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Oracle® Fusion Middleware Business Process Composer User's Guide for Oracle Business Process Management
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3 Introduction to Oracle Business Process Composer

This chapter provides an introduction to the Oracle Business Process Composer application.

This chapter includes the following sections:

3.1 Oracle Business Process Composer Overview

Oracle Business Process Composer is a web-based application that enables process analysts to create and customize business processes. These processes are contained within an Oracle BPM project. Business Process Composer enables process analysts to easily collaborate with process developers who use Oracle BPM Studio to create process-based business applications.

See the following section for more information on the use cases for Business Process Composer.

3.1.1 Oracle Business Process Composer Use Cases

There are three typical use cases for Oracle Business Process Composer:

  • Create, edit and deploy projects based on project templates.

    Project templates are created in Oracle BPM Studio and are stored within the Oracle BPM Metadata Service partition. Using Business Process Composer, you can use these templates to create new or modify existing business processes.

    You can then re-publish them to the Oracle BPM Metadata Service partition or deploy them to the Oracle BPM run time.

    See Section 7.2, "Using BPM Project Templates" for information on using project templates in Business Process Composer. For information on creating project templates see the Oracle BPM Modeling and Implementation Guide

  • Create new projects.

    Business Process Composer enables you to create new BPM projects. These projects can be shared between Oracle BPM Studio and Business Process Composer.

    New projects created in Business Process Composer often do not contain any of the implementation details required for an Oracle BPM application. Process developers can use Oracle BPM Studio to add the required implementation.

    From Business Process Composer, you can save the project to the Oracle BPM repository where process developers can add the required technical implementation using Oracle BPM Studio. You can also import and export projects between Business Process Composer and Oracle BPM Studio.

  • Edit business rules for in-flight processes

    You can use Business Process Composer to edit Oracle Business Rules in a running application. Oracle Business Rules enable you to define business policies within your process using the business rules task. You can easily change these policies at run time without having to remodel your business process or redeploy your business application.

3.2 Overview of the Application Development Life Cycle

Oracle Business Process Composer is a collaboration tool that enables process analysts to easily interact with process developers. It provides a user-friendly interface for creating process-based business applications based on project templates. These templates are created using Oracle BPM Studio.

Business Process Composer also provides an environment for creating new BPM projects. These projects can easily be shared with process developers who are using Oracle BPM Studio to implement business processes as part of a business application.

The following sections describe typical scenarios by showing the interactions between different Oracle BPM components and the persona, including process analysts and process developers. However, the exact workflow you use depends on your business needs. There may be multiple iterations where process analysts and developers collaborate to create and refine a business process.

3.2.1 Workflow: Create Projects Based on Project Templates

Figure 3-1 shows a typical workflow for using Oracle BPM Studio at the beginning of the development cycle to create process templates. These templates are used to create new Oracle BPM projects. These projects can edited by process analysts using Business Process Composer.

Figure 3-1 Using BPM Studio to Create Project Templates

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Description of "Figure 3-1 Using BPM Studio to Create Project Templates"

The following steps describe each stage of this workflow:

  1. Create a project template using Oracle BPM Studio (process developer)

  2. Publish the project template to the Oracle BPM Metadata Service (MDS) partition (process developer)

  3. Create a project based on a project template using Business Process Composer. (process analyst)

  4. Edit the processes within the project based on the edit policies defined in the template (process analyst).

  5. Validate the project (process analyst).

  6. Deploy the project or return the project to the process developer.

    1. Deploy the project directly to Oracle BPM run time (process analyst, business administrator). This may require an approval workflow.

    2. Republish the project to the Oracle BPM MDS partition. (process analyst) Republishing the project enables you to share it with other process analysts or with process developers who are responsible for implementing your business processes within an overall application.

    3. Export the project as an SAR file (process analyst). This file can be deployed to Oracle BPM run time (process administrators).

3.2.2 Workflow: Creating New Projects

Figure 3-2 shows a typical workflow for using Business Process Composer to perform the initial process modeling stages of the application development life cycle. This workflow involves using Business Process Composer to new BPM projects which can be opened in Oracle BPM Studio where process developers complete the implementation.

Figure 3-2 Using Oracle Business Process Composer to Create New Projects

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Description of "Figure 3-2 Using Oracle Business Process Composer to Create New Projects"

The following steps describe each stage of this workflow:

  1. Create a new project using Business Process Composer (process analyst)

  2. Save the project to the Oracle BPM (MDS) repository (process analyst)

  3. Open the project in Oracle BPM Studio (process developer)

  4. Implement the project as part of a process-based business application. (process developer)

  5. Deploy the project to run time or create a project template.

    1. Deploy the process to run time (process developer, business administrator), or

    2. Save the application as a project template (process developer)

    3. Export the project as a SAR file (process analyst), which is then deployed to Oracle BPM run time (business administrator).

3.2.3 Workflow: Editing Business Rules at Run Time

Figure 3-3 shows the workflow for creating and deploying a process-based business application, then using Business Process Composer to edit the Business Rules at run time.

Figure 3-3 Using Oracle Business Process Composer to Edit Oracle Business Rules at Run Time

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Description of "Figure 3-3 Using Oracle Business Process Composer to Edit Oracle Business Rules at Run Time"

  1. Model your business processes and create a process-based business application using Oracle BPM Suite. This can include a combination of the workflows defined in the previous sections. (process analyst / process developer)

  2. Deploy the application to Oracle BPM run time. (process analyst / process developer)

  3. Edit business rules during run time using Business Process Composer (process analyst).

3.3 Signing On to Oracle Business Process Composer

Before signing on to Business Process Composer your business administrator must provide the following:

Note:

Oracle Application Server Single Sign-On is enabled by default in Oracle BPM Suite. OracleAS Single Sign-On enables you to use one sign on session to access multiple web-based applications. If OracleAS Single Sign-On is enabled and you have previously signed on to another application, the Business Process Composer sign on screen may not appear.

3.3.1 How to Sign On to Oracle Business Process Composer

The following procedures describe how to sign on to the Oracle Business Process Composer application.

To sign on to Oracle Business Process Composer

  1. Go to the Business Process Composer URL.

    Figure 3-4 shows the sign-on screen that appears after the Oracle BPM application loads.

    Figure 3-4 Oracle Business Process Composer Sign-on Screen

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    Description of "Figure 3-4 Oracle Business Process Composer Sign-on Screen"

  2. Enter your username and password, then click Login.

3.4 Introduction to the Business Process Composer Application Interface

The Business Process Composer user interface is shown in Figure 3-5.

Figure 3-5 The Oracle Business Process Composer Application User Interface

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Description of "Figure 3-5 The Oracle Business Process Composer Application User Interface"

The major areas of the Business Process Composer user interface are described in the following sections.T

3.4.1 Introduction to the Business Process Composer Toolbar

The Business Process Composer toolbar provides access to the general application functionality. Figure 3-6 shows the application toolbar. This toolbar is located in the upper right-hand corner of the application. It is available from each page of the application.

Note:

The Administration menu item is only available to Business Process Composer administrators. This item does not appear for other users.

Figure 3-6 The Business Process Composer Toolbar

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Description of "Figure 3-6 The Business Process Composer Toolbar"

The application toolbar provides access to the following:

Table 3-1 The Business Process Composer Application Toolbar

Toolbar element Description

Username

Displays the name of the current user. This text field is read-only.

Administration

Provides access to the Business Process Composer administration page. This item is only visible to users who have been granted the Administrator security role. See Chapter 12, "Performing Administrative Tasks" for more information.

Preferences

Enables you to configure general application preferences.

Help

Displays an HTML version of this guide.

Sign Out

Sign out the current user.

Network connectivity

Shows if there is network activity. When there is no network activity, the icon appears as an "O."


3.4.2 Introduction to the Business Process Composer Welcome Page

The Business Process Composer application welcome page enables you to view and work with the project in the BPM repository. Figure 3-7 shows the project Welcome page. The components of this page is described in the following sections.

Figure 3-7 The Project Browser

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Description of "Figure 3-7 The Project Browser"

Chapter 4, "Working with BPM Projects" for information on using the application welcome page to work with BPM projects.

3.4.2.1 Project Views

Project views enable you to view the project browser based on certain criteria. You can select a project view by selecting its icon from the left-hand side of the project welcome page as shown in Figure 3-7. The different types of project views are described in Table 3-2.

Table 3-2 Project Views

Project view Description

All projects

Shows all projects within the BPM repository that the current user has permissions to view or edit.

For Business Process Composer administrators this shows all projects that are not private. Private projects are only visible to the project owner.

Favorites

Shows only the projects marked as favorites by the current user.

Owned by me

Shows only the projects owned by the current user.

Shared with me

Shows only the projects shared with the current user.

Runtime projects

Shows only projects that have been deployed to runtime.


3.4.2.2 Project Browser

The project browser provides hierarchical view of the BPM repository, including projects and project folders as shown in the center of figure Figure 3-7.

The project browser also enables you to create new projects and project folders and delete projects.

3.4.2.3 Control Panel

The control panel enables you to control how projects and project folders are displayed in the project browser. The project browser control panel is shown in Figure 3-8.

Figure 3-8 The Project Browser Control Panel

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Description of "Figure 3-8 The Project Browser Control Panel"

3.4.2.4 Search

The search field enables you to search for projects within the repository based on name, author, or description. The search field is available in the upper-right hand corner of the project welcome page as shown in Figure 3-7.

3.4.3 Introduction to the Business Process Composer Main Menu

The application main menu provides access to frequently used commands and functionality. This menu is accessible from the application and project welcome pages. It is accessible by clicking on the icon shown at the top of figureFigure 3-9.

Figure 3-9 Application Main Menu

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Description of "Figure 3-9 Application Main Menu"

The application main menu provides access to the menu items describe in Table 3-3.

Table 3-3 Main Application Menu Items

Menu item Description

New

Enables you to create a new BPM project.

Open

Enables you to open BPM projects stored within the BPM repository.

Import

Provides functionality for importing projects into the BPM repository.

Export

Enables you to export projects to the local file system.

Edit

Switches the current project to edit mode.

Save

Saves changes made to the current project.

Save and release

Saves changes made to the current project and releases the lock. This enables other uses who have access to begin editing the project.

Cancel

Releases the lock held on the project without saving changes.

Validate project

Validates the project.

Close project

Closes the current project.