Oracle just launched their BPM 12c suite and Andy Kershaw presented a webcast on it this lunchtime (EST). This was mostly a business and marketing-driven event, so very lacking in the detail and architecture that I would have liked to see, but I imagine those types of presentation will be coming along later.
From these two sources there are a few new areas of functionality that I will be interested in digging into a little more deeply:
- Ability to define business rules verbally in Process Composer sounds interesting and useful, but the devil will be in the details
- Better support for mobile – absolutely crucial these days.
- “Adaptive Case Management” – which I really hope isn’t just marketing fluff. If it truly delivers on the closer integration of BPM, Content, Data, and BAM it will be a great thing for clients who have previously had to cobble this together themselves.
- Better integration with cloud-based and 3rd-party applications – obviously Eloqua and Fusion Apps, but also Salesforce, SAP and others. Strangely, I can’t find info on this on the Oracle web site, but obviously this is a big advantage for the majority of businesses that are diverse in their vendor choices.
A lot of other interesting aspects of KPI tracking, better analytics, integration with Oracle R, etc. I wonder if a limited use license for this will still be bundled with WebCenter Content? It certainly looks like WCC is bundled with the BPM suite for use in Case Management.