Business Process Execution Language for Web Services (BPEL)

BPEL is a specification jointly authored by IBM, Microsoft, and BEA that formed part of a trio of specifications which also included application Web service coordination and transactions to support the development of reliable, inter-enterprise workflows. The central tenet of BPEL is the ability to capture both the constituent activities of a workflow and relationships between partners involved in that workflow in a platform-neutral format (XML), and support the highest possible level of interoperability by basing the technology on commonly adopted Web services standards. BPEL is grounded on the WSDL 1.1 specification, where stateless Web service interfaces are augmented with state management ...

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