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May 2012, Iss. 2

BPEL trends update: We’ll always have orchestration

As improved Business process management (BPM) workflow tools have emerged, some underlying infrastructure tools have gained less attention. Notable among the latter is Business Process Execution Language (BPEL), which has often been used to convert business visions into things that run on computers. Where is BPEL now? Today, BPEL faces an uphill battle against the new kid on the block: Business Process Model and Notation 2.0 (BPMN 2.0). In fact, BPMN 2.0 may be the route to BPEL services infrastructure for some enterprise practitioners; BPMN 2.0 adds support for export to BPEL. In many ways, BPMN 2.0 has grabbed the spotlight from BPEL. Still, BPEL appears to have found a steady role in the technical orchestration of software services underlying workflow integrations. Its importance for human-based BPM is less clear. “BPEL is still alive and kicking. In its own space it is actually pretty successful as a standard modeling notation,” said Neil Ward-Dutton, research director at MWD Advisors, a process consulting firm. “Customers ...

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