Processes, Workflows, Web Service Flows: A Reconstruction

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Abstract

The last decade was heavily focusing on process-oriented approaches for application integration. It started with the advent of workflow management technology at the beginning of the nineties. This development has been continued with the definition of flow concepts for Web services. In this article, we discuss the purpose and advantages of process-oriented concepts for application integration. Therefore, workflow technology and Web service flows are briefly introduced. Then we assess both technologies with respect to their role in application integration. Especially, we will reconstruct the fundamental differences between workflows and Web services.