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A Book about Orchestration and Integration in Microservices and Cloud-Native Architectures

In today’s IT architectures, microservices and serverless functions play an increasingly important role. But how can you create meaningful, comprehensive, and connected business solutions if the individual components are decoupled and independent by design? How does this all affect business processes and process automation?

I’ve been thinking about this question for a long time now, and I discussed it with many customers in real-life scenarios. This resulted in many blog posts, conference talks and articles. This again led to countless discussions, that showed one thing clearly: We need guidance.

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Today I am thrilled to announce that I’ve condensed my experience (and of course the whole Camunda team’s to some extent) in a book called “Practical Process Automation” published by O’Reilly.

The book provides a framework through examples and practical advice, and reveals how you can design complex processes in modern architectures to deliver true business value.

I will demonstrates how to use process automation technology to apply typical long-running patterns around resiliency, messaging, orchestration, or consistency, without forcing your service implementation to become stateful itself. This is especially important, as modern systems become more distributed, asynchronous, and reactive and thus require state handling to deal with long-running interactions.

I further describe how process automation compares to business process management, service-oriented architecture, batch processing, event streaming, and data pipeline solutions.

From the cover:

  • Learn how to utilize process automation in cloud-scale or low-latency scenarios
  • Explore options for designing architecture that facilitates process automation
  • Learn methods for modeling processes properly to avoid potential pitfalls
  • Understand the difference between orchestration and choreography and how to balance both
  • Examine process automation use cases to learn viable solutions and appreciate the possibilities


I am excited that this book is now available in early release. The first four chapters are already live, and more will follow soon.

I plan to finish content end of Q1/2021. As I already have a first draft of the whole book, so I am confident 🙂 By the way: If you fancy doing a review of the content, contact me!

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