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Oracle Business Process Management (BPM)

Oracle Business Process Management (BPM)is a complete set of tools for creating, executing, and optimizing business processes. The product enables unparalleled collaboration between business and IT managers. As a result, business processes are automated and optimized to improve efficiency and agility while costs are lowered. Actually Oracle Business Process Management leverages the existing IT investment and is specially tuned for line-of-business users. Using Oracle Business Process Management, you can improve the productivity and the visibility and provide your organization with the agility to respond to market needs like never before.

The Business Process Management Challenge

Processes drive the business. If you execute a sales order, escalate a hiring decision, decide which records to keep or determines how to price a product, you are acting, within implicit or explicit business processes. Portions of these processes take place inside the IT systems; for example, a logistics application might be coordinate the transportation of goods from Singapore to Los Angeles. But systems only go so far. People are the informal component of the business process, such as paying customs duties on that shipment. These informal, processes can often be very expensive: As employees change jobs, they take their knowledge and experience of the process with them. Formalizing processes—defining steps, exception handling, and escalation paths, and coordinating the systems needed to accomplish a specific task—greatly improves productivity, compliance, and quality of service. However, efforts to formalize and automate the informal business processes can be challenging, as processes span divisions and IT systems. Adding to the challenge, business users are often disconnected from IT developers. Oracle Business Process Management has a unique way of solving all these issues.

Oracle Business Process Management Overview

The five components that described Oracle Business Process Management and support the complete business process lifecycle.

Oracle Business Process Management Studio

Oracle Business Process Management (BPM) studio enables unparalleled collaboration between the business and IT. It is both a design tool built for the business analyst and an Eclipse-based integrated development environment optimized for the developers. Business analysts can design and simulate any type of the process simply by dragging and dropping the process elements based on the (BPMN) Business Process Modeling Notation standard onto role-based swim lanes. The single integrated process model then allows developers to make the process executable without requiring a translation between the modeling and the execution languages. The studio functionality also empowers developers to write the business logic, connect to existing applications, and assemble user interfaces using standards such as Enterprise JavaBeans, .NET, Microsoft, Java, Microsoft, Java Naming and Directory Interface, Web Services Descriptions Languages, XML, Common Object Request Broker Architecture, Common Object Model, and SQL.

Oracle Business Process Management User Interaction

Oracle Business Process Management user interaction provides all the interfaces required for users and process owners to act on deployed processes.

Oracle Business Process Management Workspace

Oracle Business Process Management workspace is an out-of-the-box and configurable Web-based interface allowing users to access and manipulate tasks according to their role and responsibility. Process activities that require human interaction are automatically surfaced into customizable Java Server Faces (JSF), consumable by virtually any portal, including Oracle Web Center Suite. The Microsoft Office add-on is critical for end-users who want to interact with processes using any Office product, including Outlook, Word, or Excel.

Oracle Business Process Management Dashboards

Oracle Business Process Management (BPM) dashboards provide the near-real-time and the historical process data tailored for each role. Managers get the actionable intelligence they need to make critical, timely decisions, and business analysts are able to define key performance indicators (KPIs) as they model processes.

Oracle Business Process Management Server

Oracle Business Process Management server orchestrates all processes and their resources to manage sequences, enforce rules, and audit each step, thus ensuring flawless execution, escalation, and exception management. Built for performance and scale, the engine supports processes written in XML Process Definition Language (XPDL), an industry-standard for process definition and execution. In addition, the server’s architecture allows IT administrators to create flexible topologies for load-balancing and fault-tolerant scenarios.

Unique Differentiators

Oracle Business Process Management has a proven approach for enabling the business users and the  IT to collaborate and bring to market process improvements and innovations. With an eye toward the business users, Oracle Business Process Management provides novel ways for users to interact with and monitor their processes through the Web applications, portals, Office integration, and business dashboards. With Oracle Business Process Management, you can provide the ultimate environment for user productivity and decision-making activity.

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