WS-BPEL 2.0 for SOA Composite Applications with IBM WebSphere 7

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  • Understand role of BPEL in SOA and what is BPEL and why it is important
  • Get familiar with basic and advanced BPEL 2.0
  • Compose business processes in BPEL
  • Develop BPEL processes with a good understanding of BPEL 2.0 activities, loops, decisions, flow control, variables, scopes, and other constructs
  • Extend human workflow in BPEL, including BPEL4People and WS-HumanTask
  • Secure BPEL processes and define transactional boundaries
  • Monitor BPEL processes
  • Generate BPEL from BPMN and round-trip the changes
  • Control the full BPM life cycle
  • Develop BPEL and SOA composite solutions on IBM WebSphere SOA platform, including Process Server, Business Monitor, Integration Developer, and Business Modeler



Business Process Execution Language (BPEL, aka WS-BPEL) has become the de facto standard for orchestrating services in SOA composite applications. BPEL reduces the gap between business requirements and applications and allows better alignment between business processes and underlying IT architecture. BPEL is for SOA what SQL is for databases. Therefore learning BPEL is essential for the successful adoption of SOA or the development of composite applications. Although BPEL looks easy at first sight, it hides a lot of potential and has many interesting advanced features that you should get familiar with in order to maximize the value of SOA.

This book provides a comprehensive and detailed coverage of BPEL. It covers basic and advanced features of BPEL 2.0 and provides several real-world examples. In addition to the BPEL specification, this book provides comprehensive coverage of BPEL support on IBM's WebSphere SOA platform including security, transactions, human workflow, process monitoring, automatic generation of BPEL from process models, dynamic processes, and more.

The book starts with an introduction to BPEL, its role with regard to SOA, and the process-oriented approach to SOA. The authors give short descriptions of the most important SOA platforms and BPEL servers—the run-time environments for the execution of business processes specified in BPEL—and compare BPEL to other business process languages. The book then moves on to explain core concepts such as invoking services, synchronous and asynchronous processes, partner links, the role of WSDL, variables, flows, and more.

Moving ahead you will become familiar with fault handling, transaction management and compensation handling, scopes, events and event handlers, and concurrent activities and links. The authors also discuss the business process lifecycle, the correlation of messages, dynamic partner links, abstract business processes, and mapping from BPMN to BPEL.

The book discusses details of using BPEL with IBM WebSphere SOA platform. You will be able to develop BPEL and SCA composite applications, and demonstrate different approaches with the help of examples in this book. You will get exhaustive information on monitoring BPEL processes, and developing dashboards.

The authors explain transformation of business process models in BPMN (using Business Modeler) to BPEL and how to achieve round-tripping. The book covers a complete BPM lifecycle from modeling through implementation, execution, monitoring, and optimization, and presents advanced real-world examples. In addition to standard BPEL it also covers IBM specific extensions on the WebSphere SOA platform.

  • Develop BPEL and SOA composite solutions with IBM's WebSphere SOA platform
  • Automate business processes with WS-BPEL 2.0 and develop SOA composite applications efficiently
  • Detailed explanation of advanced topics, such as security, transactions, human workflow, dynamic processes, fault handling, and more—enabling you to work smarter



Page Count 644
Course Length 19 hours 19 minutes
ISBN 9781849680462
Date Of Publication 12 Oct 2010


Swami Chandrasekaran

Swami Chandrasekaran (@swamichandra) is a managing director at KPMG's AI Innovation & Enterprise Solutions. He leads the architecture, technology, creation of AI + emerging tech offerings as well as innovation efforts. He has led the creation of products and solutions that have solved a wide range of problems in areas such as tax and audit, industrial automation, aviation safety, contact centers, insurance claims, field service, multimedia enrichment, social care, digital marketing, M&A, and KYC. These solutions have leveraged automation, ML/DL, NLP, advanced analytics, as well as RPA, cloud and IoT capabilities. He is currently also driving explainable and trusted AI efforts.

Previously, he spent 12 years at IBM, out of which 5 years were spent in the core Watson division. He led an organization that drove innovation and also creation + incubation of several solutions that leveraged Watson and IBM Cloud capabilities. He was also responsible for creating a library of Watson Accelerators that were used by several clients and field teams to accelerate their adoption of AI across various industries. He was appointed as one of their most elite IBM Distinguished Engineer.

Prior to Watson, he worked in IBM's WebSphere division and led efforts in the areas of OSS/BSS transformation, Cloud Service Broker + Storefronts, Digital Media Supply Chain, Mobile Payments, Smart Metering, Real-time Campaigns using middleware, BPM & SOA capabilities.

Prior to IBM, he worked at Webify Solutions (acquired by IBM), BearingPoint, and Ericsson Research. He holds a master’s in electrical engineering from UT Arlington, has filed about 20 patents and an IBM Master Inventor. He lives in Dallas with his wife Ramya, and two lovely daughters. Swami has also authored a couple of books on SOA and BPM. He is an avid video gamer, and when he finds the time, he writes on and tweets with the handle @swamichandra.

Matjaz B. Juric

Matjaz B. Juric holds a PhD in computer and information science. He is a full-time professor at the University of Ljubljana and heads the Cloud Computing and SOA Competence Centre ( Matjaz is an Oracle ACE Director and has been designated Java Champion and IBM Champion. He has more than 20 years of work experience.

He has authored and coauthored Do More with SOA Integration: Best of Packt, WS-BPEL 2.0 for SOA Composite Applications with IBM WebSphere 7, Oracle Fusion Middleware Patterns, Business Process Driven SOA using BPMN and BPEL, Business Process Execution Language for Web Services (both English and French editions), BPEL Cookbook (which was awarded the best SOA book in 2007 by SOA World Journal), SOA Approach to Integration, Professional J2EE EAI, Professional EJB, J2EE Design Patterns Applied, and Visual Basic .NET Serialization Handbook.

He has published chapters in More Java Gems, Cambridge University Press, and in Technology Supporting Business Solutions, Nova Science Publishers, Inc. His work has also been published in several journals and magazines and presented at conferences.

Ales Frece

Ales Frece [,] is a researcher at university, where he is preparing his doctoral dissertation. He has participated in several SOA projects as a consultant and solution designer at the SOA Competence Centre and Cloud Computing Centre. He is involved in several research and applicative projects. He has published articles and attended conferences where he has presented his extensive knowledge in BPM, SOA and IBM WebSphere platform. He holds several IBM SOA Technology certificates and has cooperated in launching the first cloud in Slovenia.

Gregor Srdic

Gregor Srdic [] is a researcher at university. He has been involved in several research and applicative projects as consultant and solution designer. He is also participating at the SOA Competency Centre and Cloud Computing Centre in the fields of SOA, BPM and cloud computing. His main expertise includes business process design and business monitoring with IBM WebSphere platform and cloud management with IBM WebSphere CloudBurst Appliance

Matej Hertis

Matej Hertis [,] is a researcher at the university. He graduated in computer and information sciences and is now working on his doctoral thesis. His main research areas are SOA, BPM and cloud computing. He has published several articles and presented on conferences. He has been involved in several IT projects as a consultant and is vice head project manager at SOA Competence Centre and Cloud Computing Centre. His main expertise includes BPM, SOA and Cloud Computing especially on IBM WebSphere platform. He holds IBM SOA Technology certificates.