In a bid to provide users with the necessary tools to deploy web services in a commercial environment, HP will to submit a specification for managing web services to Oasis (Organisation for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards).
Supported by Ascential Software, Bea Systems, Iona, Oracle, Sun Microsystems, Tibco and webMethods, HP hopes to break down the barriers that prevent users from rolling out applications built using third-party web services.
"We want to make it easier for people to develop end-to-end service delivery," said George Bathurst, HP's service management strategy manager.
Notably missing from the line-up of support were IBM and Microsoft, both of which have contributed significantly to the development of web services standards.
Commenting on their absence, Bathhurst said, "It is our aim to be open. We are working with as many people as possible."
HP's OpenView family is one of the leading tools for managing enterprise infrastructure.
While standards like SNMP (simple network management protocol) are available for managing the technical infrastructure, system management tools suppliers now recognise to the need to manage IT from a business process perspective, said Neil Maceiter, a research director at Ovum.
"It would not surprise me if IBM or Computer Associates announced similar standards initiatives,” he said. “I hope they submit their specifications to the same standards committee."
The worst case scenario is that companies such as CA, IBM and Microsoft ignore the work HP is doing with Oasis, and attempt to create rival specification for managing web services, Maceiter warned.