Using BPEL4WS for supply-chain integration - experiences and evaluation

Renne Tergujeff, Juha Haataja (Editor)

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    The major future challenges of e-business are in the field of business to business integration (B2B). Important aspects of B2B are business process automation, supply-chain integration and support for automated logistics management. XML based Web services are aiming at becoming the de facto B2B integration solution. In the Web-Pilarcos project a case study was performed, modelling and implementing a realistic supply-chain integration scenario and testing the usability of BPEL4WS specification. The case study was implemented using Apache Tomcat, Apache Axis and IBM alphaWorks BPWS4J platforms. BPEL4WS was found to be well suited for composing Web services into executable business processes, but somewhat lacking in its ability to publish abstract processes. The specification has only recently been presented to a standards organisation and will undoubtedly mature. The evaluated BPWS4J platform proved to be usable, but to contain some serious deficiencies as well. Commercial BPEL4WS platforms are arriving, but no open source support is yet available. In order for Web services to become widely utilised the support for business process management as well as transactions, reliability, and security must be further addressed.
    Original languageEnglish
    Place of PublicationHelsinki
    PublisherUniversity of Helsinki
    Number of pages23
    Publication statusPublished - 2003
    MoE publication typeD4 Published development or research report or study

    Publication series

    SeriesUniversity of Helsinki: Department of Computer Science. Series of Publications C


    • design
    • documentation
    • experimentation
    • BPEL4WS
    • BPWS4J
    • business process integration
    • logistics
    • SOAP
    • supply-chain integration
    • web-pilarcos
    • web services
    • WSDL
    • xml


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