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Subject: Re: [regrep] Did ebXML Help Accelerate the Web Services Evolution?


You remind me of Nelson on the deck of the Victory at the
Battle of the Nile - "I see no ships!"  (looking with his
blind-eye through his telescope)....

Web services is not even close to being finished yet - and
a whole chunk of it is futilely recreating ebXML functionality,
but from an unsustainable model - to wit - WSDL.

Let's be clear here - Bob Sutor's decision was deterimental
to everything and driven by his own self-interest - and by
Microsoft and IBM thinking they could get there first.

Well they did not, and they have merely succeeded in
confusing the marketplace and adding much wasted time
to the whole process - including mine in typing this and
yours in reading it.  Customers would already be buying
consistent ebSOA were it not for their confusion caused
by web service FUD.

I'm throughly disinterested in the web service fraternity
continued efforts to re-write history and make like today
they have everything working better than ebXML.

First it was 'web services is simpler than ebXML - which
is too complicated".  Now its - 'web services are more
complete than ebXML - which is only limited and old'.

Fact is - ebXML is well suited to its mission profile and
therefore is coherent and consistent.  And like any
great technology - ebXML is evolving, maturing and
growing.  Web services are anything but - fragmented,
dispersed and subject to proprietary whims - so what
did web services learn from ebXML?  Frankly very little.

Cheers, DW.

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Chiusano Joseph" <chiusano_joseph@bah.com>
To: <ebxml-dev@lists.ebxml.org>; <regrep@lists.oasis-open.org>; "ebSOA"
Sent: Wednesday, March 24, 2004 12:31 PM
Subject: [regrep] Did ebXML Help Accelerate the Web Services Evolution?

> I'm in a bit of a "controversial" (tongue-in-cheek) mood today, so I
> thought I'd through this out and see what comes back. My thoughts are
> spurred by a book on that I am currently reading. Please note as you
> read this that I am in a position in which I am vendor neutral.
> 3 years ago, when the first phase of ebXML was getting ready to wind
> down, I was a mere observer on various listservs, so I don't have the
> perspective of someone who was in the throws of things. However, I've
> been thinking: Did ebXML Help Accelerate the Web Services Evolution?
> More specifically: I understand that there was a "schism" of sorts at
> one point (exactly when I am not sure) in which several major vendors
> pulled out of ebXML. These vendors happen to be those that are
> considered to be the driving forces behind Web Services (by this I mean
> the "SOAP/WSDL/UDDI"). Web Services.
> I wonder - if this "schism" did not take place (assuming that it indeed
> did), would Web Services have taken off as quickly as they did? Did this
> "schism" give more motivation to these vendors to evolve the "base" Web
> Services standards as quickly as they were evolved? What if these
> vendors had not pulled out of ebXML? What would the landscape look like
> now?
> Thoughts? Comments?
> Kind Regards,
> Joe Chiusano
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