New Oracle suite links business process analysis, SOA

Business and IT collaboration pushed as main benefit

Oracle has announced an enhanced version of its business process analysis software that improves collaboration between process modellers and implementers.

Oracle Business Process Analysis Suite features “closed loop support” for business analyst and IT collaboration, sharing a common process model format with the Oracle SOA Suite.

The new suite features round-trip engineering, says Amlan Debnath, vice president of server technologies at Oracle. “What it lets you do is share the [business process] model with IT,” Debnath says.

A developer, for example, could make a change to a business process that would be shared with others.

Modelling of processes is done in the business process analysis package and then executed in the SOA Suite, which features an SOA execution engine that leverages BPEL (Business Process Execution Language).

Business users can build and change business models in the business process suite while IT staff can view and modify these processes in the SOA package.

Integration between Oracle Business Process Analysis Suite and Oracle SOA Suite includes linking of business process analysis, execution and monitoring tools.

Oracle’s business process suite is the company’s version of the IDS Scheer Aria product, says analyst Bruce Silver, who runs BPMS Watch, a blog about business process management software. Oracle addresses the round-tripping problem in which business persons model a process and hand it off to IT, which then implements its own idea of what it believes the process should be, Silver says.

Oracle has created an intermediate format based on shared metadata between the modelling tool and the implementation tool, which is the SOA suite, Silver says.

“You solve this round-tripping problem now because the model is not just initial requirements for the implementation, but it’s a continuous business view of the business process throughout the business process [implementation] lifecycle,” says Silver.

Oracle Business Process Suite is a component of the Oracle Fusion Middleware Platform.

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