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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)

Set up for the proof of concept

It is important to get our proof of concept off on the right foot: a little bit of effort at the start will pay huge dividends further down the line. The most important thing we have to do is make it clear to everyone involved exactly what we are setting out to achieve.

Set up the team

Who do we want involved in our proof of concept? Well, everybody: or at least, a representative of each stakeholder group involved in the process. If we don't have full representation, then we might miss something and jeopardize the validity of the test. More crucially, those missing stakeholders would be well within their rights to withhold the sign-off and prevent us from progressing.

Full representation doesn't just mean a name on a sheet of paper, it means full participation in every aspect of the proof-of-concept program. The people who are seconded to the proof of concept must have the scope from their managers to step back from their day job, so that they can give us their...