In his new whitepaper, David Chappell takes a first look at the latest Microsoft technologies - WF 4.0, Dublin, and Oslo, explaining what these technologies are and more importantly, how they can be used together to create and run workflow-based, service-oriented, and model-driven applications.
In a recent survey of Business Process Management vendors found agreement that BPM needs to automate all types of business processes in the future, with distinctions between things like workflow and straight-through processing disappearing. Another area of agreement was the need to base BPM around SOA.
Open source BPM provider Bonita have released version 4.0 of their flagship BPM product, after two years of development. The release includes major updates to the BPM console and designer. InfoQ spoke to Bonita about the release, and the state of the BPM market.
In a new article, Jim Webber, Savas Parastatidis and Ian Robinson show how to drive an application's flow through the use of hypermedia in a RESTful application, using the well-known example from Gregor Hohpe's "Starbucks does not use Two-Phase-Commit" to illustrate how the Web's concepts can be used for integration purposes.
After the Oracle acquisition of BEA it was not clear how Oracle was going to integrate often competing SOA products in its and BEA’s portfolio. In his presentation last month David Shaffer, VP Product Managemen for, Oracle Integration, described the Oracle-BEA product Strategy and Roadmap for SOA, BPM, Governance and Events.
Windows workflow is an excellent framework for implementing business processes. One thing that is missing in it is direct support for human activities. Several approaches to solving this problem exist, but they are not generic enough for general usage. In this article we will define one of the approaches to a completely generic implementation of human activities in WF.
Although OMG is not scheduled to get to BPMN 2.0 until August/September timeframe, the initial announcements about its possible directions have caused a lot of activities on the Web.
JBoss is close to releasing version 1.0 of their "Process Virtual Machine", an ambitious project that seeks to provide a definition language agnostic process execution engine. InfoQ spoke with project lead Tom Baeyens about the project, and how the PVM changes the BPM landscape.
In another one of our semi-regular Virtual Roundtables, InfoQ took the opportunity to talk to some of the main authors behind the BPEL4People and WS-HumanTask specifications and find out the driving forces behind it and what we can expect next.
OSWorkflow by Diego Adrian Naya Lazo discusses the open-source OSWorkflow, a Java-based workflow engine. As described on the official website, "This book covers all aspects related to OSWorkflow. No prior knowledge about OSWorkflow is needed". The book's publisher, Packt Publishing, also provided InfoQ with an excerpt from Chapter 4 of the book, entitled "Using OSWorkflow in your Application".
BPMN's adoption is increasing rapidly. In this post, we review some recent activity such as the publication of BPMN 1.1 by the OMG, a tutorial on how to use the Eclipse SOA Tools Platform to "Execute Business Processes" and a comprehensive 120 minute tutorial on BPMN by Bruce Silver.
Initially released in 2000, Flux is an embeddable Java software component for Java development teams who need job scheduling, file transfer and workflow management. Flux 7.7 extended the product's secure file transfer capabilities and increased the scalability of the Operations Console. InfoQ discussed with David Sims, Flux President about the new features and other product developments.
Tom Baeyens wrote a summary of the state of Workflow & BPM standards and tools. After a detailed look at BPEL, BPMN, and other technologies such as choreography, XPDL, BPDM, jPDL, Tom takes the stance that it is time to abandon the idea that non-technical business analysts can draw production-ready software in diagrams and separate the analysis process models and executable process models.
Paul Haley, rule technology visionary, discusses criteria for choosing rule engines versus procedural code in business process solutions, as well as examining the current state of BPM/BRM integration.
In a new InfoQ article, Jean-Jacques Dubray explores a new architecture blueprint for BPMSs that offers a cleaner alignment between SOA and BPM. Jean-Jacques argues that after more than eight years of intense research, we are still far from having the ability to use the business process models designed by business analysts to create complete executable solutions.