Practical Process Automation: Orchestration and Integration in Microservices and Cloud Native Architectures

Ruecker, Bernd



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? This book provides a framework through examples and practical advice, and reveals how you can design complex processes in such an environment to deliver true business value.

Systems that become more distributed, asynchronous, and reactive usually require state handling to deal with long-running interactions. Author Bernd Ruecker 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.

With this guide, you'll discover how process automation compares to business process management, service-oriented architecture, batch processing, event streaming, and data pipeline solutions.

  • 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


Bernd Rücker has been in the software development field for more than 15 years, automating highly scalable workflows at global companies including T-Mobile, Lufthansa, and Zalando and contributing to various open-source workflow engines. He is the Co-Founder and Chief Technologist of Camunda - an open-source software company reinventing workflow automation. Along with his Co-Founder, he wrote "Real-Life BPMN," a popular book about workflow modeling and automation, which is now in its sixth edition and available in English, German and Spanish. Today, Bernd regularly speaks at international conferences and writes for various magazines, focusing on new workflow automation paradigms that fit into modern architectures around distributed systems, microservices, domain-driven design, event-driven architecture, and reactive systems.