Using IBM Business Process Management 7.5 platform – introduction

In this series of blogs, we will present you a demonstration of capabilities of IBM’s latest platform for business management, introduced earlier this year, that includes tools such as Process Designer, Process Center and Integration Developer. In this first post, we will get to know the entire platform and see how mentioned tools are meant to work together.

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IBM BPM 7.5 platform

Heart of the new IBM’s BPM platform is the Process Center. When you install IBM BPM Advanced 7.5, amongst other things you get a Process Center with Process Center Server profile. Process Center is a central repository for all artifacts (data objects, interfaces, etc.), created and used during business process design. It enables us to use and modify these artifacts in Process and also Integration Designer. To work with Process Center, we use a Process Center Console, where we can easily create and manage process apps – containers for business processes and their artifacts. We can select a process app and edit it in the Process Designer. We can also create and manage snapshots – current states of the process apps at a certain point of time that can be deployed to desired runtime environment.

Once we open a process app in Process Designer, we can start to build business process flow. Process Designer is a heritage of WebSphere Lombardi Edition and is based on BPMN notation. It offers direct execution of created processes for testing purposes during development. Common building blocks include activities, gateways, sub processes and events. Activities can be implemented as automated system services, decision services, existing web services, advanced integrated services or human services. Process designer offers an extensive support for quick design of human services (coaches) and their graphical user interfaces.  Besides the flow itself, we can also model business objects that transfer data between activities. Once the process flow is complete, we can quickly execute and verify it, or we can also create a snapshot for deployment to one of the runtime environments.

Activities, marked as advanced integration services in Process Designer, can be developed using Integration Designer. Integration Designer is a heritage of WebSphere Integration Developer and offers advanced tools for designing and implementing web services, BPEL processes and integration with legacy information systems. It can also connect to the Process Center server to easily exchange artifacts and deploy business process applications.

Above is a short summary of the new IBM BPM 7.5 platform. To easily install the required software, follow this procedure from the Web Age Dev Zone:

  • Install IID without any test environment.
  • Install IBM Process Manager and choose to create a Process Center profile at the time of installation. This is the quickest way to create a fully functional server runtime.
  • From IID, create a server of type IBM Process Server v7.5. Point to the directory where IBM Process Manager was installed (C:\IBM\BPM\v7.5 by default).

In the following posts we will provide a series of examples that will demonstrate the abovementioned capabilities, stay tuned!

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