JBoss Drools, an open-source business rules engine, recently reached version 4.0. InfoQ took the opportunity to learn more about JBoss Drools and its current and future capabilities.
Event Driven Architecture (EDA) is starting to emerge as a good and viable option to build better SOAs. David Luckham recently published a 2 part paper supporting this claim and InfoQ published an article on BI & SOA demonstrating it as well.
Spring Web Flow (SWF) is a framework for modelling and controlling the execution of multi-step work flows in web applications. Flows often execute across HTTP requests, have state, exhibit transactional characteristics, and may be dynamic and/or long-running in nature. In this interview, SWF co-lead Keith Donald talks about how Spring Web Flow works.
A group of several vendors suggests a new WS-* spec that goes by the interesting name "WS-BPEL4People". Compared to WS-BPEL which deals with automated business processes, the WS-BPEL4People spec, which has been under works for nearly two years now, aims to add human workflow capabilities to SOA in general and to the recently approved WS-BPEL 2.0 spec specifically.
A case study about how motor vehicle insurance records company Safeco used SOA approahes, SCA, BPEL, and composite application approaches to reuse legacy code, enable runtime modifiability thanks to decoupling, Java and .NET interoperability, and the ability to deliver a complex solution integrating over 5 systems in less than 8 weeks with a small team.
Scott Allan is interviewed by David Totzke on Windows Workflow Foundation, recorded a year ago at VSLive Toronto. Scott talks about the capabilities of Windows Workflow foundation, how it integrates into application development, how Microsoft is using WWF in its own products, DSLs and WWF, and architectural pattterns possible with WWF.
After nearly four years, WS-BPEL 2.0, the Web Services business process execution language, has become an approved OASIS standard.
Microsoft already supports BPEL in its ESB product BizTalk Server. Now the company has announced its plans to support BPEL within the Windows Workflow Foundation (WF), which is integrated into Windows Vista. BPEL will be supported by a set of WF activities available as BPEL for Windows Workflow Foundation.
Bonita, an open-source workflow and BPM solution recently released version 3. InfoQ sat down with Miguel Valdes Faura to talk about this release, which includes a set of graphical workflow development tools.
The latest Forrester report on SOA talks about the convergence of SOA and BPM. In it, the authors indicate that the term integration suite is becoming obsolete as it is replaced by integration-centric business process management suite (IC-BPMS). Does the industry need this new categorization, or is it another SOA 2.0.
Windows Workflow Foundation (WF) is the programming model, engine and tools for quickly building workflow enabled applications. Harry Pierson delves into the details of WF in a recent blog post. Update: Paul Andrew responds on his blog with "Ten Reasons why WF is not a Toy".
ActiveBPEL 3.0 Milestone 2 (M2) has been released. M2 provides full support for the WS-BPEL 2.0 specification as well as continued support for the BPEL4WS 1.1 specification. Active Endpoints has also released a Beta version of the ActiveBPEL Designer.
As SOA Adoption matures, increasingly organizations are thinking about business process and the style of composite application development that involves a process that coordinates business services. Enterprise Systems Journal has posted an article on this topic.
The JBoss jBPM team has announced the release of jBPM BPEL 1.1.Beta2 , a web services orchestration offering. It is the last beta version before the GA release in October.
SOA integration and interoperability requires a structured understanding of the semantics of data. webMethods has acquired a semantic technologies company called Cerebra to connect SOA and BPM components.