IBM Business Process Manager concepts and terminology
You can become more familiar with Business Process Manager (BPM) concepts to clarify how it interacts with IBM® Integration Bus.
- What is Process Designer?
- IBM Process Designer is a graphical user interface tool. You can use it to quickly model and implement your business processes. You then test and demonstrate the process design during the development phase. For more information about Process Designer, look for getting started with Process Designer in the BPM information center.
- What is a Process Center?
- You use the tools and repository of a Process Center to model the processes, services, and other assets in a business process by using IBM Process Designer. For more information about Process Center, look for process designer and process center tasks in the BPM product documentation.
- What are business process definitions?
- A business process definition is a model, you create in Process Designer, of a business process. For more information, look for business process definitions (BPDs) in the BPM product documentation.
- What are business objects?
- A business object is a set of fields or elements that you use together to represent a meaningful business process. You define business objects as variables to pass information through a business process. Each business object can be a primitive data type (such as, a string or an integer) or it can itself be a business object. For more information, look for business objects in the BPM product documentation.
- What are system tasks and Integration Services?
- System tasks are activities in a business process definition that are completed by an automated system. For more information, look for understanding task types in the BPM product documentation. An Integration Service is a particular type of system task that you use to access the web and other services. For more information, look for understanding service types in the BPM product documentation.
- What are toolkits?
- A BPM toolkit is a library of process designer artifacts; such as business objects, Integration Services, or business process definitions. A toolkit can be used for sharing between business process definitions. Toolkits are stored and managed with Process Center. For more information about toolkits, look for managing toolkits in the BPM information center.
- What are snapshots?
- You make versions by using snapshots. A snapshot records the state of library items (such as toolkits) at a specific time. For more information, look for creating snapshots in the process center console in the BPM product documentation.
- What is a BPM export
- You import an export
.twxfile to transport BPM artifacts between Process Centers or to integrate with IBM Integration Bus. The format for the export
.twxfile is proprietary. For more information, look for importing and exporting process applications from the process center console in the BPM information center.