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eClarus Leads the Pack in BPMN-BPEL Roundtripping

Blog: Method & Style (Bruce Silver)

Those of you who have followed the threads in BPMS Watch on the BPMN-BPEL round-tripping problem — keeping the business-oriented process model in sync with the executable implementation throughout the process lifecycle — may have noticed a comment from Henry Yu of eClarus saying, essentially, we think we’ve solved this, check it out. So I did. Very interesting. Not solved yet, to my way of thinking, but I’d agree with Henry that eClarus leads the pack.

The company is a small startup in the Seattle area. Their mission statement is refreshingly encouraging: “Easy, productive collaboration among business analysts and IT architects for agile, well-governed development and integration.” Their product is a BPMN modeling tool that generates BPEL, and can also take BPEL and generate BPMN. The latter piece, obviously central to the round-tripping idea, has been described by other vendors I talked to as “too hard” or “huh?”, but according to eClarus, BPEL to BPMN is easy. It’s the BPMN to BPEL that’s hard, because — as I’ve written before re my ITP-Commerce experience — it’s easy to draw things that don’t map easily to BPEL.

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