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Web Services BusinessActivity (WS-BusinessActivity) provides the definition of the business activity coordination type that is to be used with the extensible coordination framework described in the WS-Coordination specification. The specification defines two specific agreement coordination protocols for the business activity coordination type: BusinessAgreementWithParticipantCompletion, and BusinessAgreementWithCoordinatorCompletion. Developers can use any or all of these protocols when building applications that require consistent agreement on the outcome of long-running distributed activities. 

Organizations: IBM, BEA, and Microsoft

More information: WS-BusinessActivity page on the OASIS website

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