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By Darryl K. Taft  |  Posted 2003-04-16 Print this article Print

Indeed, Schmelzer said, the competing standards issue is a nuisance. "Now that BPEL is part of OASIS, we think vendors are going to flock to adopt the specification, which will benefit the industry as a whole," Schmelzer said. "The only issue is that this calls into question what the W3C has in mind for their WS choreography working group. They will have to find a way to interact with the OASIS group or find themselves forcing companies not only to choose specifications, but also a standards organization to align themselves with."
"The existence of multiple specifications is a clear indication that a gap exists in the market and that vendors must work to fill it," said Ismael Ghalmi, co-founder and chief strategy officer at Intalio Inc., in San Mateo, Calif. "We believe that it is in the best interest of the industry to unite behind standards. The formation of the OASIS technical committee and the submission of the BPEL specification to a standards body is a move in that direction."
Last month, IBM, Microsoft, BEA and Tibco Software Inc. announced two Web services reliability specifications that compete with a specification that already existed and was developed and sponsored by Sun, Oracle, Iona Technologies Inc., webMethods Inc. and several other companies. Some say the royalty-free stance of the W3C may have been a hindrance to IBM and Microsoft, which have typically sought to propose reasonable and non-discriminatory limits on the use of their technology. Some observers hinted that OASIS allows more wiggle room for setting what the terms of use might be. Most Recent Stories by Darryl Taft:

Darryl K. Taft covers the development tools and developer-related issues beat from his office in Baltimore. He has more than 10 years of experience in the business and is always looking for the next scoop. Taft is a member of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and was named 'one of the most active middleware reporters in the world' by The Middleware Co. He also has his own card in the 'Who's Who in Enterprise Java' deck.

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