"It seems a shame Microsoft and IBM want to take their work in a separate direction from WS-Choreography," said Eric Newcomer, chief technology officer at Iona Technologies Inc., Waltham, Mass. "If I were the W3C, Id be concerned about the indication here of a possible shift in the balance of power between W3C and OASIS in Web services specifications. Its been a kind of open question in the industry over the past couple of years about who would take the leading role in Web services standardization. This is the first time that a directly competing TC [technical committee] was established by OASIS that overlaps with a WG [working group] already established at W3C. And this is also an instance where Sun and Oracle are on one side, and Microsoft and IBM on the other, which has the potential for a serious rift." Ronald Schmelzer, an analyst with ZapThink LLC, a Cambridge, Mass., market research firm, said: "The submission of BPEL to OASIS is a great step for BPEL as well as Web Services in general. BPEL is a key specification aimed at providing a mechanism by which Web Services can be orchestrated into business processes, which can then be exchanged and choreographed with external processes. Business process is a critical aspect of adoption of Web Services and especially Service-Oriented Architectures since business processes are how companies define their business requirements that must then be implemented with Web Services. Without process, all you have is a jumble of Web Services. Specifications like BPEL bring order to the chaos by specifying a logical flow by which Web Services can be orchestrated to meet defined business requirements.""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. Latest Darryl Taft Stories:
Indeed, Schmelzer said the competing standards issue is a nuisance.