The latest range of industry-standard specifications to control business web services is being delayed until the middle of next 2006.
Version 2.0 of the Web Services Business Process Execution Language (BPel) is being delayed because standards body Oasis has put back the approval process as a result of unresolved issues with the technology.
BPel is an XML-based language developed by IBM, BEA Systems, Microsoft and others for defining web services business processes
The original aim was to have BPel 2.0 ready by the end of the year, but the Oasis technical committee is still dealing with dozens of issues raised by Oasis member companies.
Some companies have already released products that work to outline versions of BPel 2.0, but the de facto industry standard may not arrive until next summer.