ebXML (electronic business XML)

A consortium set up by two other organizations, a United Nations (UN/CEFACT) committee and OASIS, an Internet consortium. ebXML is charged with creating an XML architecture that standardizes all of the services companies will need to build Web Services. One sub-committee of ebXML is focused on business process communication, and has proposed BPSS. [ visit www.ebxml.org ]

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See how to use the ActiveVOS designer to create BPMN 2.0 compliant business processes.

Find out how to use the ActiveVOS designer to make executable business processes ready for deployment.

Analyst Sandra Rogers says that "organizations are discovering that the use of more visual and self-documenting solutions can better ensure that requirements are commonly understood and agreed upon, and measure if certain business goals met. Utilizing a BPMS like ActiveVOS can help individuals capture current and future states. It allows for multiple and concurrent cycles while designing and enhancing business processes. Because of this, BPMS software can greatly impact overall business results."

A survey of the vendors featured in the Ovum Decision Matrix report and other prominent BPM vendors reveal the very positive news that BPM is one of the few rapidly growing enterprise software markets. This report explores the competitive dynamics within the BPM market, and helps businesses select a vendor based on its technology strength, reputation among customers, and impact on the market. Ovum provides a complete view of vendor capabilities and advises on those that businesses should consider.

Forrester Researchís Randy Heffner offers guidance on how to create a holistic approach to detailing how SOA and BPM can help you build your digital business. Using a few basic concepts, itís possible to implement a rationalized, cost-effective set of technologies that take advantage of modern computing. Active Endpoints CTO Dr. Michael Rowley demonstrates how the ActiveVOS BPMS leverages these core ideas to build compelling process applications.

Bloor Research recommends Active Endpoints' visual orchestration product for enterprises that are looking at BPMS to help them get control of their business processes.

In this webcast replay, you can see how the ActiveVOS BPMS uses Actuate BIRT to deliver integrated reporting. And, you will learn how it is possible to put even greater control of reporting and analysis directly into the hands of the same users who designed an organization's automated processes.

Listen to this†informative session by Neil Ward-Dutton, Research Director, MWD Advisors, and Michael Rowley, CTO, Active Endpoints, about "What It Really Takes to Collaborate." They explore the organizational, cultural and technical elements that combine to create successful BPM deployments.

In the second episode in the series, "How to Explain BPMN to Business Users," Michael and Sandy explore just how much BPMN business users should know. They answer questions including "What makes BPMN the standard in documentation and communication?"; "How much BPMN is just enough to make business users dangerous?" and "What are the useful bits of BPMN that business users should know?" A demonstration of ActiveVOS, a BPMS that features a BPMN 2.0 modeler the whole team can use and serves the needs of the entire project team, including architects, project managers, developers and business analysts, is included.

ActiveVOS partner, T-Impact, has deep expertise in BPM in industries like telecom. In this webinar, they detail their approach to BPM and how they use ActiveVOS to deliver process applications for their clients.

Michael Rowley describes how to use test suites to ensure that our critical business processes continue to work as expected over time. The key to success is to take a leaf from the book of software engineering and regression testing best practices. This is because an executable business process is just like any other form of good code after all. Business processes should therefore have tests that guarantee they work as expected the first time, and suites of tests to ensure that changes to processes do not unintentionally break working aspects. Michael Rowley also explains both black box and white box testing approaches that should be used when we develop and deploy any business process.

In this episode of CTO Tuesdays, Michael Rowley discusses the similarity between sequence flows (arrows) in a business process and the old GO TO statement from programming languages.

Michael Rowley turns the con over to Rob Morris and Dusty Rivers of GT Software, who describe an elegant and practical way of linking everything on a mainframe - CICS transactions, IMS queues, VSAM keyed datasets, raw 3270 data stream...you name it - to a modern BPMS like ActiveVOS. This is done via standard web services, using WSDLs to define available mainframe services.

Completing a "trilogy" of sorts that started with CTOT #18 and continued in CTOT #19, Michael Rowley covers the concepts - and politics - behind REST, the representational state transfer protocol.

Episode 18 of CTO Tuesdays, covers using email for simpler workflows. Michael Rowley compares and contrasts using worklist management versus email for certain kinds of tasks and makes recommendations on when to use a BPMS's worklist capabilities and when email might be acceptable.

This episode covers BPMS support for long-running business transactions and compensation. Michael Rowley compares and contrasts BPMS support for transactions with that of transaction managers and describes how compensation can be applied to business transactions.

Active Endpoints CTO Michael Rowley discusses an elegant way of bridging the world of BPEL and the Java world. Then, after the technical presentation, Rowley discusses in the Q&A how, when and why process developers might want to use Java in their processes and warns against "speaking BPEL with an accent."

This week Michael Rowley tackles bugs in BPMSs. Bugs are just a part of life when creating business applications. But what about when you are creating process applications using a model-based BPMS? What happens then? How does the BPMS help you identify - even prevent and eliminate - bugs? Watch this episode to find out how standards like BPMN 2.0 and BPEL work together to help make designing and executing process applications more error-free.

Active Endpoints CTO Michael Rowley delivers a great introduction to the different types of expression languages for business processes.

Related Terms

Business Analytics, Business Process, Business Process Automation, Business Process Change Cycle, Business Process Design or Redesign, Business Process Execution Language for Web Services (BPEL, BPEL4WS), Business Process Improvement (BPI), Business Process Management (BPM), Business Process Outsourcing, Business Process Reengineering (BPR)