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.
Intalio has donated a modeling tool that supports the business process management notation (BPMN) to the Eclipse foundation's SOA Tools Platform (STP) project.
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.
With the recently released public review draft of the WS-BPEL 2.0 specification, an interesting debate has started about the relative merits of BPEL in general and issues surrounding portability, interoperability, and compatibility.
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.
The Web Services Business Process Execution Language Version 2.0 Specification is approaching the public review stage. This is an OASIS specification and governs process execution in SOA.