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Subject: OASIS Advances SOA Based on ebXML and Web Services

OASIS Members Advance Service Oriented Architecture Based on ebXML and Web

Boston, MA, USA; 7 April 2004 -- Members of the international standards
consortium, OASIS, announced plans to advance an electronic business
architecture that builds on ebXML and other Web services technology. The new
OASIS Electronic Business Service Oriented Architecture (ebSOA) Technical
Committee will use ebXML Technical Architecture v1.04 as a starting point
for describing a service-oriented architecture and practical implementation
techniques that take into account the ebXML OASIS Standards (recently
approved as ISO 15000), as well as recent developments from other OASIS
technical committees and standards bodies.

"When the ebXML architecture was first conceived, the term 'web services'
hadn't even been coined," recalled Charles Abrams, senior analyst at
Gartner. "Now, many of the ebXML layers have been reconciled to embrace core
World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) technology, such as WSDL and SOAP. OASIS and
its member organizations will build momentum for ebXML by articulating how
the standards fit into the emerging service-oriented architectures that
users need to stay competitive in their IT efforts."

Duane Nickull of Adobe Systems, convener and proposed chair of the OASIS
ebSOA Technical Committee, explained, "A modern service-oriented
architecture is core to enabling enterprises to efficiently integrate and
distribute business processes across multiple systems with reliability and
security. The OASIS ebSOA Technical Committee will explore how various ebXML
and web service components work together as a cohesive system. This work is
essential to every enterprise."

"The adopter's picture of a 'complete' set of modular services is far more
expansive and addresses greater functionalities than were contemplated in
the original ebXML architecture," added Karl Best, vice president of OASIS.
"Participants in this new OASIS Technical Committee intend to map this
broader area and provide examples and best practices that will make the
implementer's job a lot easier."

Members of the OASIS ebSOA Technical Committee include Adobe Systems, The
Boeing Company, Booz Allen Hamilton, Commerce One, Cyclone Commerce, and
others. The group will hold its first meeting on 29 April 2004, following
the OASIS Symposium on Reliable Infrastructures in New Orleans. Committee
participation remains open to all organizations and individuals. OASIS will
also host a mail list for public comment on ebSOA.

"Service oriented architectures are playing an increasingly important role
in allowing government agencies and private companies to respond more
quickly to changing business needs," said Joseph Chiusano, senior consultant
at Booz Allen Hamilton. "We believe that exposing application functionality
to other systems as services through a component based approach--with
'commoditized' parts--will lead to more flexible business operating
environments for our clients."


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 3,000 participants representing over 600 organizations and
individual members in 100 countries. http://www.oasis-open.org

Additional information:

OASIS ebSOA Technical Committee


ebXML Adoption Update

Cover Pages

Press contact:

Carol Geyer
Director of Communications
+1.978.667.5115 x209

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