Getting Started with IBM Process Designer Version 8.5 Part 1

Getting Started with IBM Process Designer Version 8.5 Part 1


Welcome to part one of a two-part
series about getting started with IBM
Process Designer Version 8.5. In part one, we walk you through
Process Designer version 8.5 so that you
can become familiar with the interface and tools that are available. In part two,
we present Process Designer tips and
shortcuts. Using IBM Business Process Manager,
you can model, run, simulate, and
inspect business processes. You develop business processes in Process Designer, which is an easy-to-use
graphics-oriented tool. You can create business process diagrams, reports,
simple services, and other assets. With
Process Designer, you can also run and debug processes and you can run
simulations. You store your artifacts in
the Process Center repository. To see how Process Designer fits in with
Process Center, here is a diagram. From the Process Center Console, you
can create process applications and
toolkits to contain your assets and grant other users access to those process
applications and toolkits. In addition to
the repository, Process Center includes two main features: a Process Center server and Performance Data Warehouse. While you develop your application, you can playback your process application on the server and you can store performance data in Performance Data Warehouse. Lets get started with the Process Designer tour. First, we log in to Process Designer. When Process Designer opens, the Process Apps page displays the list of process applications that are available in Process Center. Here you can create new process apps, import process apps, and open existing process apps in Process Designer. We will open the Standard Hiring Sample
process application to explore the Process
Designer interface. When you open an existing process app, the Process App Settings page opens in Designer. The Designer view in Process Designer displays the library that contains information about process applications, toolkits, Blueworks Live processes, and smart folders. The current process application that you are editing is at the
top of the library. Now, let’s open the Standard HR Open New Position business process definition to explore the rest of the Process Designer. The Designer interface has the tools to model your processes in IBM Business Process Manager. The main toolbar in Process Designer gives you access to the Designer,
Inspector, Optimizer, and Process Center. The main toolbar is also where you go to save all open editors, take a snapshot, and access the
information center. You can use the Inspector to demonstrate a current process design during playback sessions. Using Inspector, you can step through your process, verifying that
the services, variables, and process flow work as you expect. When you click Run Process, a
running instance of the process is created on the Process Center Server and switches you to the Inspector so that you can see the details of all currently and previously running processes and services. The Optimizer in Process Designer can help you understand and refine the process models that you develop. You can use this tool to simulate your processes while you are developing them to understand how well the
process models will perform. From the main toolbar, you can take a snapshot of your process application. A snapshot records the state of library items in a process application or track of a process at a specific time. You can also create snapshots in the Process Center Console. When you take a snapshot, you can see that the Revision
History shows the new snapshot. Here is also
where you open a snapshot. You can access the Process Center Console from Process Designer or you can open it in a browser using the Process Center URL. In Designer, the main canvas area is where you graphically model your process and service flows. To the right of the canvas area is the palette. The palette provides elements that you can use to model your process. You can hide the palette by clicking the colored border to the left of the
available elements. To restore the palette and
view the available components, click the same border. Below the canvas area,
you find the following information: properties,
validation errors, and where artifacts are used. When you select an artifact in the canvas
area, you will see information appear in
the Properties tab if there are properties to define. If Designer detects issues, such as broken references, duplicate names, or parameter-mapping problems, the Validation Errors tab and the Validation Errors smart folder show a list of the detected errors. On the Where Used tab, you discover which BPD, coach view, or coach uses the selected artifact. This information is important when you want to delete an artifact. This concludes part one of getting
started with IBM Process Designer
Version 8.5. Browse to part two to learn Process Designer tips and shortcuts. For more information about IBM
Business Process Manager, browse our
other videos or visit these other official resources.


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