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Developing Enterprise Web Services: An Architect's Guide by James Webber - Ph.D., Sandeep Chatterjee - Ph.D.

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Chapter 6. Workflow

If a business is the sum of its processes, the orchestration and refinement of those processes is critical to an enterprise's continued viability in the marketplace. Businesses whose processes are agile and flexible will be able to adapt rapidly to and exploit new market conditions, while those businesses whose processes are poorly managed and inflexible will fall by the wayside.

In this chapter we examine the fundamentals of business process management, and show how workflow systems that automate business processes can be a valuable enterprise tool. Following the discussion on the theoretical aspects of workflow, we cover in depth the likely standard for Web services-based workflow: Business Process Execution Language for ...

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