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ActiveBPEL Community Edition Supports WS-Human Task and BPEL4People

Active Endpoints Ships First Open-Source System to Include People in Composite Applications

New BPEL4People and WS-Human Task Specifications to Eliminate Proprietary Workflow, Speed Delivery of Services-Based Applications

Waltham, MA, USA. February 14, 2008.

Active Endpoints, Inc. (, the inventor of visual orchestration systems (VOS), today announced the availability of Milestone 1 of ActiveBPEL Community Edition 5.0 Server.

ActiveBPEL 5.0 represents the world's first release of an open-source implementation of both BPEL4People and WS-Human Task. These specifications allow human interactions to be included in services-based applications. By incorporating human tasks in composite applications, WS-Human Task and BPEL4People expand project teams' flexibility and efficiency in delivering standards-based solutions.

With BPEL4People and WS-Human Task, application developers no longer have to cede control of business logic to proprietary workflow engines. Instead, these specifications allow human interaction to become a core, natural and open part of creating, deploying, testing and maintaining standards-based applications. For project teams struggling with the complexity of integrating closed workflow systems into composite applications, BPEL4People is a breakthrough specification and makes WS-BPEL itself an even more compelling alternative to overweight, piece-parts approaches to creating composite applications.

Active Endpoints is an author of both the WS-Human Task and BPEL4People specifications. As a co-submitter of these specifications to OASIS, the company will play an active role in improving these through its participation in the OASIS WS-BPEL Extension for People Technical Committee. By releasing ActiveBPEL 5.0 Milestone 1 to the open source community, the company hopes to gain experience in the implementation of these specifications in order to permit Active Endpoints to more quickly promote the specifications as OASIS standards. Rapid finalization of these specifications will deliver major productivity to project teams interested in modernizing applications using standards-based technologies.

Features and Availability

Milestone 1 of ActiveBPEL Community Edition 5.0 Server is available for download at:

In addition to containing BPEL4People and WS-Human Task, ActiveBPEL Community Edition 5.0 Server provides comprehensive support of the BPEL 1.1 specification and the WS-BPEL 2.0 standard. The server supports the full complement of BPEL activities including event handling, exception handling and scope/compensation management. The ActiveBPEL Community Edition 5.0 Server also includes advanced capabilities such as deployment packaging, process persistence, event notifications and console APIs. Developers and others interested in gaining early experience with the standards-based systems for creating services-based applications are invited to download the Milestone 1 release as an introduction to the full capabilities of a visual orchestration system.

About Active Endpoints, Inc.

Active Endpoints ( is the leading developer of Visual Orchestration Systems. VOS empowers line of business project teams to create applications using services and industry standards, making their businesses more agile and effective. Active Endpoints' ActiveVOS is the first product family to promote mass adoption of SOA-enabled applications by focusing on accelerating project delivery time with a standards-based, easy to use system. Active Endpoints is headquartered in Waltham, MA with development facilities in Shelton, CT.


Active Endpoints, Inc.
Sonal Rajan
Tel: +1 203-929-9400

Prepared by Robin Cover for The XML Cover Pages archive. See also: (1) WS-BPEL for People (BPEL4People) main reference document; (2) the January 2008 news story "WS-BPEL Extension for People (BPEL4People) TC."

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