Web services standards for vertical industries and grid computing are on the agenda at the Organization for the Advancement for Structured Information Standards (OASIS).
Patrick Gannon, OASIS chief executive and president, told ComputerWire he expects more input from end-users during the next year, who will help shape web service while work on standards around gird and autonomic computing will come to life through a number of new committees.
The fire, though, seems to have gone from at least one previously hot topic – the existence of rival standards for the way web services talk to each other, standards that have been stewarded by OASIS and the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C).
Between 2002 and 2003, rival industry alliances centered around IBM Corp and Microsoft Corp on the one hand, and Sun Microsystems and Oracle, on the other, respectively pushed Business Process Execution Language (BPEL) for Web Services and WS-Choreography.
Ultimately, BPEL rested with OASIS while WS-Choreography was passed to the W3C, although it seemed to be the WS- Choreography camp who reached out to BPEL, by joining the rival effort’s meetings help foster dialogue and avoid a standards split.
Gannon, in a recent interview, told ComputerWire discussions have continued between the two groups, with members of WS-Choreography deciding their work is complementary, and does not overlap with BPEL.
We have been encouraging convergence, but we don’t mandate it, Gannon said.
Gannon, meanwhile, believes web services standards are crossing the chasm in industry acceptance and implementation, but need greater maturity in areas like security. Helping develop these standards are users, especially those in government, who are important because they create the frameworks that agencies and businesses in their own countries adopt. Gannon believes users’ input will become more active during the coming months as standards are tailored to the needs of specific sectors.
Over the next year, you will see more end user committees formed to create a specific implementation of web services in their specific industry. This will help drive requirements, Gannon said.
He added the next wave of new standards work at OASIS would be in grid computing – an area pushed particularly strongly in the industry generally by companies like Oracle and IBM. Gannon expects OASIS committees to be formed tackling semantics and business rules during the coming months.