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  • Blog Post: If you can do something it doesn't mean that you should...

    I'm not really doing anything BPEL related these days but a post by Jesper Joergensen caught my eye. Since I'm not focused on BPEL I haven't kept up with some of the developments in the BPM-related blogosphere. Apparently Bruce wrote a post illustrating some of the fundamental differences between BPMN...
  • Blog Post: Fixing the WF FileWatcher sample

    There is a FileWatcher WF activity sample that ships with the Windows SDK . I initially thought this might be of value to me but when I tried to open the workflow I ran into the following error: “Theme properties can only be changed in the Theme Configuration Dialog.” Very intuitive right? Actually...
  • Blog Post: BPEL4People and WS-HumanTask to OASIS

    The BPEL4People and WS-HumanTask specs are headed to OASIS, resulting in a new BPEL4People Technical Committee (TC) - expect to see an announcement and call for participation soon.  The TC will focus on defining human interactions (“human tasks”) as part of a WS-BPEL process, enabling...
  • Blog Post: Dave on Orchestration

    Dave Linthicum is blogging about orchestration and gets it mostly right. The blog entry does a decent job of describing orchestration at a high level - if you're unfamiliar with orchestration the blog entry is worth a read. The following, however, made me recoil a bit (emphasis is mine): Orchestrations...
  • Blog Post: Say What?

    Interesting perspective from Randy Heffner (Forrester) in the latest issue of Redmond Magazine: Perhaps Randy is unaware of our work on XML , SOAP and the Web Services Workshops that led to the WS-* specifications . The quote above seems to be inspired by current OASIS activities associated...
  • Blog Post: SOA and Business Process Conference 2007

    The 2007 Microsoft SOA & Business Process Conference will be held from October 29th through November 2nd, 2007 at the Microsoft Conference Center on the Microsoft Campus in Redmond, WA. Customers and partners can learn about Microsoft’s current and long-term strategy for SOA & Business Process...
  • Blog Post: SOA in the Real World - book errata

    I just noticed a couple of the Figures towards the end of Chapter Two are unreadable (totally black). Below are corrected versions of Chapter Two (Figures 6-8 are restored) in both PDF and XPS formats. Corrected PDF: http://files.skyscrapr.net/users/jevdemon/Chapter%202.pdf Corrected XPS: http://files...
  • Blog Post: SOA in the Real World now available

    The book I previewed here a few weeks back is now available in both PDF and XPS formats. Enjoy!
  • Blog Post: BPEL4People headed to OASIS

    That white paper and spec with the funny name is going to be an OASIS spec . I'm not surprised - I only hope they can fix some of the issues (such as people resolution) and come up with a name.that doesn't sound like a punchline. :)
  • Blog Post: Process Interruptus

    The BPM Group is facing a bit of challenge. Apparently there is a disagreement underway between BPMG and the company that runs their website. This means if you pull up the BPMG's website at www.bpmg.org you will be redirected to a company named Bennu (with a rather nasty message about BPMG). BPMG's temporary...
  • Blog Post: Shutting down the OASIS WS-BPEL Technical Committee

    The WS-BPEL TC has its last conference call next week. It's taken over three years of effort but the spec and schemas are finally done . A non-normative Primer and FAQ are also available. (The final version of the Primer will be published after our last call next week.) Thanks to the entire Technical...
  • Blog Post: Help influence the future of BPEL on the Microsoft platform

    Apparently over 3,000 people have downloaded the BPEL Community Technology Preview (CTP) for Windows Workflow Foundation (WF) . Now it's your turn to tell us what you love or hate about the implementation. To do this you'll need to sign up for a Windows Live ID first. Once you have your Live ID...
  • Blog Post: InfoWorld covers BPEL

    The article is fairly favorable and provides a fairly quick overview of the BPEL 2.0 spec. Here's some of what's new in BPEL 2.0: New activity types if-then-else replaces BPEL4WS 1.1 “switch” repeatUntil Validate forEach with completion conditions extensionActivity Variable...
  • Blog Post: Happy Friday! BPEL for WF is now available!

    The first Community Technology Preview of BPEL for Windows Workflow Foundation is now available: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=6d0daf00-f689-4e61-88e6-cbe6f668e6a3&displaylang=en The CTP supports BPEL 1.1. A later release is planned that will support WS-BPEL 2.0. I had...
  • Blog Post: Upcoming BPEL strategic and technical webcasts

    These are sponsored by OASIS, not Microsoft: WS-BPEL is central for defining SOA business processes. Members of the OASIS WS-BPEL Technical Committee will present this free webinar that will help business analysts and managers to better understand the technology and business value offered by this cornerstone...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft's commitment to BPEL 2.0

    If you haven't already heard about it , Microsoft will soon be releasing a BPEL 1.1 activity library for Windows Workflow Foundation (WF). The activities will enable you to build workflows that can be losslessly exported to BPEL 1.1. Also included is a BPEL import/export tool. This tool enables you to...
  • Blog Post: BizTalk 24/7

    Saravana Kumar just launched a nice aggregation of BizTalk resources at BizTalk 24/7 . Worth a look if you are working with or new to BizTalk.
  • Blog Post: WS-BPEL 2.0 reaches Committee Specification status

    Yesterday the OASIS WS-BPEL Technical Committee approved the WS-BPEL 2.0 specification a Committee Specification. The official Committee Spec is still being prepped for posting - here is the latest cut of the Committee Draft after the second Public Review (PDF). I'll post a link to the actual Committee...
  • Blog Post: BPMN-XPDL-BPEL relationships

    Nathaniel Palmer has a nice (if simplistic) overview article explaining the potential relationships between these specifications. While he glosses over some of the difficulties in mapping BPMN to BPEL, if you're unfamiliar with how these specs might be used I encourage you to read the article (only available...
  • Blog Post: BPEL Public Review - Round 2

    The second public review for BPEL started Sunday (January 7, 2007), and ends January 22, 2007. The spec was previously submitted for a 60-day public review on September 9, 2006 ; this 15-day review is limited in scope to changes made from the previous review. All changes from the first review have been...
  • Blog Post: Because you wouldn't use a screwdriver on a nail...

    I spoke at the CMG 2006 conference in Reno last week (I gave a presentation on SOA and appeared on a SOA panel). While at the conference I was confronted by a BPM-type who had lots of questions about BPEL. After some discussion I finally got the guy to realize that BPEL is an orchestration language,...
  • Blog Post: WS-BPEL Second Public Review Draft and Last F2F

    Its a sunny day here in Costa Mesa and the WS-BPEL TC is wrapping up what should be our last F2F meeting prior to standardization. Its been a long journey here from our initial meeting back in May 2003 . The TC completed addressing the comments received during Public Review and posted an update to...
  • Blog Post: Orchestration, Choreography and the Demise of BPEL

    Interesting take on this topic from Keith Harrison-Broninski over at BP Trends (PDF download). This is the fourth part of an ongoing series on the future of BPM. You can find the earlier entries in the series here . Keith asserts that BPMN will make BPEL unnecessary. I've always thought about BPMN...
  • Blog Post: SOA Slide of the Day: Comparing Orchestration and Choreography

    Quick funny: Check out the SOA Facts site. I wasn't aware that SOA was the one thing that Chuck Norris can't kill.
  • Blog Post: Comparing WS-BPEL 2.0 to Windows Workflow Foundation (WF)

    WS-BPEL is very much a subset of what can be represented using WF. Think of WF as a "graph of activities" that can be transformed to virtually any workflow standard. I'll try to post a similar comparison between WS-BPEL 2.0 and XPDL 2.0 later this week. BPEL Activity WF Activity...
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