The Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards (Oasis) has formed six committees to standardise the Service Component Architecture (SCA) specifications for service oriented architecture (SOA) environments.
The move is designed to simplify SOA application development by advancing the Service Component Architecture family of specifications. SCA defines a flexible model for creating business solutions using service components.
The standards work will be organised within the Oasis Open Composite Services Architecture (Open CSA) member section, and the resulting specifications will be offered for implementation on a royalty-free basis.
The committees have the support of companies including Axway, BEA Systems, IBM, Oracle, Primeton Technologies, Progress Software, Red Hat, SAIC, SAP, Sun Microsystems, and Tibco, among others.
Anne Thomas Manes, an analyst at Burton Group, said, "SCA is based on the idea that business functions are provided as a series of services that can be wired together to create solutions for particular business needs.
"These composite applications can contain new services created specifically for the application and reuse existing business functions from existing systems."
SCA offers the potential to streamline the SOA design process by enabling the delivery of easy-to-use tools developers need to transform IT assets into reusable services, said Manes.
Each of the six new Oasis committees will address a different aspect of SCA. This will allow smaller groups of members with specific expertise or interest in one area to collaborate more effectively, said Oasis.