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Subject: FW: [chairs] RE: New OASIS TC FAQ Pages
Hello all, As mentioned earlier (and below), OASIS is asking all TCs to provide a FAQ page. Attached is a draft version of what could serve as our FAQ page. Please take a look and be prepared to raise any concerns/questions/suggestions about the FAQ at our conf call next week. Thanks in advance for your time and suggestions! Sincerely, JohnE > -----Original Message----- > From: Carol Geyer [mailto:email@example.com] > Sent: Wednesday, August 13, 2003 1:17 PM > To: TC chairs > Cc: Sharon Burbine > Subject: [chairs] RE: New OASIS TC FAQ Pages > > OASIS TC chairs, > We've extended the deadline on OASIS TC FAQ pages to 2 September. > > At that time, Sharon will add an "FAQ" link to all the TC navs (those > links on the main TC page in the upper right purple box, "Charter, IPR > Statement, etc."). It's a blanket move that will affect all the TCs at > once. If you have not submitted FAQ content by 2 Sept, we'll create a > placeholder page for your TC's FAQ (that says something like 'content > coming soon'). > > Please let us know if you will be unable to meet the 2 Sept deadline or > if there's anything we can do to assist you. Keep in mind, you can > always edit the FAQ at any time. > > Thanks, > Carol > > > -----Original Message----- > From: Carol Geyer [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org] > Sent: Thursday, August 07, 2003 3:55 PM > To: TC chairs > Cc: Sharon Burbine > Subject: New OASIS TC FAQ Pages > > > On 25 August, OASIS will be adding a new FAQ page to each TC's public > website. This will make it easier for prospective users, editors, people > who may be considering joining the TC, and others to find answers to > some basic questions on your work. > > Each TC will be responsible for creating its own FAQ content. The > following are just general suggestions to get you started; obviously > each TC will have specific FAQ appropriate for its work. > > What is the need for this specification? > > Who should be involved in this development? > > Who will benefit from this work and how? > > How does this work compare with related efforts at other standards > organizations? > > When will this specification be completed? > > > Please let me know if you need assistance in writing an FAQ for your TC. > Completed FAQs should be sent to email@example.com before 25 Aug > for posting. You may edit your FAQ at any time after it's posted. > > Regards, > Carol > > ____________________________________________ > Carol Geyer > Director of Communications > OASIS > http://www.oasis-open.org > firstname.lastname@example.org > Voice: +1 978.667.5115 x209 > > > > > > You may leave a Technical Committee at any time by visiting http://www.oasis- > open.org/apps/org/workgroup/chairs/members/leave_workgroup.php
1. What is the need for the BPEL specification? Today's web services standards are stateless, meaning that an interaction lasts as long as it takes to get a message from one place to another. However, business processes are far from stateless: they are potentially very complex and require a long series of time and data dependent interactions. These must happen in the appropriate sequence and they need to specify the actions to be taken should an exception occur. BPEL4WS is a language for describing that sequence of interactions and exception handling in an interoperable way that can be shared across platforms, applications, transports and protocols. The Business Process Execution Language is a XML-based language for formally describing interoperable business processes and business interaction protocols. It defines how web services are connected together and in what sequence in order to accomplish a particular task The BPEL4WS specification builds on the foundation of web services specifications, such as SOAP, XML, WSDL, and UDDI, with the goal of facilitating sophisticated web services scenarios involving business transactions. BPEL4WS will serve as a basis for web services orchestration by creating the needed specifications to formally describe interoperable business processes and business interaction protocols. BPEL4WS V1.1 is an update to the BPEL4WS specification published by IBM, Microsoft, and BEA on August 9th 2002. The revised document is a modularized and updated version of the original specification that clearly identifies the core concepts and required extensions for BPEL4WS. 2. Who should be involved in this development? Vendors interested in providing business process management products using web services technologies. Anyone with an interest in helping web services evolve from simple messaging to long-lived, highly complex, cross enterprise collaborative processes. Organizations interested in ensuring the deployment of vertical/industry-specific business processes into loosely-coupled web services environments. 3. Who will benefit from this work and how? Companies interested in automating and integrating their internal business processes or thoese related to interactions with their partners. Any organization planning to deploy and support complex business processes using web services. To solve real-life business problems, companies may need to invoke multiple web services applications inside their firewalls and across networks to communicate with their customers, partners, and suppliers. The BPEL4WS specification allows you to sequence and coordinate internal and external web services to accomplish your business tasks. This means that the result of one web service may influence which web service gets called next and it also means that multiple web services can be coordinated when they must all succeed or fail together as a group. 4. How does this work compare with related efforts at other standards organizations? BPEL4WS provides a convergence of the structured process orientation of XLANG with the graph-oriented approach of WSFL, providing a foundation for a rich variety of business process modeling styles. BPEL4WS also supports both process interface models and executable process models using a common set of core concepts. Other initiatives address process interface models but do not provide support for graph-oriented models (commonly used in the process modeling world). BPEL technologies can be composed with the other web services specifications such as security, policy, trust, reliable messaging, transactions and coordination to provide robust , secure, reliable, transacted business solutions. 5. When will this specification be completed? We expect to deliver a revised version of the BPEL4WS specification in early 2004.