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developerWorks Series WebSphere Business Integration Primer: Process Server, BPEL, SCA and SOA by Michele Chilanti, Vinod Jessani, Ashok Iyengar

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Chapter 8. Business State Machines, Human Tasks, and Web Services

Of the four service components depicted in the WebSphere Process Server Architecture, business processes, the core component, was covered in Chapter 6, “Business Processes,” and business rules were discussed in Chapter 7, “Business Maps and Business Rules.” The other two—business state machines and human tasks—are covered in this chapter.

How can anyone forget the state machine? Every computer science student, at some point, learns about a state machine. In business integration today, we have business state machines (BSMs), which are driven by business events. This chapter shows you the use of a BSM as a Service Component Architecture (SCA) component. The latter part of the chapter ...

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