Essential Business Process Modeling

Essential Business Process Modeling

by Michael Havey
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Essential Business Process Modeling by Michael Havey

Ten years ago, groupware bundled with email and calendar applications helped track the flow of work from person to person within an organization. Workflow in today's enterprise means more monitoring and orchestrating massive systems. A new technology called Business Process Management, or BPM, helps software architects and developers design, code, run, administer, and monitor complex network-based business processes

BPM replaces those sketchy flowchart diagrams that business analysts draw on whiteboards with a precise model that uses standard graphical and XML representations, and an architecture that allows it converse with other services, systems, and users.

Sound complicated? It is. But it's downright frustrating when you have to search the Web for every little piece of information vital to the process. Essential Business Process Modeling gathers all the concepts, design, architecture, and standard specifications of BPM into one concise book, and offers hands-on examples that illustrate BPM's approach to process notation, execution, administration and monitoring.

Author Mike Havey demonstrates standard ways to code rigorous processes that are centerpieces of a service-oriented architecture (SOA), which defines how networks interact so that one can perform a service for the other. His book also shows how BPM complements enterprise application integration (EAI), a method for moving from older applications to new ones, and Enterprise Service BUS for integrating different web services, messaging, and XML technologies into a single network. BPM, he says, is to this collection of services what a conductor is to musicians in an orchestra: it coordinates their actions in the performance of a larger composition.

Essential Business Process Modeling teaches you how to develop examples of process-oriented applications using free tools that can be run on an average PC or laptop. You'll also learn about BPM design patterns and best practices, as well as some underlying theory. The best way to monitor processes within an enterprise is with BPM, and the best way to navigate BPM is with this valuable book.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780596008437
Publisher: O'Reilly Media, Incorporated
Publication date: 08/25/2005
Pages: 354
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 9.19(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Michael Harvey is an architect of several major BPM applications and author of magazine articles on BPM and process-oriented applications. In addition to being interested in the foundational concepts of BPM, Michael has spent much of his career working for companies that sell BPM product solutions (BEA with Weblogic Integration and IBM with Websphere Business Integration).

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Are you a software architect or developer who intends to build solutions that feature or use business process modeling (BPM)? If you are, this book is for you. Author Michael Havey, has written an outstanding book that provides BPM concepts, standards, and substantial examples of the technology in action. Havey, begins examining what BPM is not and discusses its benefits. Next, the author develops a model BPM architecture, and discusses the main pieces of a good BPM application, the design of each piece, and which standards are adopted. Then, he provides a tour of the Pi Calculas, Petri nets, state machines, and UML activity diagrams, and why they matter. The author continues by including a detailed look at the 20 process patterns identified by some of the leading BPM theorists or better known as P4. In addition, he provided a detailed look at BPEL the BPMI specifications the WfMC web services choreography and, the OMG's model-driven approach, BPSS, XLANG, and WSFL. The author also provides a detailed look at BPEL, the leading BPM standard. Then, the author examines BPMI and its two standards: BPML and BPMN. Next, he presents an overview of the main offerings of the WfMC: the reference model, WAPI, WfXML, and XPDL. Next, the author examines the W3C's work in choreography. Then, he discusses four process languages that are too important not to mention. The author continues by illustrating a fully functional working example of a BPEL insurance claim processing application based on the Oracle BPEL Process Manager product, including how to incorporate human workflow into an otherwise automated process. Finally, the author develops another working example, a central message broker application that manages system communications for a company's employee benefits. This excellent book assumes the reader is comfortable with or has had some exposure to web services and XML, including XML Schema Definition (XSD) and Xpath. Along the way, this book introduces design patterns and best practices specific to BPM, as well as some underlying theory.