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Enterprise SOA: Service-Oriented Architecture Best Practices by Dirk Slama, Karl Banke, Dirk Krafzig

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Chapter 7. SOA and Business Process Management

In previous chapters, we discussed the general “renovation roadmap” that describes the evolution of an enterprise IT infrastructure toward a more agile Service-Oriented Architecture. We examined fundamental and networked SOAs as the initial stages in great detail. According to our roadmap, the final stage in this evolution are process-enabled SOAs. Although process-centric services can be realized in many different ways (and can thus take many different shapes and forms), business process management (BPM) represents possibly the most consequent approach to process-enabling an SOA. Consequently, we provide a general introduction to BPM in this chapter, followed by a discussion on how BPM fits into ...

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