By rtenhove on Feb 07, 2008
BPEL4People and WS-Human Task are a pair of specifications that have recently submitted to OASIS for standardization. These important standards address many of the work flow-related problems related to using WS-BPEL, providing a standard way of modeling and executing business processes that include so-called human tasks.
One of my first comments to the WS-BPEL TC, when I joined it way back in 2003, was that BPEL needed to accommodate assignment of work items to humans. Unfortunately this was dismissed as "out of scope" (and that is probably a good thing, or the TC would still be active today!). I am gratified that other participants in the BPEL community realized that this was a real problem, and I'm grateful today to join them in submitting these two new specifications for standardization.