Chris's Rants

Monday, March 14, 2005

Re: Business Value of SOA

Eric Newcomer writes:
What threatens this promise has nothing to do with technology, but rather with intellectual property. The success of an SOA based on Web services depends upon freely available standards, unencumbered by patent claims and licensing fees.
I couldn't agree more. However, I am somewhat puzzled as to what motivates this post. I just did a stroll through the WS-* specs that have been authored by IBM and its partners. With the exception of WS-Federation, I believe that all have been published under RF terms. It is certainly the case for all of the specs that have been published in the past 6 months or so including WS-Addressing, WS-Policy, WS-Reliable Messaging, WS-Coordination, WS-Atomic Transactions, WS-Business Activity, WS-Trust, and WS-Secure Conversation.


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