As an example of how this sort of integration could help users, Rizvi highlighted how Oracle's Fusion-based business intelligence products could be used to analyze BPM operations. Administrators can analyze how long each process is taking, or check to see if any one step in the process is taking an undue amount of time to complete, using the Oracle Business Activity Monitoring software.
Also, this is the first version of Oracle's BPM software to incorporate the features from the BEA AquaLogic BPM (Oracle acquired BEA Systems in 2008).
"This release includes the best of both and Oracle's BPM technology," said Shaffer. For instance, the software uses the AquaLogic BPM Studio for editing processes. The Oracle BPM suite also borrows AquaLogic BPM Studio's what-you-see-is-what-you-get interface.
Also, for the first time, the software offers a single interface to design workflows using one of two process modeling languages, the Business Process Execution Language or the Business Process Modeling Notation.
"There are various pros and cons associated" with each standard, Rizvi said. "What we wanted to bring is the best of both worlds. The underlying runtime architecture supports both models."