Title: Implementation of business processes in service-oriented systems

Authors: Jaroslav Kral, Michal Zemlicka

Addresses: Faculty of Mathematics and Physics, Department of Software Engineering, Charles University, Malostranske nam. 25, 118 00 Praha 1, Czech Republic. ' Faculty of Mathematics and Physics, Department of Software Engineering, Charles University, Malostranske nam. 25, 118 00 Praha 1, Czech Republic

Abstract: Service-oriented software systems (SOSS) are the most promising philosophy, methodology and tool of contemporary software engineering. SOSS are virtual peer-to-peer networks of autonomous software components behaving like the services in real world mass service systems. However, service-oriented systems have no inherent tool to support business processes. The paper proposes an implementation of business processes in SOSS allowing them to meet practical requirements. The implementation can be easily improved to allow datastores to be integrated into SOSS and used together with the classical message passing middleware. It indicates that service orientation is based on a paradigm different from the object-oriented one. The proposed solution leads to a specific structure of peer-to-peer architecture and requires development cycle aspects substantially different from the classical software development cycle.

Keywords: software confederation; business processes; service orientation; software engineering; service-oriented software systems; peer-to-peer networks; P2P networks.

DOI: 10.1504/IJBPIM.2008.023220

International Journal of Business Process Integration and Management, 2008 Vol.3 No.3, pp.208 - 219

Available online: 14 Feb 2009 *

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