Top 10 editor's picks for IBM Business Process Manager


Here are my top 10 editor's picks of IBM® Business Process Manager (BPM) content published on developerWorks. I selected content that helps you through the planning, configuration, development, and deployment phases of your business process applications, guiding you as you use recent versions of the product. I updated this list in October 2017 to include some of the best tutorials published in the past year.

About IBM Business Process Manager (BPM)

IBM BPM is a comprehensive business process management platform. It provides a robust set of tools to author, test, and deploy business processes, as well as full visibility and insight to managing those business processes. It scales smoothly and easily from an initial project to a full enterprise-wide program. The components of IBM Business Process Manager provide a unified repository to manage the business processes and their associated artifacts; tools for authors, administrators, and users; and a runtime platform.

Top 10 editor's picks for IBM BPM

  • Make your processes smarter with cognitive business operations, by Alex Feinberg and John Santoro
    Make sense of a vast, untapped source of data in the form of social media postings and customer service phone calls. This article demonstrates how to use IBM Watson cognitive services on IBM Bluemix to augment a business process that is implemented with IBM BPM.
  • Digital process automation with BPM and blockchain series, by Larissa Auberger and Matthias Kloppmann
    In the first part of the series, Combine business process management and blockchain, learn how a combination of business process management and blockchain technologies leads to smarter business processes. Then, discover blockchain services and implement service flows and a business process. Learn to work with blockchain assets in your business processes.
  • Top 5 things you need to know about IBM BPM on Cloud, by Slava Zheltonogov, Werner Tod, Mike Zilbergleyt, and Jean Pommier
    Moving your business process management solutions to IBM BPM on Cloud introduces some special considerations. For a successful transition, pay attention to five areas when you plan and implement a move to IBM BPM on Cloud: topology, security, administration and operations, application design, and application data and integration.
  • IBM Business Process Manager database troubleshooting series, by Stephan Volz and Bonnie Brummond
    IBM BPM is a platform for handling all kinds of enterprise business tasks. With proper planning, it is possible to prevent issues that affect performance before they are reported by process participants and other end users. This series focuses on what you can learn from the BPMDB database in IBM BPM to prevent problems and troubleshoot issues. The first two parts of this series focus on IBM DB2. Part 1 describes tips for database maintenance, statistics, and analysis for IBM DB2 for Linux®, UNIX®, and Windows®. Part 2 shows seven examples of common troubleshooting scenarios with IBM BPM and a BPMDB database that uses IBM DB2 for Linux, UNIX, and Windows. Then, Part 3 focuses on tips for database maintenance, statistics, and analysis for troubleshooting IBM BPM and a BPMDB database that uses Oracle.
  • Applying DevOps concepts to your IBM Business Process Manager project, by Bob Tarne
    DevOps, a software methodology that integrates application development and IT operations, continues to gain momentum in IT shops. But there is still a gap in many organizations between talking about DevOps and implementing it effectively. This tutorial provides a brief overview of DevOps and looks at how DevOps concepts can be realized on an IBM Business Process Management project.
  • Does IBM BPM = agile development?, by Scott Glen
    Learn some of the subtle differences in the approaches used to deliver IBM BPM processes and agile applications. This tutorial draws on experiences gained from more than a decade of IBM BPM customer engagements from across Europe, the Middle East and Africa.
  • Best practices when using IBM Integration Designer and IBM Process Designer together, by Grant D. Taylor and Izzet Safer
    Explore some fundamental best practices when you use IBM Integration Designer, IBM Process Designer, and IBM Process Center together to create applications.
  • Simplify how you manage complex input data with a custom IBM BPM data handler, by Flavio Pinzauti and Luisa Mosca
    IBM BPM Advanced includes a data handler that can manage a fixed-width data format, if the incoming bytes stream refers to a flat object. The size of every field can be specified, with other properties like the pad character or the alignment behavior. However, if you want a fixed-width data format that contains nested child objects with multiple cardinalities, you need to create a custom data handler. Learn how to implement a custom data handler and bind it to various export formats.
  • Customize the style of IBM BPM coaches: A pattern and a hierarchical approach, by James Carr and Dean Cleaver
    This article describes a pattern for customizing coaches in IBM BPM Version 8 and later using Bootstrap and CSS files. This pattern illustrates good practices for modifying the Process Portal user interface for your process participants in a way that prioritizes maintainability and ease of deployment in an enterprise environment, while still providing responsive behavior and creative flexibility to create modern styles and easily branded designs.
  • Access IBM BPM from anywhere: phone, tablet or desktop series, by John Alcorn and Thalia Hooker
    Your process participants can use the Process Portal in IBM BPM V8.5.7 and later releases to work on process tasks, access dashboards, and update user profiles with selfies taken from mobile devices. In Part 1, you learn how process participants can create, use, and share saved searches and how they can filter, sort, and build custom task lists. In Part 2, you learn how to style user interfaces at the level of a coach and how to create themes for a process application UI.

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