CERN Extends SOA Flexibility via Visual Orchestration

CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research in Geneva, Switzerland, is using "visual orchestration" from Active Endpoints to ensure its SOA projects are flexible enough to meet a wide range of project goals for IT, business and administrative users.

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CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research in Geneva, Switzerland, is using "visual orchestration" from Active Endpoints to ensure its SOA projects are flexible enough to meet a wide range of project goals for IT, business and administrative users.

Using ActiveVOS, CERN, one of the world's largest centers for scientific research, has integrated and automated all its core processes as well as integrated those processes with the many external systems required by this dispersed workforce.

Using ActiveVOS's capabilities for process versioning, retry policies, error and exception handling, integrated debugging and support for open standards, CREN has completed over 1,200,000 process instances, and adds some 12,000 new BPEL (Business Process Execution Language) processes every day, according CERN section leader Derek Mathieson.

"Automating all of the essential business processes such as arranging travel, ordering materials, authorizing access to controlled areas for our 11,500 users from all over the world was a complex challenge," Mathieson said in a statement. In specific, CERN used ActiveVOS to automated its internal administrative processes including its annual performance reviews and safety alarm activation.

"We are now able to support our large community of scientists and our staff, ensuring they spend their time on research and not administrative tasks," Mathieson added.

According to Active Endpoints, ActiveVOS is the first 100% standards-based, complete visual orchestration system for creating applications based on services-oriented architecture (SOA). Using ActiveVOS, business analysts, developers, managers and end users use a single, integrated system to design, deploy and manage business processes, the company said.

"CERN's experience shows the value of creating true SOA-based service orchestrations," said Eric Egertson, vice president, sales, Active Endpoints, in a statement. "In addition to its history of invention and its core scientific mission, CERN operates in a massively complex, worldwide collaboration. By using ActiveVOS to tame this complexity, CERN has demonstrated, once and for all, the value of 100% standards-based SOA technology."



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