Custom BPM Worklist into WebCenter Portal (Same Domain for BPM and WebCenter) by Red Samurai

http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-5jAvXzUNY24/UlkqQRvJaJI/AAAAAAAAKYU/xJ4yqWTWiCg/s320/13.pngI would like to share sample application configured to run custom BPM Worklist and steps describing how to configure and access it from the WebCenter Portal. This post will be based on two other posts from my blog, I would recommend to go through them first. The one where is described how to extend WebCenter Portal 11.1.1.8 - Extending WebCenter Portal 11.1.1.8 Made Easy. Other one about deploying custom ADF shared libraries - Deploying ADF Applications as Shared Libraries on WLS. For this post, I assume BPM and WebCenter environment is running on the same domain. There is one more - custom BPM Worklist access implementation through BPM Java API - ADF 11g PS5 Application with Customized BPM Worklist Task Flow (MDS Seeded Customization).
BPM and WebCenter Portal runs on the same domain - each of different WebLogic Managed Server. With such configuration, setup is quite straightforward, comparing to having separate domains: Read the complete article here.

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Thursday Apr 04, 2013

Very excited about Adaptive Case Management in BPM PS6 – Andrejus Baranovskis, Red Samurai Consulting

image"Very excited about Adaptive Case Management in BPM PS6. This will make ADF interfaces implementation for BPM tasks and processes more natural and business oriented. I believe this will help to increase BPM PS6 adaption across different projects." Andrejus Baranovskis, Red Samurai Consulting

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Friday Apr 27, 2012

MDS explorer by Red Samurai

This tool is designed to work with plain ADF applications, as well as with WebCenter Portal or WebCenter Spaces applications. It allows to delete and edit corrupted or obsolete MDS entries. Functionality summary – search, view, edit and delete MDS customizations for ADF/WebCenter applications. Why we need such tool – MDS is black box and is really hard to revert to correct state when user creates corrupted MDS customizations or MDS breaks by itself. Red Samurai MDS Cleaner is designed to help Oracle Fusion administrators to resolve MDS related issues quickly.

For more information please visit Andrejus blog

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Wednesday Apr 25, 2012

SOA Community Newsletter April 2012

Dear SOA partner community member

Do you want to try Oracle’s middleware solutions or want to experience its demo? Make sure you access the Access Oracle Demonstration Services with the latest OFM PS5 starter kit and BPM 11g Insurance demo!

You can access our on-demand Mastering BPM 11g Webinar Series and learn more about BPM11g.

Thomas Erl will host the SOA, Cloud + Service Technology Symposium in London mid of September, we would recommend you to submit your papers!
Thanks to Andrejus. The MDS Explorer by Red Samurai is now available for the Community! Please inform us if you want to share your tools with the community.

Till we meet again!

Jürgen Kress
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