Last week I finally had the opportunity to try a new product from TIBCO that I believe that, like me, many developers were asking for. I’m talking about TIBCO Designer Add-in for TIBCO Business Studio 1.0.0.
Back in the old days of Integration Manager, we needed two development tools, IM in one hand to define business processes and integration services and Designer on the other to configure the adapters. Then BusinessWorks came so business processes may be developed and adapters configured with a single tool, Designer. But with the purchase of StaffWare and the integration of its products as the iProcess suite within the range of TIBCO we returned to separate development tools for BPM on one hand and BPA and adapters on the other. First, iProcess Developer was transformed into Business Studio, a graphical Eclipse-based development tool that allows both modelling business processes from the viewpoint of a business analyst and implementing these processes into the hands of a developer. There had been rumors for a while claiming that TIBCO was planning to consolidate all its tools into one based on Eclipse, but until the end of last year they did not publish Designer Add-in for TIBCO Business Studio 1.0.0, a tool that takes all the palettes from Designer to the Business Studio environment.
This add-in is compatible with ActiveMatrix BusinessWorks and its main plug-ins, SmartMapper, BusinessConnect and BPEL, and the adapters for SAP, PeopleSoft, Database, Files and MQSeries. To date, it seems that other tools such as BusinessEvents are not supported and, at the moment, this version is only compatible with Business Studio 2.2, while the latest version of iProcess, 11.0, is bundled with Business Studio 3.1. Looks like we’ll have to wait some time until the two worlds, BPA and BPM are 100% coupled and aligned.
Furthermore, with 37 known defects in the release notes this appears to be a product to be improved but, hopefully, in the following months we will finally have a unified tool set for developing and configuring integration components (SOA), modelling and implementing business processes, automated (BPA) and with human intervention (BPM), setting up complex event processing (CEP) and configuring monitoring elements (BAM).
I have just seen that, on May, TIBCO has published version 1.1.0 of this Add-In which supports Business Studio 3.1. In fact, Business Studio is not bundled with the product anymore so you need to install that first. Apart from some bug fixes, that seems to be the main change in this release. Unfortunately, it does not support other products like Business Events, Business Factor or iProcess Insight yet.