Last month, I introduced service-oriented architecture (SOA) and business process management. This month, I will discuss the first of several business process management languages: business process execution language for Web services. In the following months, I will address business process modeling language (BPML) and business process specification schema (BPSS) for ebXML.

Recognizing the complexity of accessing Web services in synchronous and asynchronous environments, in August 2002, IBM, Microsoft and BEA introduced their jointly defined Business Process Execution Language for Web Services (BPEL4WS, or just BPEL). Its specification is now being managed by OASIS.1

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