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In the five years since I co-founded Bonitasoft with Miguel Valdes Faura and Rodrigue Le Gall, our organization has come a long way. We started with seven developers. We now have 17 dedicated full time to Bonita BPM – along with a systems architect, a QA team, a documentation team, a...
Organizations have started to see the value in discovering and harnessing the potential of the typically large amounts of information as well as data they generate and consume on a regular basis, all in ways that help their organizational goals and associated business models perform we...
Cloud computing remains the most discussed subject in IT. Many analysts believe that it will fundamentally change how IT services are used, pointing to lower costs and accelerated time-to-market for software-based projects. But cloud computing means more for a company than just techn...
Change isn't new, but the pace of change in the next ten years in Europe is going to be breathtaking. Following 18 months full of dramatic re-alignment we're seeing normality return, but it's a new normal. The balance of power is shifting away from Europe and the West; emerging mark...
Not only are today’s IT environments more complex than ever before, but the current economic climate is making it more difficult for IT organizations to easily and cost-effectively meet changing business requirements. What’s needed is a way for organizations to streamline business proc...
Today, Adobe announced a major release of LiveCycle® Enterprise Suite 2 (ES2), an SOA architecture for automation of document processing, RIA, and process management.  It’s an enterprise platform for SOA that brings together various technologies and tools including LiveCycle Data Servi...
After years of being admonished to focus on the business first, most IT execs still can't stop talking about the speeds/feeds, bugs/features, and bullet point aspects of their latest technology. They have to stop doing this.
Every organization is under pressure to deliver tangible business benefit through its IT projects. This point is illustrated by the fact that almost all IT projects are justified based on the ROI they will deliver. However, very few organizations follow up and review all projects based...
The operations of many large organizations rest on large applications that are characterized as 'legacy.' To increase flexibility or reduce costs businesses are looking to modernize these applications, for instance, via renovation, introducing an SOA architecture, or even re-implementi...
Choreography is the dark continent of Web services: few onlookers have traveled there, and many question whether there are any riches to be brought home from the trip. In the first place, choreographies bear such a striking resemblance to business processes that the novice might think ...
Our journey began with our Department of Defense research projects when we saw an opportunity to solve our data management challenges with XML (http://xml.sys-con.com/read/40411.htm). The journey continued with the evolution of that work as it applied to exposing legacy data sources as...
The use of the term BPM (business process management) is becoming increasingly confused as former EAI vendors claim BPM capability and the lines between BPM + SOA and ESB applications are blurred. This article will differentiate what is unique and distinct about BPM compared to other t...
Finally, executives on the business side of management teams are asking for technology that can be delivered, modified, and executed by business people. The promises of many enterprise application investments were never realized in large part due to the fact that the business side was ...
Business process management (BPM) is a business management philosophy consisting of the idea that a business can be understood and managed solely in terms of business processes. BPM is process-centric and responsive to change in business requirements and objectives. Businesses are defi...
In most software topics, the boundary between theory and practice in software is clearly demarcated: theory is for academics who seldom descend from the ivory tower, practice is for industry professionals who have long forgotten the concepts and application of theory. In concurrency, f...
Like most companies, you want to streamline your business, automate manual processes, and expose key functionality to partners and customers. And like most companies, you probably have a mixture of applications and hardware - some new, some old.
As soon as new business applications roll out, someone is waiting to change them. Most application developers are resigned to this reality because they understand that business conditions change, and the applications that support key business processes have to change with them.
BPEL (Business Process Execution Language) makes business processes and composite Web services first-class citizens of the Java and .NET platforms, while preventing vendor lock-in. The result is a drastic reduction in the complexity, delivery time, and cost associated with implementing...
Whether you're in a clothing store, a car dealership, or a bank's online catalog looking for low-interest loans, you're more liable to buy if you get some personal attention. You want someone to answer your questions in real time.
The Component Based Development Forum, an analyst firm and think tank covering business software creation, reuse, and management, recently wrote, 'Service Orientation - So What?' They went on to explain,
In previous issues of Web Services Journal (Vol. 3, issues 7 and 10) we discussed how Web services-driven BPM presents an opportunity for new types of business solutions and explored the challenges to Web services business process management (BPM). This month, we provide a roadmap for ...
In a previous article (Web Services Journal, Vol. 3, issue 7), we looked at business process management (BPM) driven by Web services and the opportunity it presents for new types of business solutions.
While the vision of process management is not new, existing theories and systems have not been able to cope with the reality of business processes - until now. By placing business processes on center stage, as first class citizens in computing, corporations can gain the capabilities th...
In one day, a CIO receives two dreaded e-mails from the CEO, who is acting under board pressure to change the company's fortunes. The first 'asks' for a revised IT budget reflecting a 15% cut for the rest of the year. The second calls for new ways of using IT resources to capitalize on...
Web services technology is rapidly evolving to meet the complex needs of the enterprise customer. The ability to integrate and assemble individual Web services into standards-based business processes is an important element of the service-oriented enterprise and the overall Web service...
Today's economy requires that businesses take a pragmatic approach to managing productivity and costs. The mandate is to optimize efficient processes throughout the organization. In the ongoing search to improve IT productivity, many companies are looking at business process management...
Business processes reach across enterprises and partners, and require a range of complex functions. As the reach and range of your business processes increase, consider (a) moving these functions into an integration network, such as an enterprise service bus (ESB); and (b) recursively ...
The journey of business process management (BPM) from technologies such as document flow routing to service-oriented architecture (SOA)-based Web services has been a process of evolution rather than revolution.
In this uncertain global economy, many companies have pared resources to the point that they have driven employees to a level of frustration that few of us deem tolerable. Corporate executives and stockholders consistently want more: more revenues, more profitability, and 'more wit...
As Web services technology begins to impact business process management (BPM) and application-to-application integration, a question arises: 'What business and technical challenges will we face applying Web services technology to BPM and application integration?' This article prese...
I love Web services, for all the things they can't do. It's not that I'm a pessimist, prone to look at the glass as half empty. Quite the contrary. Whenever I hear about Web services, I think about all the promises that won't be kept, and to me that looks like an opportunity to fil...
What has surprised everyone in the past few years is how challenging it has been to actually do e-business. One of the reasons why this is so is that companies have found it difficult to manage their business processes, especially when they stretch across multiple systems, software app...
The Web has always been service-oriented. Services such as auctions or ticket-buying services are available today to general Web users. Essentially, what the Web did for interactions between business functions and their users, Web services will do for interactions between functions...
Web services has promised many things. One primary promise has been the ability to piece applications together by snapping Web services together like so many Lego blocks. The output of one service becomes the input to the next and so on.
As the usage of Web service interfaces grows, we're starting to see the emergence of some key sectors where Web services will make a huge impact. Much as Java found its sweet spot on the Web application server, Web services will find its own sweet spots. Grid computing and e-busine...
Web services have been advertised as the one-size-fits-all solution for all sorts of integration problems. But like any other innovation in the software industry, Web services require a new generation of tools and infrastructure to help companies overcome the adoption hurdle and take f...
Companies have been looking for ways to open, or expose, key pieces of their enterprise applications to customers and partners since the Internet took off as a business tool. They want the efficiency, cost savings, and ability to conduct business around the clock that access to key app...


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