Oracle Expands Business Process Management Offering

New suite includes IDS Scheer's ARIS Platform to help organizations improve alignment of business, IT strategies

New suite includes IDS Scheer's ARIS Platform to help organizations improve alignment of business, IT strategies

Redwood Shores, CA — August 3, 2006 — Oracle this week announced an agreement with IDS Scheer that is expected to accelerate organizations' business process management (BPM) initiatives by enabling greater collaboration between business and IT. Oracle's BPM product portfolio, which now includes IDS Scheer's ARIS Platform, can support a customer's entire business process lifecycle, ranging from modeling and simulation to deployment and optimization across heterogeneous IT systems.

The agreement includes plans for Oracle to offer the Oracle Business Process Analysis Suite, which is powered by IDS Scheer's ARIS Platform. Oracle Business Process Analysis Suite complements Oracle's existing standards-based BPM products, including Oracle SOA Suite and Oracle BPEL Process Manager, and can be deployed with Oracle and non-Oracle applications to provide business analysts and architects with business process modeling, simulation and publishing capabilities.

Additionally, Oracle Business Process Analysis Suite and Oracle BPEL Process Manager are optimized to work with Oracle's packaged applications, including Oracle E-Business Suite and Oracle's PeopleSoft Enterprise and Siebel applications, and will be used to model and execute business processes for Oracle Fusion Applications.

Oracle commented that standards-based, BPM technologies allow organizations to build, adapt and optimize business processes to help increase their competitive advantage, meet regulatory compliance requirements and improve operational efficiencies. The complementary Oracle and IDS Scheer technologies are expected to help customers better understand, document and modify these processes to meet changing business needs and IT requirements. Specifically, the capabilities will enable closed-loop process automation and optimization via shared metadata and unified repository so changes made at the Business Process Execution Language (BPEL) layer will be reflected back at the process design and modeling layer and vice versa.

"We are really pleased with the Oracle and IDS Scheer partnership. It will allow us to leverage the best of process modeling and execution without having to deal with two different vendors," said Mr. Ken Chih, chief information officer of Orient Overseas Container Line (OOCL), one of the world's largest integrated international container transportation, logistics and terminal companies. "We will also benefit from deep integration between the two products, key to our success with BPM technology."

Gartner Vice President and Distinguished Analyst Jim Sinur, added that it is ideal for organizations looking to leverage business process management technologies to team with a single vendor that has already invested in integrating components that comprise business process management suites. "The integration of such products will maximize return on investment through reuse, while minimizing administrative costs and errors that typically result from inconsistencies across technologies. Deep integration happens at the repository level, but near real-time model exchanges are the next best level. We recommend that our clients carefully inspect the levels of integration when deciding on a BPMS."

Oracle said its Business Process Analysis Suite will be generally available this Fall.

Additional Articles of Interest

  • For more information on solutions for business process management, see "BPM Rising," the Net Best Thing column in the October/November 2002 issue ofiSource Business (now Supply & Demand Chain Executive) magazine.

    — As technology's benefits hit the wall, one provider believes business process management can boost competitiveness. Read the article Finding Adaptability in BPM for more on this topic.