Traditionally Business Process Management (BPM) and Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) have been pursued as two independent initiatives. Recently, the BPM-SOA combination is being advocated as the best approach, enterprises have, to bring a closer alignment between business processes and IT resources and reach the desired business agility and responsiveness to changing business requirements. This article takes a closer look to the BPM-SOA convergence trend. It recognizes that the convergence landscape is not as smooth as many believe. The article then tries to sketch a roadmap to further facilitate a broader BPM-SOA adoption, while identifying the main hurdles standing in the BPM-SOA convergence landscape.
[This article is available as a PDF only. It originally appeared on Ubiquity, Volume 8, Issue 14 (April 10 - April 16, 2007).]