Developing business processes that use IBM WebSphere Portal and WebSphere Process Server

This article teaches you the basics of building a business process that utilizes IBM WebSphere Portal as its human interaction service (staff).

Lincoln F. Roach (lincolnr@us.ibm.com), Certified Consulting IT Specialist, Gartner Inc

Lincoln Roach is a Senior Consulting IT Specialist with IBM Worldwide Technical Enablement at Research Triangle Park, Raleigh, North Carolina. He has over 20 years of consulting experience delivering business solution for medium to large corporations in the Financial, Insurance, and Manufacturing industries. Having worked with WebSphere Portal for many years, Lincoln is leveraging his experience on the Worldwide, Business Integration Architecture Team with a specific interest in decision latency. You can reach Lincoln at lincolnr@us.ibm.com.



12 July 2006

This article teaches you the basics of building a business process that utilizes IBM WebSphere Portal as its human interaction service (staff). Additionally, you learn how to complete a sub-process as an example of what it takes to break down larger business systems. You also learn how to use the client artifacts required to develop process portlets in IBM Rational Application Developer exported from the completed business process in IBM WebSphere Integration Developer. This article helps you grow your understanding of Portal’s role as a human interaction service and understand how it helps to reduce decision latency.

Introduction

In an On Demand Business Environment, the efficient interaction of customers, employees, and suppliers is key to achieving business success. Businesses need to enable these parties to seamlessly participate and collaborate in business processes to increase productivity. The human tasks within these business processes, for example, approving or reviewing requests, needs to be presented to the right people, at the right time, in a way that minimizes decision latency.

In this article, you learn how to:

  • Use IBM® WebSphere® Integration Developer to build a basic process that contains human activity.
  • Configure the human activity to use IBM WebSphere Portal as a human interface.
  • Build a sub-process that you can use to manage larger business systems.
  • Deploy the business process and sub-process on IBM WebSphere Process Server.
  • Use the client artifacts required to develop process portlets in IBM Rational® Application Developer.
  • Use WebSphere Portal to help reduce decision latency.

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