The latest range of industry-standard mechanisms to control business web services could be delayed until the middle of next year.
Version 2.0 of the Web Services Business Process Execution Language, known as BPEL, is being delayed until the first half of 2006 because the Oasis standards body has put back the approval process because of outstanding issues with the technology.
BPEL is a standard used for managing critical web services areas like transactional and business-to-business XML-based data. It is widely supported by the likes of Microsoft, IBM, BEA Systems, Oracle and Sun Microsystems.
The original aim was to have BPEL 2.0 ready by the end of the year, but the Oasis technical committee dealing with the technology is still dealing with dozens of issues raised by Oasis member companies.
Some companies already have products in circulation that work to outline versions of BPEL 2.0, but the delay in delivering the de facto industry standard may mean seamless integration between products is not possible in the meantime.