Leading technology vendors extend collaboration on SOA technologies

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NEW DELHI: Signifying the growing interest in and adoption of Service-Oriented

(SOAs), several leading technology vendors, who have been

working together to create Service Component Architecture (SCA) and Service Data

Objects (SDO) specifications announced key achievements, including a significant

increase in industry involvement and advancements in the development of SOA-related

specifications and technologies. The group also launched a vendor-neutral Web

site ( to serve as an information

resource for access to draft specifications, white papers, and for providing a

forum for industry input and feedback.


Since agreeing to work together on new industry specifications to simplify

SOA application development in November 2005, BEA Systems, Inc., IBM,

IONA, Oracle, SAP AG, Sybase,

Xcalia and Zend have been joined by Cape Clear, Interface21, Primeton

Technologies, Progress Software (formerly Sonic Software), Red Hat, Rogue Wave

Software, Software AG, Sun Microsystems and TIBCO Software, Inc.

The new partners on board, the group of 17 organizations spans SOA and

applications companies to infrastructure and open source providers. Together,

they have achieved considerable technical progress in developing SCA and SDO

technologies, including new and updated draft 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's work has already 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


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. Both are emerging technologies designed to simplify the

representation of business logic and business data.