Sun Takes Seat on WS-I Board

By Cameron Sturdevant  |  Posted 2003-04-07 Print this article Print

Sun Microsystems won a two-year term March 25 on the Web Services Interoperability Organization board of directors.

Sun Microsystems won a two-year term March 25 on the Web Services Interoperability Organization board of directors. I caught up with Mark Hapner, chief Web services strategist for Sun, and asked him to outline the companys plans, now that its an "insider."

Hapner started with a circumspect approach to his new board seat, acknowledging that while Sun has been a member of several WS-I working groups, he needs to learn the ropes of the boards process. However, he clearly has thoughts on what Sun would like to see happen at WS-I.

"Were interested in helping the WS-I open up some of the procedures. In the initial stages of any organization, there needs to be tight control, and now the WS-I is at a stage where it is opening up," Hapner said.

In addition to a technical contribution, Sun hopes to push for a royalty-free license model, formal liaisons with other standards groups—including the World Wide Web Consortium and OASIS, among others—and adding membership levels that will make it easier for end users to join WS-I, Hapner said. Whether Sun is successful or not, IT managers should push for membership involvement in WS-I so that the specifications that are adopted by the group are truly interoperable. This means enterprise managers will have choices in selecting applications that work in the loosely coupled mode envisioned by the Web services model.

Based on my conversation with Hapner, its clear that it will take pressure from the end-user community to foster cooperation among the technology developers who are defining the building blocks of the next generation of distributed computing.

Cameron Sturdevant Cameron Sturdevant is the executive editor of Enterprise Networking Planet. Prior to ENP, Cameron was technical analyst at PCWeek Labs, starting in 1997. Cameron finished up as the eWEEK Labs Technical Director in 2012. Before his extensive labs tenure Cameron paid his IT dues working in technical support and sales engineering at a software publishing firm . Cameron also spent two years with a database development firm, integrating applications with mainframe legacy programs. Cameron's areas of expertise include virtual and physical IT infrastructure, cloud computing, enterprise networking and mobility. In addition to reviews, Cameron has covered monolithic enterprise management systems throughout their lifecycles, providing the eWEEK reader with all-important history and context. Cameron takes special care in cultivating his IT manager contacts, to ensure that his analysis is grounded in real-world concern. Follow Cameron on Twitter at csturdevant, or reach him by email at

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