The linkage of business data or systems leveraged in a corporate business activity is known as Business Process Integration (BPI). OracleAS ProcessConnect is designed to enable BPI through a single middleware service. Integration can extend beyond internal business processes to suppliers, partners, and customers. The Oracle BAM and BPO capabilities described earlier in this chapter are designed to leverage either OracleAS InterConnect or the newer OracleAS ProcessConnect.
Oracle Corporation expects that OracleAS ProcessConnect will increasingly be used in situations in which OracleAS InterConnect with Oracle Workflow was previously the only choice and where adherence to a Java connector standard is desirable.
In building integrated business processes, the following OracleAS ProcessConnect concepts are especially important:
Contain identification and contact information
Contain organizations within a profile (typically applications or trading partners) that participate in B2B exchanges
Contain specific collaborations, roles, and communications options describing how two parties will interact
Contain internal definitions of business data that come from or are sent to a party, including header information on the party from which the event is coming, information on the party to which to send the event, event instance creation time, instance life cycle state, event type definition, and body elements
In BPI implementations, ...