edBPM really means Dynamic, Agile, Event-driven Business Processing
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<p><a href="http://servicewave.eu/2010/workshops-2/w4-edbpm-2010/"><img class="alignright size-medium wp-image-1944" title="p1010138b" src="http://tibcoblogs.com/cep/wp-content/uploads/2010/12/p1010138b-300x192.jpg" alt="p1010138b" width="300" height="192" /></a>I can’t say I’m a huge fan of the term “<a title="Previous posts on edBPM" href="http://tibcoblogs.com/cep/tag/edbpm/" target="_self">edBPM</a>” as all managed business processes rely on events - it’s a bit like saying “flexible agile development”… However the goal is worthy enough, as it is to convey the use of event processing technology in automated business processes. For this reason I am also not a fan of the “Management” part in “edBPM” - pureplay BPM systems like <a title="TIBCO ActiveMatrix BPM" href="http://www.tibco.com/products/bpm/default.jsp" target="_blank">TIBCO AMX BPM</a> provide management of (human-oriented) business processes, whilst automated business processes have different, simpler, “management” needs. A more accurate term might be CEP-based Business Processing, using things like inference-driven business processes with integrated decisioning and business monitoring… but this begs the question “how is this different from complex event processing” with an emphasis on the “processing”, not merely the detection of “complex events”.</p> <p>This week Rainer von Ammon hosted <a title="CE.com forum for this topic" href="http://forum.complexevents.com/viewtopic.php?f=13&t=271" target="_blank">edBPM2010 as a workshop</a> at the <a title="ServiceWave2010" href="http://servicewave.eu/2010/" target="_blank">ServiceWave2010 conference</a>, which had the theme of Ubiquitous CEP or U-CEP. This was attended by representatives from a variety of institutions, from a large European telco to a Chinese University. And the variety of interests around U-CEP was fascinating - <a title="CE.com forum for this topic" href="http://forum.complexevents.com/viewtopic.php?f=13&t=277" target="_blank">brain systems</a>, <a title="CE.com forum for this topic" href="http://forum.complexevents.com/viewtopic.php?f=13&t=264" target="_blank">socio-economic</a> organisations and the like - all of which seemed far more interesting than a computer scientist might initially imagine. The “discussion table” I attended focussed on <a title="CE.com forum for this topic" href="http://forum.complexevents.com/viewtopic.php?f=13&t=265" target="_blank">CEP in manufacturing</a> for which the <a title="Previous post on STM case study, Jun10" href="http://tibcoblogs.com/cep/2010/06/03/cep-in-manufacturing-stmicroelectronics/" target="_blank">STM use case</a> is an excellent example, and for which the German University of Siegen team <a title="CITT edBPM submission on CEP research for manufacturing" href="http://www.citt-online.com/downloads/edbpmucep2010_submission_1.pdf" target="_blank">described their work</a> with a specialist metal foundry (constructing, for example, aluminium engine blocks for exclusive executive cars). An interesting point here was the fact that German heavy industry was investing in CEP research to remain competitive in a global economy.</p> <p>Last week was another angle for CEP-based Business Processing - the OMG standards body voted to extend the “Letter Of Interest” in, and hence allow new submitters for, the proposed CMPM (Case Management Process Modelling) standard. At the beginning of this standard TIBCO had presented its plan-based, rule-driven Advanced Fulfillment Framework (AFF, now <a title="Previous post on AF and AC, May10" href="http://tibcoblogs.com/cep/2010/05/26/active-fulfillment-dynamic-bpm-rules-etc/" target="_blank">TIBCO ActiveFulfillment and ActiveCatalog</a>) as a response to an <a title="Previous post on OMG DBAM RFI etc, Sep08" href="http://tibcoblogs.com/cep/2008/09/25/update-on-rule-representations/" target="_blank">RFI on Dynamic Business Activity Modelling</a>. The increasing current interest in case management and “Adaptive Case Management” is part of the same swell in interest in edBPM / CEP-based Business Processing.</p> <p>Now, vendors are not really allowed to create pervasive technology acronyms (as competitors naturally insist on inventing competing terms). This is a job best left for the industry analysts (or possibly bodies like EPTS). So far I have not seen much interest from them in the term “edBPM”. And “Complex Event based Business Processing” is probably too close to “CEP” - in more senses than just the words - so “CEBP” is probably not going to fly either. Other related / overlapping / equivalent terms to <a title="Previous post on EPTS edBPM discussions, Sep09" href="http://tibcoblogs.com/cep/2009/09/22/epts5-2-panel-on-event-driven-business-process-management/" target="_self">edBPM</a> have included <a title="Previous post on Gartner dynamic BPM, Oct09" href="http://tibcoblogs.com/cep/2009/10/07/gartner-on-dynamic-bpm/" target="_blank">dynamic BPM</a> and <a title="Previous post on KDPM, Aug09" href="http://tibcoblogs.com/cep/2009/08/12/knowledge-driven-process-modeling/" target="_self">knowledge-driven process modelling</a>, and probably a few others. 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