BiPRO takes SOA to the next level!

The advocates of Service Orientation always pointed out that SOA comprises 50% technology and 50% business. At BiPRO this vision becomes true.
BiPRO is a standardization organization for the insurance industry. BiPRO has members from the entire market including well known insurance companies and agents. By standardizing services at the business level using proven technical standards, BiPRO . . . → Read More: BiPRO takes SOA to the next level!

How to Link WSDL-Services To BPMN-Processes

Since BPMN2.0 it is not only possible to design processes but to also execute them using a process engine. The process flow has a appropriate visual representation in the standard. But executable processes are mostly data driven. They interact with external services and exchange data with them. In addition to that processes maintain their own internal . . . → Read More: How to Link WSDL-Services To BPMN-Processes

Web Service Security on BiPRO Day

At the upcoming BiPRO day on 11.June 2013
I am going to give a presentation introducing the most important standards in the area of web service security. The aim is to show the purpose of the standards and how they work together to create secure and interoperable message based web service solutions.

About BiPRO day:
“Einmal im . . . → Read More: Web Service Security on BiPRO Day

Integrated Process Management with Open Source

If you ever tried to create an execution environment to automate business- or integration processes based on Open Source products, you know that this is not an easy task. Although Open Source products like Activiti or Apache Camel are of high quality, they do not run with production grade quality out-of-the-box. For serious usage scenarios typically . . . → Read More: Integrated Process Management with Open Source

Business Process Evolution and Versioning

(Automated) business processes evolve over time! And they usually evolve faster than IT systems do.
So how can business process changes be delivered to the users quickly?

Let’s look at an example:
Assume we have a process for vacation planning for the staff of a large company. Initially the process was automated based on the knowledge of the human . . . → Read More: Business Process Evolution and Versioning

Scrum and Silverlight in Reinsurance

Today I would like to share a success story of a project I accompanied as Scrum Coach and Solution Architect from analysis to production.

Main success factors were:

Scrum (Agile Development)
Cross functional Team
Service-oriented Design (SOA)
Silverlight RIA

You can read more in the case study Modernization of business . . . → Read More: Scrum and Silverlight in Reinsurance

Core Values of Great Software

Over the last decade I have seen many software solutions. Some excellent and some really bad ones. But most solutions were somewhere in the middle. They just did what they were supposed to do.

But is this really good enough? I don’t think so. Especially today where time to market is critical and the budgets are limited, . . . → Read More: Core Values of Great Software

Schema first contract design

One of the most important artifacts in Service-oriented Architecture (SOA) is the service contract. The contract defines how service producers and consumers interact with each other. Most people agree that a contract first approach is the preferred way of creating service contracts. WSDL based service contracts are very common. In many projects they are generated by . . . → Read More: Schema first contract design

Forms Over Data vs. Domain Driven Design

A common challenge in Service-oriented architecture (SOA) is the design of service contracts. Beside many variations we see two basic types of contracts.

Forms over data (FOD) is an approach in which the forms in the user interface directly reflects the data structures in a database. The service-layer, if present, primarily offers create, read, update and delete (CRUD) operations for the . . . → Read More: Forms Over Data vs. Domain Driven Design

Increase Efficiency using Groovy, DSL and SOA

Recently SpringSource published a case study of a project which I supported as system architect and lead developer from concept to production.
The case study shows how organisations can greatly increase efficiency by the use of modern technology approaches such as Groovy, SOA and Domain Specific Languages (DSL).
You can read the case . . . → Read More: Increase Efficiency using Groovy, DSL and SOA