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Coming soon to a BPM Near You

Presentation by Dennis Parrott & Paul Pacholski of IBM

On Wednesday at IBM InterConnect, Paul Pacholski and Dennis Parrott from IBM, spoke to us about some of the features and functionality that will be part of Business Process Manager v8.5.6 & Business Monitor being released on March 13, 2015.

Increasingly towards a unified desktop and mobile experience, BPM 8.5.6 will further lessen the gap between the two and create a single point development for this shared experience.  We will see the IBM MobileFirst Platform Foundation 6.3 (formerly known as IBM Worklight) bundled with BPM – providing an open and comprehensive platform to not only build, but test, run and manage native, hybrid and mobile web apps.

They have improved enterprise quality of service by introducing new migration facilities (including migration of individual process applications), platform management and a variety of architectural and usability improvements. New case management enhancements will include better support for BPM/ECM integrations and the ability to link cases and process instances. We will see a Federated Portal infrastructure that supports migration and isolation scenarios and allows our customers to massively scale their BPM environments.  In this version of BPM, we’ll also see improved snapshot deployment failure diagnostics, where instead of having to sift through piles of logs – connected server deployments can make use of new deployment error messages which will also provide recovery information giving us better insight into how to correct these problems.  Disconnected deployments will not be left in the dark, now you can now make use of a new API to collect similar messages in the event of failure.  Another added feature we will see is the ability to create alert definitions in the Process Admin Console that fire when the number of process instances or tasks go beyond the specified thresholds.  Furthering our control over the environment, you’ll now have the ability to pause live instances, allowing for the suspension and resumption of instances in bulk.

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New platform support has been added, including IBM POWER8 hardware broadening the options your organization has to choose from.  Additional capabilities have been added to allow customers to integrate Mobile UI with their business processes bringing mobile market presence to your clients with ease.

Build apps for any mobile operating environment and device with your preferred development approach – native, hybrid or mobile web

Connect and synchronize mobile apps with enterprise data, application and cloud service, including BlueMix™

Safeguard mobile security at the device, application, data and network layer

Manage your mobile app portfolio from a single central interface with detailed operational analytics

On the short list, the summary of key new features to be provided in BPM 8.5.6 include:

  • Mobile
    • Responsive Coach Views
    • Responsive BPM Process Portal
    • Process Federation Server
    • IBM MobileFirst Integration
  • Enterprise Quality of Service
    • Improved Operations
    • Manage Platform Stability
    • Migration Simplification
  • Case
  • Smarter Process for SAP
    • SAP Transaction Coach View to Modify SAP Screen
    • SAP Inbound Event Pattern
  • Platform Certifications
  • Business Monitor

Business Process Manage & Monitor v8.5.6 will be available on March 13, 2015.

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Dean Taylor, Technical Architect

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