Graphical Process Modeler

To help you create business process models, Sterling B2B Integrator includes the Graphical Process Modeler (GPM).

The GPM is a Web-deployed graphical interface tool you use in conjunction with Sterling B2B Integrator to create and modify business processes. The GPM converts your graphical business process models into source code, saving you the effort of writing code.

In the GPM interface you construct your business process models, coordinating the flow of activities in a graphical depiction of the ordered steps. The GPM provides icons representing the services, adapters and Business Process Modeling Language (BPML) instructions that make up your process models. In addition, you configure related parameters through the GPM and create rules and conditions within your process models.

You can validate the process models and check them in to Sterling B2B Integrator from within the GPM. To make it easier to work with your business process models in the GPM without having to access the Sterling B2B Integrator interface, the GPM includes its own Source Manager tool, enabling you to lock, check in and check out business process models, and to monitor versions of business process models using a date and time stamp, all from within the GPM.

The GPM recognizes BPML code written in a text editor. Therefore, in the GPM, you can open a .bpml file created in a text editor and view its graphical representation. The GPM enables you to toggle the display between BPML and graphic view.

Example Business Process Model in the GPM

The following figure shows an example of a simple business process model as it appears in the GPM:

The callouts in the figure indicate the types of components depicted by the icons.

High-level Installation Process

Installing the GPM is a multi-step process which should be completed in the order described. To get started using the GPM, you must:
  1. Install the GPM. See Graphical Process Modeler Installion.
  2. Start the GPM. See Start the GPM.
  3. (Optional) Set your preferences. You can specify settings for things such as language preference, when to validate BPML, and the location on your computer where you want the GPM to save your business process model files. See Set User Preferences.

After these steps are completed, you can begin creating business process models. For the step-by-step procedure, see Create Business Process Models.

For an introduction to the GPM interface, see User Interface.