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Seam Framework: Experience the Evolution of Java™ EE, Second Edition by Thomas Heute, Jacob Orshalick, Michael Juntao Yuan

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24 Managing Business Processes

Business process management is a crucial aspect in today’s enterprise applications. Instead of hardcoding the business flow in the application, business process engines allow the application to change its operation on the fly via configuration changes. Such flexibility allows the application to quickly adapt to changing business requirements.

Although many enterprise applications can benefit from configurable business processes, in reality, relatively few of them actually use business process engines. The reason is that the integration between web applications and business process engines is hard. Most developers would rather hardcode the business flow than deal with the integration problems. Seam ...

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