Why You Should Create BPM Suite Business Object Using element (and not complexType)

In this article I describe why you always should base your business object based upon an element, instead of a complexType.

With the Oracle BPM Suite your process data consists of project or process variables. Whenever the variable is based on a component, that component is either defined by some external composite (like a service), or is defined by the BPM composite itself, in which case it will be a Business Object. That Business (more...)

Did You Know that You Can Buy OUM?

The Oracle Unified Method (OUM) Customer Program has been changed in that, next to the already existing option to get it by involving Oracle Consulting, you now also can buy it if (for some reason) you don't want to involve Consulting.

Next to that there also is the option to purchase a subscription (initial for 3 years, after which it can be renewed annually) allowing to download updates for OUM.

OUM aims at supporting the (more...)

Work-around Instance Migration Limits of BPM Suite 11g

The following describes a work-around for 2 situations for which instance patching and migration is not supported, being changing the level of an activity, and removal of an embedded sub-process. In short this work-around consists of re-implementation of the activities to move, and emptying the reusable sub-process.

There are a couple of restrictions for the Oracle BPM Suite that can make that process instances cannot be patched (deployment using same revision number) or migrated (deployment (more...)

Browsing the Meta Data Services Repository of the Oracle SOA/BPM Suite 11g

In this article I explain a handy way to browse the MDS on the SOA/BPM server from JDeveloper, as well as an (as far as I know) undocumented feature to look up artifacts using a browser.

The Meta Data Services (or MDS for short) of Oracle's SOA/BPM Suite is used (more...)

How to Make File-Based MDS in JDeveloper Work for both Windows and Linux

In this article I explain how you  can modify the JDeveloper adf-config.xml file to make it work for both Windows, as well as Linux.

If in a JDeveloper application you point to artifacts in a file based MDS residing in a Windows folder for example "d:\projects\MDS", then JDeveloper will (more...)

Customizing (or rather Hacking) Oracle BPM 11g Business Exceptions

One of the fun things of giving a training like the Advanced BPM Suite 11g course that I'm running now, is that students ask questions to which you don't know the answer. But hey, you are the teacher, and that won't do, so off you go!

One question asked yesterday (more...)

Why you may consider NOT using the Terminate End Event in Oracle BPM Suite

According to the BPMN specification, the Terminate End Event is supposed to terminate a process instance at the level at which it is raised, including any ongoing activity for sub-processes. But is should not terminate any higher level (parent) process.

With OBPM 11g it works differently (at least up to (more...)

Exceptions, Business as Usual?

In this article I describe some aspects considering using BPMN exceptions to handle business exceptions. The conclusion is that you should carefully consider if doing so is appropriate, or that using a combination of a gateway and End event would be a better option.

Bruce Silver writes in his book (more...)

OUM approved by Open Group as an Architectural Method

A bit late perhaps to write about it, but as of the middle of July the Oracle Unified Method (OUM) has been approved by the Open Group (responsible for TOGAF) as an accepted architectural method!

I case you did not already do so, you might be interested to know that (more...)

Handling Service Calls from Oracle BPM

If you have never experienced during process design with BPMN that the final process model became twice, if not three times more complex than you thought it would be, than you haven't been doing process design for real. You might for example have experienced how, what initially looked like a (more...)

BPM: how to time out synchronous calls to external services?

In the Oracle SOA Suite for calls to synchronous services the maximum time a composite should wait for a service to respond, can be set using the SyncMaxWaitTime (which has a default of 45 seconds). For services deployed on the same engine, this also works for the BPM Suite.

However, (more...)

BPMN Naming Conventions

So far I have not found many references discussing BPMN naming conventions, and there is no official one. So I thought I share a few of mine that I developed over the years. Hope you can make use of it.

Most of them are captured in the following picture.

Unfortunately (more...)

When to Use Custom XPath Functions in the SOA Suite

If you want to know how to create custom XPath functions, then have a look for example at Anthony Reynold's Blog entry on the topic. I have little to add to that excellent posting except for how to add parameters, which is done using the <param> tag as in the (more...)

OBPM 11g Multi-Langual Process Models

Sometimes simple things are simple!

Take for example creating process models that you can show in 2 different languages. With OBPM this is so simple, that I at first I could not find it because I was looking in the wrong place.

That is: simple if you realize that you (more...)

OBPM 11g And Human Workflow Services

In this posting I describe a case in which I demonstrate the working of the Human Workflow Services of the Oracle BPM Suite 11g. Or rather the SOA Suite 11g, as it is used for human workflow in BPEL as well.

But before I do so, a brief explanation of (more...)

Tips for Installing Oracle BPM Suite 11g FP4

Edited on October 20, 2011 regarding the location of OPatch (due to progressive insight, and some comments).

When installing Oracle BPM Suite 11g FP4 I ran into a couple of things, of which I thought I better write that down for some next time. If you are a SOA Suite (more...)

Oracle BPM FP4 Is Out!

Finally, it's there, the long awaited Feature Pack 4 for the Oracle Business Process Modeling Suite.

Instructions for Customers to get this are as follows:

  1. This is available as a patch under the following bug id: Patch 12413651: SOA PS4 BPM FEATURES PACK

  2. The patch is password protected and is (more...)

OBPM 11g: Showing More Detailed Log Info

One of those too stupid to be discussed items is how you can make the SOA Suite show detailed information about the payload for activities like a script activities, or what is going on inside a business rule. After all, every SOA/BPM developer is assumed to know how to set (more...)

Oracle SOA/BPM – Searching and Reporting Using Process Payload

For searching business process instances using specific attributes from the payload, the regular way to do so when using the Oracle SOA Suite is by using mapped attributes (formerly known as flex fields).

Using mapped attributes is pretty straight-forward. You configure them in the Administration tab of the Workspace, and (more...)

Using JAXB for Manipulating Payload of Human Tasks in SOA Suite

In some cases you may want to manipulate the payload of a human task of an OPBM or BPEL process instance using JAXB. An example would be when you are using some other framework than ADF Faces for creating the UI, and you want to work with Java objects instead (more...)