Eggs. Flour. Milk. Butter. Starting with these ingredients, a ten-year-old child can make pancakes for one. An experienced pastry chef can make souffles for a room full of people. The key difference between these two scenarios is the intended purpose of the cooking -- letting mom and dad sleep in on Saturday, or keeping a high-end restaurant running by impressing customers, critics, and the restaurant owner.
Installing and configuring IBM Business Process Manager is a little like that. Maybe you're creating a sand-box, proof-of-concept environment, to prove to yourself, your clients, or your manager that IBM BPM can help solve business problems. Or maybe you're installing IBM Business Process Manager for the fourth time, migrating your biggest client's thousands of business processes, hundreds of production and test servers, and dozens of process developers to the latest version, all while keeping downtime to an absolute minimum and making sure their customers notice nothing but improved service.
Like having eggs, flour, milk, and butter in your kitchen, the installation, configuration, and migration tools for IBM Business Process Manager V8.5 are designed to support both scenarios, and hundreds of variations in between. It's critical that you find and use the right recipe to achieve your goals.
The IBM Business Process Manager V8.5 Information Center now comes with two key "recipe" tools: The Interactive Migration Guide (new in V8.5) and the Interactive Installation and Configuration Guide (introduced in IBM Business Process Manager V8.0). These guides allow system administrators to specify what their needs are -- making pancakes for one or souffles for hundreds -- and then pull together the right recipe.
In certain situations, migrating from a previous IBM Business Process Manager product can be a challenging task, like preparing souffles in a busy restaurant. The Interactive Migration Guide can help you be more efficient finding information about the migration steps. The guide lets you select ingredients such as which product you're migrating from, whether you're moving just the process design artifacts or also the data for running process applications, and whether your migration includes moving to new hardware. The guide will disable options that don't apply to you based on your previous selections. If you need more information about an option, the Help Me Decide links lead to additional information.
When you click Generate your instructions, the guide generates the right recipe for you: the migration steps in the right order, including all the information you do need (in this example, when and how to move data to the new computer), and not the information you don't need (in this example, information for Solaris). The topics in the generated guide are pulled directly from the information center and presented as one long document that you can share and print.
Alternatively, suppose you are installing a simple single-machine proof-of-concept IBM Business Process Manager environment so that a team can start experimenting with business process definition and management. Go to the Interactive Installation and Configuration Guide and indicate which ingredients you have (product edition, operating system, database product):
Again, the generated guide contains your personalized recipe, and you don't have to sift through information for people with other ingredients, such as (in this example) command line installation or SQL Server databases.
It's important to note that all of the information used in the generated guides exists in the information center as separate topics that you can browse by using the navigation tree, or find by using the search feature. Browsing and searching can be useful to you if you are looking for a particular piece of information. But if you're looking for an end-to-end flow for installing or migrating to IBM Business Process Manager V8.5, try using the interactive guides.
We are interested in your feedback about the interactive guides. If you find defects or have suggestions for how they could be improved to meet your needs, please use the Feedback link at the bottom of the guide pages.