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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 13. Business Modeling

Thus far in the Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) lifecycle, we have covered the Assemble and Deploy steps. This chapter concentrates on the Model step—also known as business modeling or business process modeling. Before business objects and service components exist, the business analyst (BA) comes up with a business process model. It is driven by a business need and is truly a business process. It could affect everybody in the enterprise, or it could be critical only on the shop floor. Nevertheless, the business analyst creates this business process model, and he or she typically uses a software tool to do so.

The word model can be a person, a concept, or a structure representation. Even within the context of the ...

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