Group Looks to Enhance Global Web Services

The goal of a new OASIS technical committee is to create a global Web services framework for deploying multiplatform Web services worldwide.

Several OASIS members announced Monday the formation of a technical committee with an eye toward creating a global Web services framework for deploying multiplatform Web services worldwide.

The newly formed OASIS (Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards) FWSI (Framework for Web Services Implementation) technical committee—which includes Sun Microsystems Inc., RosettaNet, CommerceNet and Yellow Dragon Software Corp.—plans to build a template for Web services deployment that will enable systems integrators, software vendors and other developers to deliver Web services solutions.

The OASIS FWSI technical committee appears to be on a similar course to that of the Web Services Interoperability Organization (WS-I), in that both groups are seeking to provide building blocks for those developing Web services.

"Its important to point out that the goals of the FWSI Technical Committee and WS-I are truly complementary," said Jason Bloomberg, an analyst at ZapThink LLC, a Cambridge, Mass., market research firm. "The WS-Is mission is to provide profiles of standards that ensure interoperability, primarily for software vendors to follow so that IT users can select products that are guaranteed to be interoperable. The FWSI, however, will provide building blocks for enterprises to use to build their implementations. Such building blocks will likely also support the WS-I profiles available at the time. Therefore, we see little possibility for overlap, but rather the two efforts will likely work nicely together."

Bloombergs ZapThink colleague, Ron Schmelzer, added: "Part of the challenges that developers are facing today is that they are being called on to implement particularly challenging pieces of functionality ranging from Web services-based integration to secured, reliable, transacted, process-based, service-oriented architectures."

With complexity increasing for Web services developers, "Most likely, developers will increasingly seek to leverage the Web services tools and capabilities of their existing platform providers, and thus demand that the capabilities and promises of the OASIS and WS-I specs be built into those products," Schmelzer said.