Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Short Book Review: Getting Started with Oracle BPM Suite 11g R1

Having prepared my 'mind organizing platform', I have shifted to the first practical challenge with a template of the mind map called: 'Reading journals'.

The book that I have had in my restless mind for a long time was Getting Started With Oracle BPM Suite 11g R1: A Hands-On Tutorial. I came it across accidentally while I was searching for the pre-installed Oracle BPM virtual box.
Moreover, I could also recommend this Oracle URL as a valuable starting point to the world of Oracle BPM. After completing the whole hands-on tutorial in that book on pre-installed virtual box, I can state now that you would deservedly feel as a marine that has just returned home from a lonely yet simple journey.
As I mentioned at the beginning of this post I have 'packed' the whole book with XMind. And I must agree that it has fully confirmed my expectations. Below you can see the snapshot of the result (the snatch of my mind map from this reading).

As a short summary I will give some points about the following:

  • The beginning of this book (especially the first three chapters) are full of sentences that sound like: 'Oracle solutions are the best so … '. Sorry, I don't like such sentences. Based on the content of the book, it is I think dedicated to IT specialists rather than to sales representatives, so, such sentences are worthless.

  • It provides a short introduction to the major concepts of BPM
  • Consistent hands-on tutorial is examined throughout the whole book
  • There are many 'print screens' so you will not miss your way along that simple tutorial
  • Don't worry in case you are not sure about the result of the tutorial because the same example has already been completed on the Oracle BPM virtual box
  • It covers not only the BPM implementation along SOA platform but BAM and Business Rules usage as well

Least but not last, if you are still not sure where to BPEL and/or BPMN put in your SOA stack, you can get more information about that here.

Disclaimer: I did not get paid to review this book, and I do not stand to gain anything if you buy the book. I have no relationship with the publisher or the author.

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