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1 BPEL4WS Business Process Execution Language for Web Services Jim Clark eBusiness Strategist

2 Agenda Evolution to Web Services –The need for business processes Understanding BPEL4WS –BPEL4WS in a Nutshell –Abstract Processes –Simple Scenario Using BPEL4WS –Implementing BPEL4WS –Quick walk-through –Typical BPEL4WS constructs Update on the OASIS BPEL4WS Technical Committee

3 Evolution to Web Services


5 Business Benefit The Evolution to Web Services Early 1990s Application integration technologies appear Late 1990s Web technologies appear e.g. HTTP, HTML, XML Web technologies appear e.g. HTTP, HTML, XML Web application technology = Web services Web application technology = Web services Pre-1990s Custom, static B2B Integration Custom, static B2B Integration The Goal A standards-based architecture that is broad yet flexible enough to provide secure, reliable, transacted Web services messaging infrastructure

6 Web Services Overview XML Your Company Internal Systems Partners Customers SOAP SOAP SOAP

7 Web Services Overview Whats Missing? Security Reliable Messaging Transactions Your Company

8 Good Progress…More To Do Businesses need a model for describing how individual Web services can be connected to create complex, reliable and dependable business processes This must enable... –Baseline transactional support –Interoperability between business processes and business partners in heterogeneous environments –Interoperability between tools such that any supporting tool can be used to author and analyze business processes –Executability in each supporting environment

9 Web Services Secure, Reliable, Transacted Business Processes Business Process Execution Language for Web Services (BPEL4WS) Transactions Reliable Messaging Security Messaging Web Services Description Language (WSDL) Simple Object Access Protocol (SOAP) Extensible Markup Language (XML) Other protocols Other services Description Quality of Service

10 BPEL4WS in a Nutshell A Turing complete language that can be used to specify behavior of business processes –Between Web services... –...and as Web services BPEL4WS is not a programming language –Exchange format for defining public behaviors (business protocols) –Export from one platform, import into another –BPEL4WS implementations leverage platform-specific strengths Abstract processes –Specify constraints of message exchange –Exposes only information required by partner Same language may also be used to define executable processes and business protocols –Best practice executable models?

11 BPEL4WS Dependencies XML 1.0 W3C XML Schema 1.0 WSDL 1.1 XPath 1.0 WS-Addressing Every partner is assigned a unique endpoint reference

12 BPEL4WS Extends and subsumes previous specifications in this area published individually by Microsoft XLANG (05/01) and IBM WSFL (05/01) XML-based workflow definition language Describe business to consume/provide Web services in a reliable and dependable manner Portability and interoperability by defining a set of constructs to implement executable business processes and to implement message exchange protocol

13 BPEL4WS – Basic Concepts Peer-to-peer interaction between Web Services described in WSDL Process and partners are modeled as WSDL services BPEL4WS provides the process definition

14 What is an Abstract Process? Description of public behavior –Public face of private processes Independent of implementation Scenarios: –BigCo dictates trading partner requirements –Industry consortia provides guidelines for working together BigCo BPEL a Industry Committe e

15 Simple Scenario Goals: 1.Allow customers to submit travel itineraries to travel agents; 2.Automatically procure appropriate airline, hotel and vehicle reservations for customer itineraries; 3.Automatically return confirmation on all reservations back to the customer once processing of the itinerary is complete; and 4.Streamline cancellation procedure.

16 Simple Scenario 1.BPEL4WS: Define how to integrate the services of partners into business processes. 2.BPEL4WS: Define how specific activities of a business process can be exposed publicly as Web services, bridging the abstract and the executable.

17 BPEL4WS Expect most practical usage in –Design of business protocols (external behavior) –Design of best practices and templates (executable models) Realistic process implementations will need platform-specific resources Common model for public and private behavior –The boundary between private and public can shift Outsourcing, mergers, etc. –Conformance relationships, export and import, is easier if the underlying set of core concepts is the same

18 WSDL –Port types, services and messages (extensions) –Defined abstractly BPEL 1.Partner Links –Define partners, services 2.Variables –Globally visible, used to pass info, state, etc 3.Fault Handlers –Transfer of control during an exception 4.Activities –Process definition/description BPEL and WSDL

19 Whats in BPEL4WS? Correlation Sets Fault Handlers Variables Business Process Partner Links Activities

20 Correlation Correlation identifiers are groups of properties embedded in messages Correlation is used between partners to identify process instances Different partners may use different correlation mechanisms Even for a single partner correlation mechanism might change in course of interaction

21 Activities

22 WSBPEL Technical Committee Update

23 About the WSBPEL TC Technical Committee launched 5/15/2003 –BEA, IBM, Microsoft, SAP and Siebel submitted BPEL4WS V1.1 with royalty free terms Subcommittees: –Issues –Specification Editing –Use Cases –Liaisons –Implementation Liaisons with: –CEFACT Business Process WG –W3C Web Services Choreography WG –Others pending… Publicly available: –Archives –Spec, Issues List, Resources –Comment web form

24 Recommended Resources Start using BPEL today with BizTalk 2004 – –Download a trial copy BPEL 1.1 specification (draft) Goals of the BPEL4WS Specification Abstract Processes in BPEL4WS BPEL4WS Issues Tracking BPEL4WS Use Cases

25 © 2003 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved. This presentation is for informational purposes only. MICROSOFT MAKES NO WARRANTIES, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, IN THIS SUMMARY.

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