Oracle just released Oracle SOA Suite 11gR1 Patch Set 2 (18.104.22.168). Besides a lot of other new and intersting features, Patch Set 2 also includes Business Process Management (BPM) 11g!
I had the opportunity to follow a hands-on workshop held by Clemens for Oracle partners last week and I was really impressed of the overall offering of BPM11g.
BPM11g allows the execution of BPMN 2.0 processes, without having to transform/translate them first to BPEL in order to be executable. The fact that BPMN uses the same underlying service infrastructure of SOA Suite 11g has a lot of benefits for us already familiar with SOA Suite 11g. BPMN is just another SCA component within a SCA composite and can (re)use all the existing components like Rules, Human Workflow, Adapters and Mediator.
I also like the fact that BPMN runs on the same service engine as BPEL. By that all known best practices for making a BPEL process reliable are valid for BPMN processes as well. Last but not least, BPMN is integrated into the superior end-to-end tracing of SOA Suite 11g.
With BPM11g, Oracle offers a very competitive product which will have a big effect on the IT market.
Will install everything on my VMWare image later today! Can’t wait to see it running on my own environment as well.