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Middleware can Analyze, Model Cross-Functional Business Processes

Oracle has announced the immediate availability of Oracle Business Process Analysis Suite that provides business users the ability to model, publish, simulate and optimize end-to-end business processes that span the enterprise to increase operational efficiencies and improve business productivity. Oracle Business Process Analysis Suite, a component of Oracle Fusion Middleware, makes it possible for business or IT managers to model and automate multi-step processes and simulate and identify organizational, structural and technical problems in workflows before they occur -- enabling better control over an organization's business processes.

The Oracle Business Process Analysis Suite together with Oracle SOA Suite provides the most comprehensive, standards-based business process management (BPM) software to manage the entire BPM lifecycle from modeling and simulation to execution, monitoring and optimization. The new suite helps improve collaboration between business users and IT departments to help them understand, document and modify business processes to meet dynamic business needs and compliance requirements more rapidly. Organizations can use the complete portfolio or individual components of Oracle's BPM offerings in heterogeneous IT environments to respond to changing business conditions quickly.

"Effective business process management strategies are critical to the success of organizations of all sizes and can be used to create a competitive advantage," said Amlan Debnath, vice president, Server Technologies, Oracle. "By adding Oracle Business Process Analysis Suite to our comprehensive BPM offering, Oracle is empowering business users to narrow the 'strategy-to- execution gap' within their organizations."

Built on an open, standards-based, hot-pluggable architecture, Oracle Business Process Analysis Suite can be used to model business processes that can be deployed with Oracle and non-Oracle J2EE application servers and packaged applications, such as SAP. The Suite is also uniquely optimized to support Oracle Applications including Oracle E-Business Suite, Oracle's PeopleSoft Enterprise and Oracle's Siebel applications. Oracle Business Process Analysis Suite consists of the following four components:

  • Business Process Architect -- A standards-based tool for process modeling that supports standards-based notations and templates including Business Process Modeling Notation.
  • Business Process Repository Server -- A server component for sharing the process repository across multiple users in a collaborative environment.
  • Business Process Simulator -- A tool for simulating the process models based on a set of discrete events to do "what if" analysis.
  • Business Process Publisher -- Publishes process models to a large audience outside of the core team designing the process models.
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