The Spring 2013 edition of the BPM Journal is full of in-depth information on BPM and ODM. You can get an expert perspective on business modeling and process decomposition to improve your business operations, and step through an invoice processing example that illustrates how IBM BPM Standard can choreograph complex activities in a real-world solution. If your interest is decision management, you'll learn about the ODM golden topology and a new Rule Governance design pattern that can help you improve your ODM governance. Finally, this edition has some useful information on migrating process instances in IBM BPM V8, as well as maintaining continuous availability during WebSphere Process Server updates.
We hope you find lots of useful information in this issue of the BPM Journal. If you have any questions or suggestions for future topics, please contact the editor, Christine (Chris) Rothemich. We'd love to hear from you!
by Carlo Marcoli
This article presents a multi-dimensional approach to developing of an organic business process architecture. It covers the scoping of a modeling initiative as well as techniques for business decomposition and process definition. It goes beyond the basic concepts of hierarchical process decomposition and shows how analyzing processes in terms of a key set of business dimensions including ownership, value and information improves process standardisation and lowers the level of complexity across business operations. It is aimed at business leaders, architects and analysts engaged in BPMS initiatives.
by Nigel Crowther
This article introduces a rule-based Rule Governance design pattern. The design pattern can be applied to all versions of IBM Operational Decision Management to improve the agility and strength of Decision Center governance. You can build your own implementation based on this pattern, or you can contact the author for details on obtaining the IBM Rule Governance Asset.
by Pierre Feillet, James Withers,
and Jose De Freitas
Learn how to choose and configure deployment topologies for IBM Operational Decision Management (IBM ODM) in distributed environments. This article explains the essential concepts needed to understand highly available and scalable WebSphere Application Server Network Deployment environments, then introduces the IBM ODM server components and explains the characteristics or constraints of those components that affect deployment decisions
Case study: Invoice processing with IBM Business Process Manager, Part 1: The business context and process model
by Scott Glen
This two-part article provides a case study of a real-world IBM Business Process Manager V8.0.1 invoice processing solution, using web services and Java integration to automate a process spanning multiple vendors and operational systems. Part 1 describes the business problem and the process and associated data structures used in the solution.
by Scott Glen
Part 2 focuses on the Java and web service integration, and user interface and image manipulation techniques involved in the solution.
by Jacob Stoeffler and Eric
This article provides background, insights, and a pragmatic set of techniques for installing application updates and product fix packs in WebSphere Process Server V7.0 environments where continuous availability is desired.
by Ernese Norelus, Prashant Atgur,
Leonard Blunt, and Harish
When upgrading process applications which have long-running processes, the impact and how to manage old versions of the process that are already started. This article looks at the migration options available in IBM Business Process Manager V8, and specifically focuses on the in-flight migration option. It also describes what to do when a running process is migrated and steps are left dangling or "orphaned."
Check out these educational and entertaining videos by IBM Business Process Manager Product Manager and former services integration architect Brian Petrini.
Brian talks about the difference between BPM and SOA, and why they're best combined for a robust integration solution. He also talks about the difference between a business process and a service, and what scenarios lend themselves to using IBM BPM Advanced vs. IBM BPM Standard.
Brian describes the IBM BPM Compendium of Public Knowledge, a useful resource for anyone designing and building solutions using IBM Business Process Manager V7.5, WebSphere Process Server, WebSphere Enterprise Service Bus, and related products. It contains categorized links to publicly available content available for BPM.
This book is written for readers who have varying levels of familiarity with ODM. It doesn't focus on any particular vendor’s offering; instead, it talks about the features of ODM as a model for managing operational decision-making. The focus of this book is on automated decisions that can be executed in real time in conjunction with your business applications and processes. (PDF)
This series explores commonly held concepts behind business performance and agility, and illustrates at a practical level how to extend these into new and innovative ways of measuring, achieving and sustaining business performance through business agility. The business process optimization (BPO) method described provides a means of combining various technological innovations in the context of a business-centric view that affords increased agility to achieve business outcomes.