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Subject: WSDM WSManagement paper

I thought I'd send you these links to the publication of a roadmap for reconciliation of the web services management standards, WSDM and WS Management.   This is good news for customers and vendors alike as it outlines a way  to resolve concerns about competing web services specifications in this space.

HP, IBM, Intel and Microsoft plan to develop a common set of specifications for resources, events, and management that can be broadly supported across multiple platforms. The parties will do this by building on existing specifications and defining a set of enhancements that enable this convergence. In many scenarios, vendors and customers building solutions using Web services will find that the existing specifications support their scenarios. Vendors and customers may use the new specifications and functions when needing the common capabilities.
This paper provides an overview of the convergence and motivation. It first breaks the problem down into two major building blocks: (a) information management, and (b) events and notification. Then it describes how these blocks form a composable foundation for Web services management. In each of these three sections, this paper provides a very brief technical overview of the relevant specifications and their relationship to existing specifications. The details in this paper represent our best current thinking and may evolve before publication of the specifications.
Consistent with previous roadmap efforts, the authors expect the specifications to be published and refined over the next 18-24 months. Some of the specifications identified in this roadmap will be published as early as 2Q06. The specs will be refined using the WS-* workshop process, with submission to a standards organization following that process when appropriate quality is assured.
This whitepaper describes what the co-authors anticipate will be the technical evolution of the current specifications. While the intent is that future versions of products would support these specifications, information regarding the specific product deliverables can be obtained from the respective companies’ representatives.
Please refer to the actual specifications for technical details.

From IBM's point of view, our early work on the reconciliation gives us confidence that this will be a smooth technical evolution from today's specifications.   The work on converged specifications will take time to develop, test and standardize.   In the mean time, we will proceed with our plans to deliver WSDM based solutions (watch for announcements for Eclipse TPTP and Apache MUSE projects)  for our customers.  We look forward to standardizing and testing WSDM 1.1 and continued active support of WSDM from this TC's members.

Please take a few minutes  to review this.  We can spend some time on this or the next WSDM call to field some questions.
Links to papers
(IBM will continue to post updates on this work at  www.ibm.com/autonomic/wsdm/)

Heather Kreger
STSM, Web Services Lead Architect for SWG Emerging Technologies
Author of "Java and JMX: Building Manageable Systems"
919-543-3211 (t/l 441)  cell:919-496-9572

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