Tuesday, November 25, 2008

2008-11-25 Tuesday - Book Review: Business Process Management with JBoss jBPM

Book Review: Business Process Management with JBoss jBPM
(full disclosure: I was provided a free copy to review)

If you are a manager and need a good book to help you sell the idea of BPM to upper-management - and explain the value (and the practical application) of BPM tooling to solving real-world problems, then this book is a very good entry-level text - with a concise and practical approach to walking you through the current best practices in this technology space.

Here's a quick chapter overview of what's covered in the book:

Chapter 1: Introduction
- BPM approach to software development

Chapter 2: Understanding the target process
- Setting up the project
- Analyzing the process

Chapter 3: Develop the process in JBoss jBPM
- jBPM architecture
- Installation
- jBPM concepts
- Buliding the example process

Chapter 4: The Prototype user interface
- Build the prototype
- Investigating the web console interface
- Adapt the web console

Chapter 5: Iterate the prototype
- Set up for the proof of concept
- Iterate the sysstem

Chapter 6: Proof-of-concept to implementation
- Preparation for implementation
- Monitoring the process

Chapter 7: Ongoing process improvement
- Project assessment
- Process analysis and improvement
- Business process documentation
- Ideas for further development

On November 24, 2008, the Drools team posted a video presentation:

Whats new in Drools 5 video and Q&A session

There are some very exciting new developments in JBoss Drools - and this book is still a good text for communicating the process and concepts of JBM development.