ZapThink: Report Shows Web Services-based Process to Displace Integration Solutions / Implementing Service-Oriented Process Key to Meeting Business Agility Requirements

Implementing Service-Oriented Process Key to Meeting Business Agility RequirementsWALTHAM, MA, April 16, 2003

As enterprises apply Service-oriented architecture principles to business process management and automation, they will find that such “Service-Oriented Process” solutions will supplant the need for today’s integration solutions, concludes a report published today by ZapThink, LLC, an analyst firm focused on XML, Web Services, and Service-oriented architectures. The report concludes that Service-oriented process tools enable business users to assemble business-oriented Web Services into business processes that are themselves exposed as Web Services.

“The success of business depends upon IT systems that are able to deliver functionality that meets business requirements in a flexible, agile way,” explains Ronald Schmelzer, senior analyst at ZapThink, “Yet most corporate IT infrastructures are littered with a heterogeneous array of systems that perform isolated tasks reasonably well, but fail to fulfill core business requirements. Approaching business process from a Service-oriented perspective enables business requirements to drive IT capabilities in an agile, cost-effective manner.”

ZapThink’s “Service-Oriented Process” report delineates key supporting concepts including: orchestration, choreography, composition, collaboration, coordination, workflow, and transaction; and explains key specifications including: Business Process Execution Language for Web Services (BPEL4WS), Business Process Modeling Language (BPML), Business Process Modeling Notation (BPMN), Business Transaction Protocol (BTP), Conversation Support for Web Services (CS-WS), ebXML Business Process Specification Schema (BPSS), RosettaNet Partner Interface Processes (PIPs), SOAP Conversations, Web Services Choreography Interface (WSCI), Web Services Flow Language (WSFL), WS-Coordination, WS-Transaction, WS-Reliability, WS-ReliableMessaging, WS-Addressing, Extensible Process Definition Language (XPDL), Microsoft’s XLANG, and the W3C working group on Choreography. Other key findings of the report include:

  • The market for Service-Oriented Process solutions will grow from $120 Million in 2003 to over $8.3 Billion by 2008.
  • By 2005, over 70% of Web Services implementations will be process-driven.
  • The standards landscape will converge on a single choreography, orchestration, and process flow specification in the next 12-18 months.

The report profiles several vendors, including Akazi, BEA Systems (NASDAQ:BEAS), Bind Systems, BlazeSoft, Choreology, Collaxa, Commerce One, Digital Evolution, FiveSight, Fuego, Genient, HandySoft, IBM (NYSE:IBM), IDS-Scheer, Intalio, MEGA Systems, Novell (NASDAQ:NOVL), Metastorm, Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT), Oak Grove Systems, Pegasystems, Polar Lake, Popkin Software, Proforma, SAP, Savvion, Sonic Software (NASDAQ: PRGS), and Versata. The report also mentions Action Technologies, Arjuna Technologies, CSC, FileNet, Fujitsu, Hitachi, Informix, Intel, NEC, Oracle, PeopleSoft, SAP, Siebel Systems, Staffware, Sterling Commerce, Sun Microsystems, Sybase, and TIBCO. An executive summary of the report and purchasing information is available at the ZapThink Web site (

About ZapThink, LLC

Founded in October 2000, ZapThink, LLC ( is an industry research and analysis firm that provides quality, high-value, focused research, analysis, and insight on emerging technologies that will have a high impact on the way business will be run in the future. ZapThink focuses on XML and Web Services technologies that provide open, standards-based, loosely-coupled systems and represent an evolutionary advancement in computing and business. ZapThink is headquartered in Waltham, Massachusetts. Its customers include Global 1000 firms and emerging businesses.


Ronald Schmelzer
11 Willow Street, Suite 200
Waltham, MA 02453
Phone: +1 (781) 207 8534
Fax: +1 (786) 524 3186

Read the Full Savvion Report Here