OASIS Takes Another Step on SOA

    May 3, 2005

OASIS, the consortium of electronic business mega corporations, takes another step in its goal of international standards for the internet world. They announced the development of a committee to create a reference model for service-oriented-architectures (SOA-RM).

“The term SOA is used in an increasing number of contexts with differing-and even conflicting-meanings,” said Duane Nickull of Adobe Systems, chair of the OASIS SOA-RM Technical Committee. “If SOA is architecture, as the name implies, then we should define it as architecture. The reference model we create will be useful for the entire industry, offering a way to preserve a common layer of understanding across multiple service oriented environments and architectures.”

Specifically, the SOA reference model will offer an understanding of the core elements within a service oriented environment and the associations and relationships among those elements. The reference model itself will not be directly tied to any standards, technologies or other concrete implementation details. Rather, it will be an abstract, designed to be used as a tool by software and enterprise architects developing specific SOAs.

“In addition to vendors, there is a significant contingent of SOA end users from across the globe rallying around this work to define the basic, common elements of any service-oriented system,” noted James Bryce Clark, Director of Standards Development at OASIS. He cited participation from government agencies such as Japan’s Electronic Commerce Promotion Council, Canada’s Public Works and Government Services, and USA’s Department of Homeland Security, as well as users that include Boeing, General Motors, Lockheed-Martin, Mitre, and VISA.

The OASIS SOA-RM Technical Committee already has more than 45 members, and participation remains open to all organizations and individuals, especially those directly involved in the design, documentation, or implementation of SOAs. As with all OASIS projects, archives of the Committee’s work are accessible to both members and non-members, and OASIS hosts an open mail list for public comment.

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“As a leader in Service Oriented Architecture Infrastructure, we are focused on rapid implementation and adoption of emerging standards and are deeply committed to the standards process,” said Roberto Medrano, Executive Vice President at SOA Software. “The SOA reference model will promote a deeper understanding of the value employing a correctly designed service-oriented architecture can bring to large enterprise and government organizations.”

There was an excellent column on SOAs on WebProNews back in October. I recommend checking it out for anyone who needs a good run down on what SOAs are and there pros and cons.

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