09 August 2006

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Oracle in business-IT agreement with IDS Scheer

Oracle announced an agreement with IDS Scheer that will help accelerate the organisations’ Business Process Management (BPM) initiatives by enabling greater collaboration between business and IT. Oracle’s BPM product portfolio, which now includes IDS Scheer’s ARIS Platform, will support a customer’s entire business process lifecycle, ranging from modeling and simulation to deployment and optimization across heterogeneous IT systems.
The agreement includes plans for Oracle to offer the Oracle Business Process Analysis Suite, which is powered by IDS Scheer’s industry leading ARIS Platform. Oracle Business Process Analysis Suite complements Oracle’s existing standards-based BPM products, including Oracle SOA Suite and Oracle BPEL Process Manager, and can be deployed with Oracle and non-Oracle applications to provide business analysts and architects with business process modeling, simulation and publishing capabilities. Additionally, Oracle Business Process Analysis Suite and Oracle BPEL Process Manager are uniquely optimized to work with Oracle’s packaged applications including Oracle E-Business Suite and Oracle’s PeopleSoft Enterprise and Siebel applications and will be used to model and execute business processes for Oracle Fusion Applications.
Standards-based, BPM technologies allow organizations to build, adapt and optimize business processes to help increase their competitive advantage, meet regulatory compliance requirements and improve operational efficiencies. The complementary Oracle and IDS Scheer technologies will help customers to better understand, document and rapidly modify these processes to meet changing business needs and IT requirements. Specifically, these capabilities will enable closed-loop process automation and optimization via shared metadata and unified repository so changes made at the Business Process Execution Language (BPEL) layer will be reflected back at the process design and modeling layer and vice versa.
“We are really pleased with the Oracle and IDS Scheer partnership. It will allow us to leverage the best of process modeling and execution without having to deal with two different vendors,” said Mr. Ken Chih, CIO of OOCL. “We will also benefit from deep integration between the two products, key to our success with BPM technology.”
“It is ideal for organizations looking to leverage business process management technologies to team with a single vendor that has already invested in integrating components that comprise business process management suites,” said Gartner Vice President and Distinguished Analyst Jim Sinur. “The integration of such products will maximize return on investment through reuse, while minimizing administrative costs and errors that typically result from inconsistencies across technologies. Deep integration happens at the repository level, but near real time model exchanges are the next best level. We recommend that our clients carefully inspect the levels of integration when deciding on a BPMS.”
“Business process modeling is a key component of any organization’s BPM initiative, and our mutual customer base drove the formalization of this integration between our best-of-breed technologies,” said Dr. Wolfram Jost, Member of the Executive Board and Head of the Product Division of IDS Scheer AG. “IDS Scheer leveraged its experience with Oracle-based BPM initiatives worldwide to deliver the Oracle Business Process Analysis Suite, powered by ARIS. Now Oracle customers can seamlessly implement process-based software configurations and service-oriented architecture. By adding Oracle as a strategic reseller of ARIS, we are leveraging Oracle’s powerful reach in the market for new opportunities.”
“Organizations are increasingly adopting business process management platforms such as Oracle SOA Suite to improve business agility and meet regulatory compliance,” said Amlan Debnath, vice president, Server Technologies, Oracle. “Together, Oracle and IDS Scheer are delivering the industry’s only open, standards-based BPM offering that meets the unique needs of business analysts and developers.”
Oracle Business Process Analysis Suite will be generally available this autumn.

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