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ITM309-Recitation2-WBI_Tutorial - ITM 309 Spring 2011...

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ITM 309 Spring 2011 Business Processes: WBI Tutorial and In-Class Practice Activities Recitation #2: Websphere Business Modeler January 19/20 The purpose of this tutorial is to provide a practical and concise overview on business process modeling using IBM® WebSphere® Business Integration (WBI) Workbench™. This tutorial and in-class practice activities serve as an introduction to WBI and we would recommend you to also use the “Help” feature in the software for more detailed information on any particular topic. This tutorial will assist you with the Business Process in-class practices and Assignments 1 & 2. Objective: Familiarize yourself with process modeling using IBM WBI 1. Business Process and Process Modeling A business process is a group of business activities undertaken by an organization in pursuit of a business objective or common goal. A business process is represented or modeled in WBI Workbench as a Process that contains ‘Tasks’, other ‘Processes’, ‘Flows’, and ‘Decisions’. 1.1 Example of Business Process A high-level business process that occurs in many companies is handling and fulfilling customer orders, sometimes called the Order Fulfillment Process. Firms receive orders from customers, enter the orders into their customer service system, assemble orders for customers, package orders for shipping, ship the orders to the customer, and finally generate customer invoices. Each of these steps is a sub-process by itself too. Thus, each process contains many sub-processes. For simplicity’s sake, we will focus on the “ Order Receipt and Entry ” sub-process for this example. In the next few pages, you will learn how to graphically depict this sub-process and its components. Page 1 of 9
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1.2 Modeling Tool IBM WebSphere Business Integration (WBI) Workbench is a powerful activity-based process representation tool. With WBI Workbench, you can realistically and visually represent and analyze the way your organization performs its work. It enables you to manage the complexity that is inherent in your business processes. 1.3 File & Data Structure Using WBI as a process modeling tool requires you to first create an “Organization”. Each “organization” represents a firm or its sub-unit, and is saved as a “*.org” file in WBI. After creating an organization, you can start mapping out the processes you’re interested in. Each “*.org” file contains several “Objects”, representing Tasks, Inputs & Outputs, Decisions and External Entities. These pertain to a particular organization. Together, these objects will be used to represent the process you’re interested in modeling. You will learn about the objects in the next few pages.
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