Thursday, April 10, 2003

Bob Sutor on Web Service Standards

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But is there any one hot-button issue that people can't agree on?The one spot where people are still facing off is on choreography and that really goes to the politics of the standards organizations themselves. But the momentum for standards for Web services has clearly shifted to OASIS (Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards). The W3C has decided that it wants to start a group around Web services choreography; IBM doesn't necessarily think that's the right choice or right venue, but we'll see how it works out.

Will IBM abide by the decision?
In what sense?

If they decide on something that's not to IBM's liking, will you be good soldiers and abide by the decision of the group?
Who's the group though? The W3C staff or the 500 member companies? That's where it gets little difficult because if you look at the models of the W3C and OASIS, they are very different. The W3C has a very strong centralized model of control; OASIS is far more decentralized so it doesn't necessarily make any difference what the OASIS staff feels about standards. They are more focused on providing the environment for people to get together. So you have this tension between them.

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