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Web services management standard sought

More than a dozen IT supplier have announced that they will work together to develop a standard way to manage web services...

More than a dozen IT supplier have announced that they will work together to develop a standard way to manage web services technologies used in distributed applications.

The list of participating companies include IBM, Hewlett-Packard and Sun Microsystems, plus developers of management tools, such as BMC Software, Computer Associates International and Novell, according to a statement by the Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards (Oasis) consortium.

Microsoft was not on the list, and a Microsoft official said web services management is an important topic but added that the company has decided not to join the Oasis effort at this point.

Oasis said the new Web Services Distributed Management (WSDM) technical committee it is setting up will work with other standards bodies, including the World Wide Web Consortium and Distributed Management Task Force.

Jason Bloomberg, an analyst at ZapThink, said the WSDM committee might be able to produce a standard within a year. Microsoft's absence was not significant for now, since it could adopt the standard once it is published.

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