IBM Business Automation Manager Open Editions 8.0 delivers open-source, cloud-native business process and rules solutions to help developers build complex, customized automation applications

IBM Europe Software Announcement ZP22-0282
July 19, 2022

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At a glance

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IBM® Business Automation Manager Open Editions 8.0 provides the following key capabilities for developers:

  • Create and deploy containerized microservices and applications that automate business decisions and processes
  • Build highly customizable applications on powerful open-source technology
  • Maximize compatibility with third-party software and operating environments with industry-standard technology


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Overview

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Business Automation Manager Open Editions 8.0 includes IBM Process Automation Manager Open Edition and IBM Decision Manager Open Edition as component products. Each of these developer-centric products can be purchased separately. Organizations that need the full spectrum of process and decision management capabilities should purchase Process Automation Manager Open Edition. Organizations that are solely focused on decision management capabilities should purchase Decision Manager Open Edition.

Process Automation Manager Open Edition helps organizations develop containerized microservices and applications that automate processes and business decisions. Process Automation Manager Open Edition provides tools for modeling and deploying business processes and decisions, and supports both Business Process Model and Notation (BPMN) and Decision Model and Notation (DMN) standards.

Decision Manager Open Edition, a subset of Process Automation Manager Open Edition, helps organizations develop containerized microservices and applications that automate business decisions. Decision Manager Open Edition includes business rules management and complex event processing technologies, and is compliant with popular industry standards.

Benefits of Business Automation Manager Open Editions:

  • Open, developer-friendly solutions. Build highly customized applications using common development and CI/CD tools on transparent, secure code
  • Standards-based tooling. BPMN models and DMN models that provide multiple options to model flows and policies, and help ensure automation services integrate with legacy and third-party applications
  • Cloud-native development. Build and deploy apps as containerized microservices on Red Hat® OpenShift®
  • Decision management. Open-source rules engine and Kogito-based, cloud-native tooling and runtimes that provide fast boot times and scaling


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Key requirements

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Business Automation Manager Open Editions 8.0 component products are certified on multiple operating systems. For details, see Technical information.



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Planned availability date

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July 22, 2022

Availability within a country is subject to local legal requirements.



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Description

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Capabilities

Process Modeling: Process Automation Manager Open Edition enables development and execution of cloud-native process automation apps. It includes tools for creating models of business processes using the BPMN 2.0 standard. These models include the steps within a process, as well as decisions taken along the way. It also supports dynamic case management, a less-structured approach to business processes suitable for use cases too complex to lay out all possible process paths in advance. In these scenarios, the modeling tools let users describe typical steps taken, with the actual paths determined at runtime depending on the content of each case.

Decision Modeling: Process Automation Manager Open Edition and Decision Manager Open Edition include tools to develop rules and decision-driven applications, services, and systems in an agile way. Decision Manager Open Edition also provides a versatile set of decision capabilities, including a rules engine based on the Phreak algorithm (an evolution of the well-known Rete algorithm), DMN 1.4 compliance, support for intelligent decisions that use Predictive Model Markup Language (PMML), and a complex event processing engine.

Data Modeling and Forms: To enable process and decision models to be included in an application, Process Automation Manager Open Edition and Decision Manager Open Edition provide tools for users to define additional artifacts needed for execution, including data models and the user interface for manual steps. Several scripting languages are also provided.

Dashboards: Process Automation Manager Open Edition and Decision Manager Open Edition include facilities for users to create sophisticated dashboards for the display of business data. Dashboards can contain indicators that are connected to data sources in disparate systems. With customization, business users can create a view of key performance indicators (KPIs) needed for agile decision-making.

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Program number

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Program number VRM Program name
5900-AR4 8.0 IBM Business Automation Manager Open Editions

Note: The offerings in this announcement may not be available for purchase in all countries in your geographical area. Purchase availability can be affected by multiple factors that include support and service availability and government regulations. The country information is not comprehensive. Consult with your IBM representative or IBM Business Partner for availability information in your area.



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Education support

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Contact your IBM representative for course information.



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Offering Information

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Product information is available on the IBM Offering Information website.

More information is also available on the Passport Advantage® and Passport Advantage Express website.



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Publications

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Business Automation Manager Open Editions 8.0 technical documentation is available in IBM Documentation.



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Technical information

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Planning information

Packaging

This offering is delivered through the internet as an electronic download. There is no physical media.

Business Automation Manager Open Editions component products are offered as traditional, e-image and as container distributions. Entitled users can download e-images through IBM Passport Advantage and container images through Red Hat Ecosystem Catalog.

This program, when downloaded from a website, contains the applicable IBM license agreement and License Information, if appropriate, which will be presented for acceptance at the time of installation of the program.

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Security, auditability, and control

Business Automation Manager Open Editions component products use the security and auditability features of the host hardware or software.

The client is responsible for evaluation, selection, and implementation of security features, administrative procedures, and appropriate controls in application systems and communication facilities.



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IBM Business Automation Manager Open Editions (5900-AR4) introduces the following part numbers.

IBM Process Automation Manager Open Edition

Part number description Part number
IBM Process Automation Manager Open Edition Virtual Processor Core Subscription License D0BF2ZX
IBM Process Automation Manager Open Edition for IBM Z Virtual Processor Core Subscription License D0BF7ZX

IBM Decision Manager Open Edition

Part number description Part number
IBM Decision Manager Open Edition Virtual Processor Core Subscription License D0BESZX
IBM Decision Manager Open Edition for IBM Z Virtual Processor Core Subscription License D0BEXZX

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Charge metric information can be found in the corresponding License Information document.

Program number License Information document title License Information document number
5900-AR4 IBM Business Automation Manager Open Editions 8.0 L-GOTN-CECFMB

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Program number License Information document title License Information document number
5900-AR4 IBM Business Automation Manager Open Editions 8.0 L-GOTN-CECFMB

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Regional availability

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Europe: Aland Islands, Albania, Andorra, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bouvet Island, British Indian Ocean Territory, Bulgaria, Union of the Comoros, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Falkland Islands (Malvinas), Faroe Islands, Finland, France, French Guiana, French Polynesia, French Southern Territories, Georgia, Germany, Gibraltar, Greece, Greenland, Guadeloupe, Guernsey, Holy See (Vatican City State), Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Isle of Man, Israel, Italy, Jersey, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Martinique, Mayotte, Republic of Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro, Netherlands, New Caledonia, Republic of North Macedonia, Norway, Pitcairn, Poland, Portugal, Reunion, Romania, Saint Barthelemy, Saint Helena Ascension and Tristan da Cunha, Saint Martin, Saint Pierre and Miquelon, San Marino, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands, Spain, Svalbard and Jan Mayen, Sweden, Switzerland, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, United Kingdom, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu, and Wallis and Futuna

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