Oasis to Unveil SOA Committee

By Darryl K. Taft  |  Posted 2005-08-15

SAN FRANCISCO—The organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards this week will announce a new technical committee focused on service-oriented architecture blueprints.

Miko Matsumura, vice president of technology at Infravio Inc., of Cupertino, Calif., and proposed chair of the SOA Adoption Blueprints Technical Committee at OASIS, said the blueprints are basically sample applications designed to show how SOA works.

Initially, The Middleware Co. started the SOA blueprints effort, but when TechTarget acquired the company last year, it did not want to pursue the blueprints effort, Matsumura said at the LinuxWorld Conference & Expo here last week. Matsumura got TechTarget to sell the SOA blueprints effort to him for $1. "I have transferred that asset to OASIS to use royalty-free," he said.

Although the initial blueprint to come out of OASIS will be generic, "we will be doing vertical profiles to deliver use cases or blueprints for vertical segments," Matsumura said. When the SOA blueprints effort got under way, major names in the Web services business signed on and did implementations, including Microsoft Corp. and Sun Microsystems Inc., Matsumura said.

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Matsumura said that he attempted to transfer the SOA blueprints effort to the Web Services Interoperability Organization and then to the Eclipse Foundation, and "then we talked to Jamie Clark at OASIS and found a good fit there."

James Bryce Clark, OASIS director of standards development, in Los Angeles, said: "Its very encouraging to see strong demand for clear guidance on practical methods used in service-oriented systems. At OASIS, architectural-level projects such as this new committee can work closely with functional standards to demonstrate how these technologies combine to solve real-world business problems."

Matsumura said he wanted to "shift from middleware vendors telling people what they should buy to an end user telling companies what their requirements are."

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