SOA Standards Forthcoming

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In an uncommon show of solidarity, a group of IT industry giants (and traditional rivals) that included Oracle, IBM, SAP, Siebel and BEA came together last week to announce they would be collaborating on the development of a set of specifications to simplify the creation and implementation of service-oriented architecture (SOA). This is expected to be a boon for application developers, who will especially benefit from the reduction in complexity.

 

While we’re on the subject, I’ve written an article for the Development & Design community this month on SOA and, specifically, Web services. While it’s not a über-technical examination of the topic, it does take a look at how organizations are using SOA today and explores the future prospects of this particular area. (I think it’s fair to say that SOA’s fortunes are rising as a result of the Oracle, SAP, et al announcement.) Read more about SOA and Web services here.

 

I wonder how many of you out there are using SOA or plan to do so in the future. I’ve started a thread in the Development & Design community forum to discuss your personal exposure to this technology, and I hope you’ll offer your thoughts. Check it out at http://www.certmag.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=6.

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