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    SOA and Business Process Conference 2007

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    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...
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    SOA in the Real World - book errata

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    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...
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    SOA in the Real World now available

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

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    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. :)
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    Process Interruptus

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    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...
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    Jason Bloomberg nails it (again!)

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    Jason on SCA: "This is more about vendor politics than it is about technology or architecture." Good on ya, mate! :) Note: The actual; quote in the article is "This is more about vendor politics and it is about technology or architecture." but that...
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    Here We Go Again...

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    Despite the fact that there is no one size fits all approach for SOA, Burton Group seems to be insisting that in the future everyone will use REST for SOA (although they were at a Web conference when they made this statement). I'll buy the argument...
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    Shutting down the OASIS WS-BPEL Technical Committee

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    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...
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    Yet Another Acronym

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    We've been discussing FUD (fear, uncertainty and doubt) related to new technologies for almost a decade. Now its time for FUD 2.0 - except we're going to call it FUDGE (Fear, Uncertainty, and Doubt around Governance in the Enterprise) because nobody doesn...
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    Help influence the future of BPEL on the Microsoft platform

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    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...
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    BPEL Primer - work in progress

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    The WS-BPEL Primer is a non-normative doc that will be finished by 5/14 (at the latest). A draft of the work in progress is publicly accessible here (doc format): http://www.oasis-open.org/committees/download.php/23470/wsbpel-primer-draft_April_11.doc...
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    Recurring Architectural Capabilities

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    More fluffy draft on yet another fluffy topic... Again, feedback encouraged. -- Recurring Architectural Capabilities As we saw earlier, the SOA architectural model is fractal. This means that a service can be used to Expose IT assets (such as a Line of...
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    An Abstract SOA Reference Model

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    A fluffy draft on a fluffy topic - feedback and flames encouraged... ---- While a well planned and executed SOA undertaking can help organizations realize greater responsiveness in a changing marketplace, not all service-oriented efforts have been successful...
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    WS-BPEL 2.0 Approved as an OASIS Standard

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    I am happy to state that BPEL is finally approved as an official OASIS standard. Its been a long time coming (just short of four years) but its finally done. The official press release is here (and below). (BTW, Jack is not part of the official press...
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    InfoWorld covers BPEL

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    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...
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    Happy Friday! BPEL for WF is now available!

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    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...
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    Beta still means beta

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    Interesting take on Google Apps by one of the largest banks in Australia. Worth a read if you are considering Google Apps for your organization. CommBank gives Google Apps thumbs down
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    Here we go again...

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    Despite the fact that there is no one size fits all approach for SOA, Burton Group seems to be insisting that in the future everyone will use REST for SOA (although they were at a Web conference when they made this statement). I'll buy the argument that...
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    Architect Journal gets a facelift

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    Have you seen the new Arc Journal website? Simon's taken the old website, revamped it and integrated it with the MSDN Architecture Center. The result is easier searching, cleaner navigation, and greater cross linking with other architecture articles and...
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    Upcoming BPEL strategic and technical webcasts

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    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...
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    Microsoft's commitment to BPEL 2.0

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    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...
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    Yet Another SOA Consortium (YASC)

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    Here's another in what appears to be a growing trend . Interestingly enough - this one seems to be part of the OMG . Update: The SOA Leaders site appears to have vanished (cache of the site courtesy the Internet Archive's Wayback Machine ).
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    BizTalk 24/7

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    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.
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    WS-BPEL 2.0 Committee Specification

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    As promised, the editable version (DOC) is available here: http://www.oasis-open.org/committees/download.php/22264/wsbpel-v2.0-CS01.doc The XHTML version is here (zipped): http://www.oasis-open.org/committees/download.php/22320/wsbpel-v2.0-CS01.html...
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    WS-BPEL 2.0 reaches Committee Specification status

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    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...
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