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Subject: UDDI v2 Ratified as OASIS Open Standard

UDDI v2 Ratified as OASIS Open Standard

Building Block for Web Services Advances Within Open Process

Boston, MA, USA; 20 May 2003 -- The OASIS interoperability consortium
today announced that its members have approved the Universal
Description, Discovery and Integration specification (UDDI) version 2.0
as an OASIS Open Standard, a status that signifies the highest level of
ratification. UDDI enables companies and applications to dynamically
publish, locate, and use Web services.

Uttam Narsu, Vice President, Forrester Research, Inc. noted, "While UDDI
has not been as widely adopted as SOAP and WSDL, UDDI v2, under the
aegis of OASIS, offers a concrete step to the widely anticipated version
3 specification. We forsee UDDI adoption as critical to the realization
of a service-oriented architecture, and expect to see a significant
increase in its adoption over the next two years."

"We came to OASIS with the goal of advancing UDDI into a recognized
industry standard with support and input from the broadest possible
range of constituents," recalled Luc Clement of Microsoft, co-chair of
the OASIS UDDI Specification Technical Committee. "UDDI's ratification
as an OASIS Open Standard indicates our success in establishing an
interoperable, cross-industry standard that provides a cornerstone for
the Web services architecture."

Members of the OASIS UDDI Specification Technical Committee include
Computer Associates, Fujitsu, IBM, IONA, Microsoft, Novell, OpenNetwork,
Oracle, SAP, SeeBeyond, Sun Microsystems, Tata Consultancy Services, and

According to Tom Bellwood of IBM, co-chair of the OASIS UDDI
Specification Technical Committee, "UDDI v2 is being widely implemented
today. It provides powerful features like business relationships and
external taxonomy validation. As OASIS now continues moving version 3
towards a standard, with its support of multi-registry environments and
digital signature features, we expect the use of UDDI in all
environments to expand even further."

Before becoming an OASIS Open Standard, UDDI v2 first completed an
extensive public review and was approved by the OASIS UDDI Specification
Technical Committee. Then, the specification demonstrated its readiness
through multiple implementations, after which UDDI was reviewed and
approved by the OASIS membership as a whole.

"Through OASIS, the key players, large and small, have joined together
to advance UDDI within an open process," said Karl Best, vice president
of OASIS. "OASIS is pleased to provide a forum, not only for UDDI, but
also for so much of the Web services standardization work being done."

The growing portfolio of OASIS Open Standards and specifications for Web
services includes UDDI as well as the Web Services Business Process
Execution Language (WSBPEL), the Security Assertion Markup Language
(SAML), Web Services Reliable Messaging (WSRM), WS-Security, Web
Services Distribued Management (WSDM), ebXML, Universal Business
Language (UBL), and others. OASIS currently has more than 50 active
technical committees.

Industry Support for UDDI

Computer Associates:
"As the catalog for Web services, UDDI will play a critical role in the
management of enterprise Web service environments," said Bilhar Mann,
director, eTrust product management and marketing at Computer
Associates. "CA is clearly committed to optimizing the value that our
customers gain from UDDI technology, as is demonstrated by both our
incorporation of UDDI into eTrust Directory and our broader Web services
management and security development initiatives."

"DataPower believes that advanced registries and repositories are an
essential component of the broader XML-aware network infrastructure.
UDDI has the potential to do for server-to-server communication what DNS
did for the Internet, by making it much easier and cheaper to connect
and stay connected to services. So that, for example, DataPower's
network devices will be able to use UDDI to automatically route, secure
and transform Web services requests," said Eugene Kuznetsov, founder,
chairman and CTO, DataPower Technology.

"HP is pleased to support the nomination of UDDI v2 to become an OASIS
Open Standard," said Russ Daniels, vice president and chief technology
officer, HP Software Global Business Unit. "This level of acceptance by
the broad OASIS community is an important indication of not only UDDI
support, but also support for OASIS' work in standards for Web

"UDDI is a key open technology for Web services and the deployment of
Services Oriented Architectures," said Karla Norsworthy, Director of
Dynamic e-business Technologies for IBM. "IBM supports UDDI in its
industry leading WebSphere Application Server V5 because of UDDI's
importance for publication and discovery of services both within and
across enterprises. We are thrilled that the work we started with
industry partners has now reached the important stage of being an OASIS
Open Standard and are confident that this will encourage even greater
global adoption of the technology."

"Intel Corporation is a supporter and active contributor of UDDI - a key
component in the Web services stack," said Colin Evans, Director of
system software research at Intel Research and Development, and an Oasis
Board Member. "With ratification of UDDI as an OASIS Open Standard,
enterprises now have a truly open specification to deploy both private
and public Web services, thus extending services to their business

"Novell believes that UDDI's role in services discovery will become
increasingly more critical as the number of services in use within and
across business boundaries continues to increase," said Winston Bumpus,
Novell's director of standards. "Therefore, a standard registry and
management paradigm is critical, which is why Novell developed the
Novell Nsure UDDI Server based on our market-leading eDirectory software
and subsequently released it to the open source community through our
Novell Forge Web site. As a sponsor member of the OASIS UDDI
Specification Technical Committee, Novell is pleased to support the
release of UDDI v2, and we look forward to promoting its adoption in the
developer community."

"SAP AG supports UDDI v2 promotion to an OASIS Open Standard. UDDI has
become a mature specification that advances interoperability in overall
Web Services architectures," said Franz-Josef Fritz, VP Technology
Architecture and Product Management, SAP AG. "SAP will continue to
contribute to the OASIS UDDI Specification Technical Committee in order
to develop industry best practices for the optimal configuration of
UDDI. SAP customers benefit from the UDDI support in SAP NetWeaver,
SAP's integration and application platform."

"As an active contributor to the development of the UDDI specification,
SeeBeyond supports the approval of UDDI v2 as an OASIS Open Standard,"
said Alan Davies, vice president of standards for SeeBeyond. "SeeBeyond
believes that UDDI represents a key component in the set of Web services
standards aimed at facilitating application integration and business
interchange, and will actively participate in the development of future
versions of the UDDI specification."

"As a company committed to integrating trust into all aspects of Web
Services, VeriSign welcomes the security enhancements to UDDI v3," said
Hemma Prafullchandra, strategic architect in the advance products and
research group at VeriSign, Inc. "We are very encouraged by the
tremendous progress the industry has been making through standards
organizations like OASIS and look forward to continued progress on the
trust and security fronts."

About OASIS (http://www.oasis-open.org)

OASIS (Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information
Standards) is a not-for-profit, global consortium that drives the
development, convergence, and adoption of e-business standards. Members
themselves set the OASIS technical agenda, using a lightweight, open
process expressly designed to promote industry consensus and unite
disparate efforts. OASIS produces worldwide standards for security, Web
services, conformance, business transactions, electronic publishing,
topic maps and interoperability within and between marketplaces. Founded
in 1993, OASIS has more than 2,000 participants representing over 600
organizations and individual members in 100 countries.

For more information:

Carol Geyer
Director of Communications
OASIS (www.oasis-open.org)
+1.978.667.5115 x209

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