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Dynamic adaptation of Coach Views in IBM BPM v8.0

In a previous blog, we have shown  how to create a basic coach view. Since then, I have been doing some more experimenting to achieve dynamic adjustment of view components. It’s hard to admit, but I have spent quite some time, figuring out how to dynamically hide, show or disable a certain view component (e.g. text box), based on a value of a defined configuration option. In my defense, current IBM documentation didn’t offer as much help as it should. (more…)

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Coach Views in IBM BPM v8.0

Coach Views are new feature in version 8.0 and enable reuse of custom, user-defined coach controls, sections and templates. In practice, this means that we can build one control for a certain business object and use it on multiple user interfaces in multiple human tasks. Because business processes are usually all about modifying a business object through a series of steps, performed by various participants, this is an extremely useful option which saves us a lot of redundant work.

In this blog we will take a look at how to build them and how to use them within coaches.

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At a recent Impact event, IBM announced a next step towards highly integrated, easily scalable business process management environment, IBM Business Process Manager V8.0.

IBM BPM 8 includes tooling and runtime for process design, execution, monitoring and optimization and is focused on continuous and simplified process improvement, adopted for process owners and business users.

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Lately, when I have been trying to install a new version (7.5.1.0) of IBM BPM environment, I have encountered an unexpected problem. I have installed Integration Designer along with Process Server and BPM Process Center (PC) on the same virtual machine. After installation, I have first created a Process Server Profile and after and then a PC profile.
Creation of both profiles went smoothly and both profiles started normally. Then, I opened Process Center Console on the second profile and downloaded Process Designer (PD) installation files. I installed PD and tried to open it. And there was a surprise. Although I have just downloaded files from process center, which was therefore obviously running, PD has displayed the following error: “Attempt to connect to the Process Center failed. Verify that the server is running.”. (more…)

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In the first post of this series we have described capabilities of IBM’s BPM platform and today we will take a closer look at Process Designer component, capable of designing and executing BPMN business processes. IBM Process Designer (PD) is a heritage of WebSphere Lombardi Edition and according to IBM enables you to model and implement your business processes and easily demonstrate process design and functionality during development efforts. In this post I will show you how to create and execute a simple process using PD.

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In October IBM has announced release of IBM Business Process Manager V7.5.1 which became available today (electronic distribution, for media package you will need to wait until next month). This is the first minor release after IBM released unified BPM platform that we have introduced earlier this year.

In this release of BPM the major step forward is the enhanced BPMN 2.0 support where IBM was stepping behind its rival Oracle. (more…)

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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. (more…)

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High Performance Extensible Logging

HPEL or High Performance Extensible Logging is a new feature of IBM WebSphere Application Server version 8.0. It provides efficient logging and tracing utilities for storing and accessing log, trace, system.err and system.out data. It is an alternative to java.util.logging logger that was used as a logging utility on WAS.

HPEL stores and processes log and trace records in a binary form which is the main reason for its efficiency. As you can see in the figure below (source IBM Publib), primarily HPEL engine forwards streams into two repositories (log and trace). Text format is also supported but should be disabled when performance is a key concern.

HPEL

If we want to use HPEL we must firstly enable it and secondly configure it.

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Business Process as a Service

Business Process as a ServiceApart from already known IaaS, PaaS and SaaS lately there is a buzz going around about a new concept of cloud computing, called Business Process as a Service (BPaaS). The idea is to provide the entire vertical end-to-end business solutions for certain industries, as a Cloud service. While using SaaS you would have to rent a number of separate applications and orchestrate them into your business process, in case of BPaaS your cloud provider does this for you. (more…)

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Last week on July 6-8, 2011, three members of our team have attended Best Student Recognition Event, held in IBM innovation center in La Gaude, France. Along with more than seventy students from all over Europe, Middle East and Africa, we were given a unique opportunity to hear from IBM executives and experts on IBM Smarter Planet strategy, their innovative solutions and technologies.

IBM BSRE 2011 all participants

IBM BSRE 2011 all participants

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