Frequently asked Questions

The following IBM BPM frequently asked questions and answers provide you with general and frequently used or required installation, configuration, and replication-related information.

IBM Business Process Management

IBM BPM Enterprise Service Bus eliminates point-to-point integrations and batch processing improving business flexibility and smart interoperability of systems regardless of platform, protocol, or data format. Our services include developing mature integration solutions utilizing SOA, SOI, and EAI methods which promotes agility and flexibility in the integration of applications.

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Business Monitor is highly complementary to IBM BPM, providing the basis for end-to-end visibility across both BPMN and BPEL processes running exclusively within IBM BPM, as well as those extended processes that span beyond the boundary of the BPM system.

IBM BPM Standard is a comprehensive Business Process Management Platform (BPM), that provides full visibility and insight into managing business processes. 

IBM BPM Standard is configured for typical business process management projects

  • For multi-project improvement programs, with high business involvement
  • Basic system integration support
  • Rapid time-to-value and improved user productivity

By using IBM® Business Process Manager on Cloud you start projects quickly and deploy process application solutions without building or maintaining a supporting IT infrastructure. IBM BPM on Cloud is a cloud-based, business process management environment for business process authoring, testing, running, monitoring, optimization, and governance.

IBM® Business Process Manager is based on Java™ Platform, Enterprise Edition (Java EE), and is delivered largely through HTTP protocols. As a result, IBM Business Process Manager has the same security requirements as any other Java EE application.

IBM Business Process Manager defines a fine-grained authorization model that uses groups, roles, and teams.

After you have installed IBM® Business Process Manager, create backup copies of the databases.


  • Verify that sufficient space exists to back up your databases. The size that is required for the backups depends on the size of your production databases and the specifics of your database backup strategy.
  • Back up your existing IBM Business Process Manager databases, using the backup utilities for your database software.


There are three main types of business process management: integration-centric, human-centric, and document-centric

  • Integration-centric BPM: This type of BPM focuses on processes that do not require much human involvement. These processes are more dependent on APIs and mechanisms which integrate data across systems, like human resource management (HRM) or customer relationship management (CRM).
  • Human-centric BPM: Unlike integration-centric BPM, this type centers around human involvement, typically where approvals are required. Intuitive user interfaces with drag-and-drop features allow teams to assign tasks to different roles, making it easier to hold individuals accountable throughout the process.
  • Document-centric BPM:  This type of BPM centers around a specific document, such as a contract. When companies purchase a product or service, it needs to go through different forms and rounds of approval to develop an agreement between the client and vendor.

Media firms can use BPM to automate the process of content preparation and delivery, from content creation to distribution. A business process management system can be designed to interact with content management, rights management, content traffic, and work order systems.

In IBM BPM V8.5.7, Process Portal replaces the Heritage Process Portal that was available from IBM BPM V7.5 onwards. Process Portal provides access to all heritage capabilities and introduces many new features, such as saved searches. The new responsive user interface provides you with more flexibility to get work done anywhere, at any time, on any device type, from a desktop device in the office to a mobile device at home or at a customer site.

Process Federation Server requires a database to store federated saved searches that are created in the Process Portal. After you install Process Federation Server, the database scripts for creating the database are available in the installation directory. Customize the scripts for your database environment, for example, the schema name and the table spaces.

By applying business process management, organizations can improve their operations, leading to better business outcomes. To achieve these results, you should fully understand the BPM lifecycle. Here are the five lifecycle steps of IBM BPM.

  • Process design
  • Model
  • Execute
  • Monitor
  • Optimize