Special Report: BPM inside the belly of the SOA whale

This special report on SOA and BPM will examine how the two acronyms are complementary and why BPM layered on top of an SOA is helping to make business processes more agile.

Both SOA and BPM offer the promise of making organizations more agile, efficient and better able to respond to change. And while BPM is a business-driven initiative focused on processes and SOA is an IT-driven initiative focused on services, their interrelationship is driving a closer alignment of business and IT. Recognizing their complementary natures, the large SOA infrastructure and platform players have gotten behind the Business Process Execution Language (BPEL) for Web services and are building out BPM, business activity monitoring (BAM) and Web services orchestration (WSO) functionality within their SOA offerings. BPM vendors are adding support for Web services and utilizing UDDI registries. This special report on SOA and BPM will examine how the two acronyms are complementary and why BPM layered on top of an SOA is helping to make business processes more agile while putting a business face on SOA projects.

Special Report: BPM inside the belly of the SOA whale

In the first installment of a three-part series, SearchWebServices.com looks into why BPM and SOA find themselves increasingly joined at the hip. Read part one.

Special Report: BPM inside the belly of the SOA whale, part 2

The second installment of this three-part series examines how BPM and SOA vendors are reaching into each other's markets, creating a middleware hybrid. Read part two.

Special Report: BPM inside the belly of the SOA whale, part 3

The third installment of this three-part series looks at the future direction of BPM linked with SOA and the key standards that will support that partnership. Read part three.

This was first published in June 2006

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