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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 7. Ongoing process improvement

As the sun sets on our glorious BPM project, it is time to look back in wonder at the highs and lows that got us this far. Is our sponsor happy? Have our users adopted the system? How much has the application saved our business? The answers to these questions may not always be positive, but they must be posed if we are to learn for next time. And just as we reach what we believe to be the summit of this particular project mountain, we find that this is in fact, only the first in a series of peaks, leading to a much higher pinnacle. In fact, the work has only just begun. The real improvements are still to come from ongoing process improvement efforts based on the high quality process metrics data we are now collecting. JBoss jBPM is such a rich product that it would be churlish to stop at what we have got now: there are many opportunities for further development that remain to be explored.

In this final chapter we will:

  • Assess our project

  • Perform process...