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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)

Project assessment

No project runs smoothly from start to finish: if it did, there would be no need for talented people like us to fix the problems. Along the way, we have probably pulled some clever stunts to make sure we got the right result. Now that the project is over, the really clever thing to do is look back and make sure we don't find ourselves facing the same issues next time.

We shouldn't concentrate on the mistakes and ignore our successes, however. With our business process management system in place, our sponsor happy, and our users over the moon with their shiny new tool, it's time to back up this feel-good moment with some hard numbers: how much money has our system saved the company?

Having completed our project review, it is time to retire the project team and move into business as usual mode.

Project post mortem

The atmosphere in a project post mortem often lives up to its name. It can be a painful exercise in blame and counter-blame. Sometimes, this is unavoidable: if...