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Open SOA Announces New Members, New Specifications

On July 26, 2006, the Open Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) group announced an expanded membership for the group, a new Web site that offers the goals of the group as well as specifications in different stages of development, and a roadmap of future activities. This announcement represents a significant step forward in the ability of designers of Web services and SOA architectures to better work with enterprise data.

The Open SOA group, consisting of BEA, IBM, IONA, Oracle, SAP AG, Sybase, Xcalia and Zend, have been working together to create Service Component Architecture (SCA) and Service Data Objects (SDO) specifications. The SCA specifications are designed to help simplify the creation and composition of business services while the SDO specifications focus on uniform access to data residing in multiple locations and formats.

The group announced new members to the consortium, including Cape Clear, Interface21, Primeton Technologies, Progress Software (formerly Sonic Software), Red Hat, Rogue Wave Software, Software AG, Sun Microsystems and TIBCO Software. defining a language-neutral programming model that meets the needs of enterprise developers who are developing software that exploits Service Oriented Architecture characteristics and benefits.

The group's work has resulted in the development of new draft SCA specifications for a declarative policy framework, improved description of connectivity with bindings specifications for JMS, JCA and Web Services, and new BPEL and PHP authoring models. In addition, draft specifications for Service Assembly; Java and C++ service authoring; and SDO have been updated.

The SCA and SDO specifications can help organizations to more easily create new and transform existing IT assets, enabling reusable services that may be rapidly assembled to meet changing business requirements. These specifications can greatly reduce complexity associated with developing applications by providing a way to unify services regardless of programming language and deployment platform.

The group has also launch a web site that provides information on goals and specifications. You can read more at

Posted by Peter Varhol on 07/27/2006

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