Several of my customers are small independent start-ups that are heavily involved with OSS. Just recently a Web Service integration highlighted the amount of Java code necessary to broker interactions with external partners. The decision was made to examine the OSS marketplace for an ESB and BPEL development tools.
I will be examining the BPEL Project from Eclipse, Apache ODE and Apache ServiceMix. I was very suprised at the quality of Apache CXF and its inclusion in the ServiceMix container was one of the factors in proceeding with this evaluation.
The goal of the evaluation is to show the ability to compose a task service that will create users in two separate services (Apache CXF and Microsoft .Net). In addition, some of the mediation facilities will be examined for simplicity and flexibility.
Does anyone have thoughts on ServiceMix?
I may also attend a session at Sun related to their ESB/WS Tools next week. If I attend I will post my thoughts and how it rates with the niche Cape Clear solution and Apache solutons.