Sun Microsystems Joins Web Services Interoperability Organization (WS-I)

10/25/2002 - Sun Microsystems announced that it will join the Web Services Interoperability Organization (WS-I) as a contributing member. WS-I was founded on February 6, 2002 as an open industry effort chartered to promote Web services interoperability across platforms, applications and programming languages.

The WS-I membership recently approved a change to its bylaws that will expand the WS-I board by two seats. Sun intends to run for election for this expanded board in March 2003. With over 20 years of experience in network computing innovation and open standards development, Sun plans to play an active role in WS-I technology guideline areas, including key foundational work currently being developed under the Web services Basic Profile.

"Sun has received requests from many parties to participate in WS-I and the new board member positions allowed us to reconsider our original stance and join the organization," said Mark Herring, senior director for Java Web Services at Sun Microsystems. "We have always applauded the objectives of the WS-I and intend to be energetic participants in the industry effort to promote transparency, openness and interoperability in the marketplace."

Participation in WS-I complements Sun's Web services interoperability contributions in other forums as well, such as SOAPbuilders and the Java Community ProcessSM. Sun recently hosted Round 5 of SOAPbuilders interoperability tests, in which Apache, BEA, IBM, Microsoft and others participated.

"We are pleased that Sun has decided to join WS-I," said Edward Cobb, vice president of Architecture & Standards, BEA Systems. "As the steward of JavaTM and a leader in enterprise systems, Sun has much to offer the organization. With the recent decision of the WS-I membership to add elected directors, we look forward to working even more closely with Sun to promote our common goals for Java and interoperable Web services."

"As a leader in the Web services and Java communities, IBM is pleased to welcome Sun Microsystems to as our industry integrates and creates best practices for the Web services standards stack," said Bob Sutor, director of Web Services Strategy, IBM. "Web services is rapidly becoming the standard infrastructure for building new business solutions that reuse and repurpose business information and software assets. is dedicated to ensuring that 'interoperability' for Web services can be defined, measured and tested, thereby accelerating the adoption and practical use of this important technology."

"We welcome Sun's participation in WS-I, as it represents a key segment of the industry that the organization was missing until this point," said Thomas Kurian, senior vice president, Oracle9i Application Server. "In order for WS-I to achieve its goal of providing implementation guidance to companies deploying Web services, it is crucial that the industry's key players are involved. The addition of Sun to WS-I is a significant step forward that will help spur unification around the development of a single set of open standards for Web services."

"SAP is very pleased seeing Sun intending to join WS-I. Realizing that interoperatbilty is a key issue for the successful, industry wide adoption of Web services, we (SAP) have been supporting Sun's participation from the early beginning. It is crucial and in the best interest of the entire Web services industry to have all major players at the same table." Sinisa Zimek, SAP, Director of Technology Architecture & Standards, Member of the WS-I Board of Directors.

"We are pleased that Sun Microsystems has joined WS-I," said Tom Glover, president of the Web Services Interoperability Organization. "The active participation and contributions of industry leaders like Sun are critical to our efforts to promote universal Web service interoperability."

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