The IBM Business Process Manager V8.5 information center was published on the same day that IBM Business Process Manager V8.5 became generally available. Here's a quick tour of where to find out about what has changed since the previous release.
Start at pic.dhe.ibm.com/infocenter/dmndhelp/v8r5m0/, which is the main page for the information center. Bookmark this page for future reference for IBM Business Process Manager V8.5. If you have bookmarks from previous information centers, those links won't show the new V8.5 content.
The IBM Business Process Manager V8.5 information center includes documentation for the following IBM Business Process Manager V8.5 components:
- IBM Integration Designer
- IBM Process Designer
- IBM Process Center
- IBM Process Server
- IBM Process Portal
In addition, the information center includes documentation for IBM Business Monitor, V8.0.1.
The release summary, the what's new topic, and the deprecation topic are useful resources for understanding the scope of the IBM Business Process Manager V8.5 release, including all the previously mentioned IBM Business Process Manager components.
You can get to the release summary and the what's new topic from the main welcome page when you first open the information center. Both links are listed on the Introduction tab that is open by default, under the Getting started section.
You also can find those same topics by expanding the IBM Business Process Manager, V8.5, All platforms entry in the Contents navigation pane. The release summary and the what's new topic are the first two topics listed after you expand. The deprecated and removed features topic is linked to from both the release summary and the what's new topic, and it appears in the Contents navigation pane under Installing and configuring IBM Business Process Manager > Migrating to IBM Business Process Manager V8.5.
And of course, you can find any of these topics by typing in the Search box above the contents navigation.
Go to the release summary for a one-stop shop that points to V8.5 resources including what's new, deprecated features, system requirements, release notes, the BPM community wiki, and the sample exchange. A service releases tab lists service releases as they become available.
Direct link: Release summary
What's new in IBM Business Process Manager
Go to the what's new topic for a list of new features for the components that are part of IBM Business Process Manager, including:
- Process Designer
- Process Center
- Process Server
- IBM Integration Designer
- Process Portal
The tab with the most new features is listed first. There is also a tab describing new mobile capabilities and a tab describing new installation and configuration capabilities.
This topic focuses on only what's new. So, if you're looking for what's deprecated or replaced, you should go to the deprecation topic (more on that next).
Direct link: What's new in IBM Business Process Manager
Note: The information center also includes a special what's new topic that is part of the set of documentation that is written specifically to guide your end users who are using Process Portal (Process Portal: What’s new in IBM Business Process Manager). The topic is linked to from What's new in IBM Business Process Manager, and it is under the Participating in processes section of the navigation in the Contents navigation pane. The same documentation is also available directly from the Process Portal toolbar. Tell your team that this chunk of documentation is separated out for the business end users so that they don't need to wade through all the development, configuration, and administration documentation to get to what they need to know to get their work done.
Deprecated and removed features of IBM Business Process Manager
Go to the deprecated and removed features topic for a list of capabilities from previous releases that have been replaced by new capabilities in IBM Business Process Manager V8.5. Some capabilities can still be used, but they are deprecated and will be removed from future releases. Review this topic to see what capabilities your team can consider transitioning away from while you are using V8.5. That way, you'll be a step ahead: already using the replacement capabilities when the old ones are removed in future releases.