IBM, BEA, Microsoft and TIBCO Go To OASIS

    April 19, 2005

BEA Systems Inc., IBM Corp., Microsoft Corp. and TIBCO Software Inc. today announced they will submit the latest version of the Web Services ReliableMessaging (WS-RM) specification.

The specifications are made up of protocol and policy assertions, to the Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards (OASIS) for further review and finalization as a Web services standard. Using feedback from across the industry, the co-authors proposed a technical committee and charter to enable further review and industry collaboration on the proposed standard.

WS-RM has received broad industry support with a number of implementations beyond the authoring companies stemming from a series of workshops for feedback, with the most recent workshop having been held April 13–14, 2005. Many other companies and organizations, including Actional, Adobe, Arjuna, Blue Titan, Choreology, Ericsson, IONA, OAGi, Reactivity, Sonic, Sun Microsystems, Systinet, webMethods, the U.K. government, and the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, support the launch of this effort in OASIS.

“Our customers will benefit from the functions that WS-RM provides as they develop more secure, reliable business applications based on Web services,” said Karla Norsworthy, vice president of software standards at IBM. “With this technology, delivery of messages between partners, suppliers and customers can be assured in an efficient and scalable way that will support both enterprise-level applications utilizing middleware and simpler point-to-point applications. With the submission to OASIS, we look forward to further industry contributions and adoption.”

The co-authors are committed to the development of open industry standards to help drive widespread adoption of Web services and will not charge royalties in conjunction with WS-RM. The co-authors are looking forward to future collaboration in helping to bring together a more cohesive and composable Web services architecture.

John Stith is a staff writer for WebProNews covering technology and business.