Sun and webMethods land WS-I board seats

Sun Microsystems and webMethods have joined the board of the Web Services Interoperability Organisation (WS-I), but questions are...

Sun Microsystems and webMethods have joined the board of the Web Services Interoperability Organisation (WS-I), but questions are surfacing about the possibility of progress given the size of the board’s membership.

Mark Hapner, Sun’s chief web services strategist, and Andy Astor, vice president of enterprise web services at webMethods, will join representatives of WS-I founding members Accenture, BEA Systems, Fujitsu, Hewlett-Packard, IBM, Intel, Microsoft, Oracle and SAP.

Cape Clear, Nokia, SeeBeyond, and VeriSign were unsuccessful in their bids to serve on the board.

WS-I was formed in February 2002, and webMethods wants to extend it to include more end-users, Astor said.

"We think it’s really important to extend the membership to end-user companies, IT organisations, [and] systems integrators."

The election of Sun and webMethods emphasises their importance in the web services standards arena, said Ted Schadler, principal analyst at Forrester Research.

But the size of the board, now 11 members, could make it unwieldy, he added. "The board is very big, and big boards have trouble moving."

WS-I is set for a May release of its Basic Profile 1.0, which focuses on building Web services using Soap, WSDL, and UDDI, Hapner said.

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