Oracle mounts service-oriented architecture push

Oracle is releasing a service-oriented-architecture-based product that it hopes will have appeal both inside and outside its...

Oracle is releasing a service-oriented-architecture-based product that it hopes will have appeal both inside and outside its installed base.

Oracle announced the Business Process Execution Language (BPEL) Process Manager, an application that it said will offer a web services-based means of automating workflows.

The software will allow users to tie together heterogeneous applications without relying on proprietary or complex third-party or homegrown point-to-point hooks, said Rob Cheng, product marketing director for Oracle application server and tools. 

BPEL Process Manager is based on software Oracle picked up when it purchased start-up Collaxa earlier this month. Capable of running on any J2EE-compatible server, BPEL Process Manager has open interfaces and is based on web services technologies such as Web Services Description Language, said Cheng.

This means, for instance, that a company that has created a transactional system for one supplier could take the existing definitions and reuse them with another supplier. 

The systems it creates are also portable to any J2EE-compliant platform. 

The tool can also exploit the business process management and web services capabilities in Oracle Application Server 10g. The application contains an execution engine, as well as a monitoring and management console that users can employ to debug business processes.

Marc L Songini writes for Computerworld

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