Oasis approves first reference model framework for SOA

The Oasis standards consortium has approved the first version of a reference model for SOA, with the aim of defining what the term means in a technical sense for developers and architects.

The Oasis standards consortium has approved the first version of a
reference model for SOA, with the aim of defining what the term means
in a technical sense for developers and architects.

The technical committee that worked on the reference model described it
as “an abstract framework for understanding significant entities and
relationships between them within a service-oriented environment, and
for the development of consistent standards or specifications supporting
that environment”.

But it points out that the model is not “directly tied to any standards,
technologies or other concrete implementation details” as its goal is to
provide “common semantics that can be used unambiguously across and between
different implementations”. This means that it has been designed to help
enterprise architects co-ordinate separate SOA projects across their
organisation.

Jason Bloomberg, a senior analyst at ZapThink, warned, however, that
because the model was abstract, it offered only an overall framework for
planning an enterprise SOA initiative rather than real-world implementation
advice.

But Oasis has also been busy elsewhere approving version 1.3 of the Web
Services-Notification document as a standard too. WS-Notification defines
a pattern-based approach to passing information between web services to
standardise the way that events take place. It describes a publish and
subscribe event mechanism that can be used by higher-level management
protocols such as Oasis’ Web Services Distributed Management standard.

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