- Paperback: 354 pages
- Publisher: O'Reilly Media; 1 edition (August 28, 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0596008430
- ISBN-13: 978-0596008437
- Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.8 x 9.2 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 12 customer reviews
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Essential Business Process Modeling 1st Edition
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About the Author
Michael Harvey is an architect of several major BPM applications and author of magazine articles on BPM and process-oriented applications. In addition to being interested in the foundational concepts of BPM, Michael has spent much of his career working for companies that sell BPM product solutions (BEA with Weblogic Integration and IBM with Websphere Business Integration).
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What it is, however, is a very clear overview of the technical architecture of a BPM solution and the related standards that support that architecture. The book gives a very clear theoretical background (Petri Nets etc) which is helpful as well. Whether it should have spent so much time and space on the description of proposed or stillborn standards efforts I guess is open to question.
So get this book if you want a solid description of what a BPM solution should look like, that is clearly based on experience that is informed by a correct appreciation of the appropriate theory.
Don't get it if you want advice on modelling techniques or best practises in developing business process models.
Part 1 - Concepts: Introduction to Business Process Modeling; Prescription For a Good BPM Architecture; The Scenic Tour of Process Theory; Process Design Patterns
Part 2 - Standards: Business Process Execution Language (BPEL); BPMI Standards - BPMN and BPML; The Workflow Management Coalition (WFMC); World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) - Choreography; Other BPM Models
Part 3 - Examples; Example - Human Workflow In Insurance Claims Processing; Example - Enterprise Message Broker; Key BPM Acronyms; Index
This isn't necessarily one of those subjects that sets my heart racing as a developer. There are a lot of acronyms and standards from different agencies all trying to interact and coordinate a very difficult subject. But I can appreciate the work that Havey has done in trying to tie together all this material into a single volume. I got the most out of the concepts section, as that's where I am in my experience/knowledge of BPM. Once you get beyond that level of understanding, the second part can add the details on the specific standards that come into play here. I also appreciate the real-life examples at the end, as it puts some flesh on the theoretical concepts.
Although not a book I'd pick up for an entertaining technical read, it does work well for its intended purpose.
In contrast, Havey shows how to use BPEL in a top-down manner. The tenor of this book is that Business Process Modelling is conveniently expressed in BPEL. It may be easier to learn BPEL this way, given this motivation. The earlier books that include explanations of BPEL tend to use simpler business examples.
Also, quite aside from BPEL, Havey shows that BPM is a subject that has some theoretical rigour behind it. Not just high level concepts.