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Business Process Management with JBoss jBPM

By : Matt Cumberlidge, Tom Baeyens
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Business Process Management with JBoss jBPM

By: Matt Cumberlidge, Tom Baeyens

Overview of this book

JBoss jBPM is a free, open-source, business process management solution. It enables users to create business processes that coordinate people, applications, and services. A business process is a sequence of activities triggered by a certain input that results in a valuable output. Business Process Management is about analyzing those activities in a structured way and eventually supporting their execution with a workflow application. This allows for the following results: Better management visibility of their business: improved decision making Low cost of inputs: de-skilled labor requirements, less waste, standardized components Better outputs: consistent quality, more customer satisfaction Businesses have always tried to manage their processes, but software such as jBPM brings the methodology and management theory to practical life. JBoss jBPM offers the following key features: Graphical process definition Flexibility to integrate code into the graphical process definition A customizable web-based workflow application that runs the process you’ve defined Easy programming model to extend the graphical process definition A process-oriented programming model (jPDL) that blends the best of process definition languages and Java. Easy to integrate with other systems through the JBoss middleware suite.
Table of Contents (13 chapters)

Chapter 1. Introduction

Business Process Management is one of the hottest topics in the fast-moving world of business analysis and enterprise application development. Yet, it is curiously difficult to pin down as a defined field of work. You don't see job listings for "Process Developer" and there are few, if any, official courses that you can take in Business Process Management.

The answer to this conundrum lies in the almost accidental way in which BPM has come about, and in the speed with which the technology marketing machine swings into action these days: usually before the technology is properly understood. Business Process Management is at the start of the "hype curve" and it will be some time before its key concepts become common currency among enterprise managers.

We will try to cut through this hype and the resultant barriers to adoption by presenting a practical step-by-step approach to the successful implementation of business process management. We won't spend a great deal of time on theory in this book; instead we will concentrate on building something of value to your business. Having said that, we won't simply throw together any old business process management system, we will advocate a project lifecycle approach, so that we implement business process management in the right way.

So what is Business Process Management anyway? Well, hopefully you are coming to this book with some idea of the answer to that question. However, Business Process Management, or BPM as we shall call it henceforth, means different things to different people. Each person's definition probably has some element that falls in the intersection of a Venn diagram of definitions, at the centre of which is the truth. One of the first things we have to do is to define what BPM means for us, so that we may set expectations about what will be achieved by reading and implementing the suggestions in this book.

This introductory chapter will lay the ground work for the rest of the book. In it, we shall cover:

  • The business process management approach to developing software

  • What a business process is and why you want to manage it

  • Typical business scenarios ripe for BPM

  • How this book will work:

    • The solution we'll build

    • Our suggested project lifecycle

    • Our example business scenario

    • Our example BPM suite