OWB and Oracle Workflow - going forwards

Many people have seen the OWF statement of direction and get worried that OWB uses this heavily in their solution. Well, there is no reason to worry... While OWF as a standalone product will do what the statements say, products that are relying on the OWF solution will keep using the latest version (2.6.4) going forward.

For 11g OWB the integration is getting tighter as we will bundle and install the approriate OWF code with the OWB install. In other words you will be getting a WF directory under the OWB node in the Oracle home.

While we are talking about this, just to give away a little bit on the 11g release for OWB, the install is one of the things we did some major rework on. If you install an 11g database, you will get the core OWB pieces installed making it much simpler to start using the tool. Simply point it at an 11g database and you can create your new repository (no SYSDBA required anymore!) and get going. With OWF installed that step is taken out of the equation as well...

While I know that this is not an official statement of what is going on, I hope it reconfirms that OWF is still a very much alive solution component and will be available for use.

Comments:

ok. This is a little bit of relief but what some people have been advocating for is to start looking in to BPEL instead. The 2.6.4 version will be the last version ever, if I understand the statements correctly. Shouldn't new users start straight away with BPEL rather than locking in with OWF that will not have any code changes or improvements in the future? cheers, Borkur Steingrimsson

Posted by Borkur Steingrimsson on May 21, 2007 at 09:27 PM PDT #

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