Setting Your Sail for 2007

E.F. Schumacher, a well-known British economist, once wrote: “I cannot predict the wind but I can have my sail ready”.    With that thought in mind here are ten predictions and hopes to help get your sails ready for 2007: 1. The WS-BPEL 2.0 specification will finally be approved as an OASIS standard.   Adoption of WS-BPEL…


Tracking SOA Consolidation

MomentumSI has an interesting list of SOA-related companies that have been acquired over the last few years.    The list seems to be missing a few and categorizes some companies as “SOA centric” when they’ve actually been around for a much longer timeframe (e.g. RogueWave and Parasoft for example).  


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 the original WS-BPEL…


SOA Slide of the Day: .NET 3.0 is now live!


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 a sort of XMI for…


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 <receive> Workflow start or…


Microsoft and Linux

If you haven’t heard about this already, you owe it to yourself to check this out.  The most exciting part of the announcement (imho): Web Services for managing physical and virtual servers: Microsoft and Novell will undertake work to make it easier for customers to manage mixed Windows and SUSE Linux Enterprise environments and to…


Last Call

Here’s a quick reminder that the last call for comments on the WS-BPEL 2.0 spec is rapidaly approaching (November 9th).  The WS-BPEL 2.0 spec it is available in PDF, DOC and XHTML formats.  A RDDL document is also available that includes links to all relevant resources (including the WS-BPEL 2.0 schemas). If you would like…