IBM's BPM 7.5.1 Release in November

Scott Francis
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IBM has already an update to IBM BPM 7.5 scheduled- the first minor release, due 18th of November, 2011.  The meat of the release is reviewed in the announcement letter:
  • Ability to deliver differentiating BPMN 2.0 support while keeping the user experience simple
  • Simplified event management in Process Modeling
  • Ability to import and export of industry models directly into or out of the Process Center using BPMN 2.0 format
  • Simplified installation and configuration experience for production deployment environments
  • New refactoring features for process application and toolkits
  • Creation of process application documentation that can be reviewed and printed by business stakeholders
  • Ability to view change management history between process application versions
  • Integration with IBM Case Manager tasks to enrich case management applications
  • Common inbox with IBM Case Manager V5.1
I think the key improvements for the average user of IBM BPM 7.5 will be the refactoring and difference reports.  They look like small changes separately, but together this really improves the productivity of process developers who are managing multiple versions or who are working on a new version of a process while also supporting a production version. Not to mention, better refactoring support will cut down on the number of typos. There are some additional features that are focused on supporting production instances which will also prove important over time.