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SOA Adoption Blueprints

OASIS SOA Adoption Blueprints Technical Committee

Date:      Mon, 01 Aug 2005 15:18:28 -0700
From:      James Bryce Clark <>
Subject:   OASIS TC Call for Participation: OASIS SOA Adoption Blueprints Technical Committee

A new OASIS technical committee is being formed. The OASIS Service-Oriented Architecture Adoption Blueprints Technical Committee has been proposed by the members of OASIS listed below. The proposal (below) meets the requirements of the OASIS TC Process [1]. The TC name, statement of purpose, scope, list of deliverables, audience, and language specified in the proposal will constitute the TC's official charter. Submissions of technology for consideration by the TC, and the beginning of technical discussions, may occur no sooner than the TC's first meeting.

This TC will operate under our 2005 IPR Policy [2]. The eligibility requirements for becoming a participant in the TC at the first meeting (see details below) are that:

  1. you must be an employee of an OASIS member organization or an individual member of OASIS
  2. the OASIS member must sign the OASIS membership agreement (see [3])
  3. you must notify the TC chair of your intent to participate at least 15 days prior to the first meeting, which members may do by using the "Join this TC" button on the TC's public page at [4] and
  4. you must attend the first meeting of the TC, at the time and date fixed below

Of course, it also will be possible to join the TC at a later time.

Standards always are improved by broad participation. Non-OASIS members who wish to participate may contact us about joining OASIS [3]. Our rules and structure are designed to promote inclusiveness. We look forward to assisting parties interested in joining the community of implementers, technologists, academics and end-users working on OASIS standardization projects. All also are welcome to take advantage of the public resources maintained for each TC: a mail list archive, document repository and public comments facility, all of which will be available via the TC's public home page at [4]. Archives of the TC's mail list and public comment lists, as with all OASIS TCs, will be visible at [5].

Further information generally related to the topic may be found on the Cover Pages at

Please feel free to forward this announcement to any other appropriate lists. OASIS is an open standards organization; we encourage your feedback. JBC

James Bryce Clark
Director, Standards Development, OASIS


OASIS SOA Adoption Blueprints TC Charter

TC Name

OASIS Service Oriented Architecture Adoption Blueprints Technical Committee

Statement of Purpose

Problem to be solved: In planning and building Service Oriented Architectures (SOA), concrete examples often are useful. SOA designers, vendors and users can reference a wealth of abstract guidelines, descriptions of functional layers and sets of specific standards or software that fulfill SOA requirements.

However, often there is a shortage of clear, demonstrable examples of working implementations based on real needs and requirements that can be used as best practices reference, to kickstart implementation projects and to compare implementations. One way to encourage these examples is to supply an archetypal "blueprint" set of business requirements and functions that can be fulfilled by SOA methods.

Purpose: The SOA Adoption Blueprints TC will develop, circulate, maintain and update a set of example business profiles or "adoption blueprints" to illustrate the practical deployment of services using SOA methods. Each adoption blueprint will provide a (a) business problem statement, (b) a set of business requirements, and (c) a normative set of functions to be fulfilled, all on a vendor- and specification-neutral basis. The TC anticipates starting with the original "blueprint" scenario created by the project's host, The Middleware Company and its expert group, to be contributed to OASIS. This scenario, the "Generico" core application set, will serve as a basic Adoption Blueprint. It is expected that additional blueprints will be developed to address other business requirement sets. Additional Adoption Blueprints may interoperate with the basic Generico blueprint, or may describe a new separate scenario.


The SOA Adoption Blueprints TC will:

  • Circulate, improve, maintain and standardize the existing "Generico" blueprint to be contributed, in the form of a basic Adoption Blueprint.

  • Accept contributions of data that may be circulated regarding permutations of specifications and methods that fulfill the blueprints. This data may include sets of standards, specifications, source code or other illustrative lists of methods used to implement the requirements and functions of an Adoption Blueprint.

  • Provide perspectives and events designed to help implementers assess interoperability between Adoption Blueprints as well as between specific implementation examples.

  • Consider the creation of additional supporting material for the Adoption Blueprints, to make the reference value of each blueprint more robust. These may include additional specified functions, additional feedback and business requirement information obtained from relevant actors in the subject space of the scenario, and additional methods of representing, modeling or formalizing requirement statements.

  • Consider the creation of additional Adoption Blueprint scenarios based on end-user requirements, such as an occasionally connected blueprint, a policy management blueprint or a business-to-business blueprint.

  • Consider the creation of descriptions of sets of open standards that could fulfill various Adoption Blueprints, when their use demonstrates best practices in SOA.


  1. A final draft of a reviewed and updated version of the basic Adoption Blueprint, to be issued 4 months from formation of this TC.
  2. (Optionally) Additional adoption blueprint profiles, and/or extensions of existing blueprints, to fulfill expressed needs to demonstrate new functionalities or evolving user requirements.
  3. (Optionally) Descriptions or profiles of sets of open standards that could be used in combinations to fulfill the requirements of Adoption Blueprints.

IPR Mode

RF on Limited Terms (as specified in the OASIS IPR Policy)

Anticipated Audience

Anyone involved in the design, documentation or implementation of Service Oriented Architectures (SOAs) or components thereof.


English. The TC may elect to form subcommittees that produce localized documentation of the TC's work in additional languages.

Other Information

The following is non-normative information for the purposes of starting the TC, and will not be part of the TC's charter.

Similar and Applicable Work

There is some relevant work that has been done by the OASIS ebSOA TC [*1] that we intend to explore. The OASIS SOA Reference Model TC [*2] appears to be distinct, in that it seeks to develop reference models for SOA at an abstract functional level, rather than specific functional examples, although it's possible that those abstracts models may be of some descriptive use to this TC. A variety of other standards projects including the OASIS FWSI TC [*3] have defined or provided specific functional web service or SOA elements that might populate or guide a specific Adoption Blueprint. The TC anticipates seeking liaison with those TCs, and any others that may have relevant work that can be deployed to fulfill Adoption Blueprints.

The TC may also seek to establish liaisons with industry groups in specific user domains that can contribute actual SOA use scenarios and provide or elaborate business requirements.


Anticipated Contributions

SOA Adoption Blueprints_Requirements_Specification_v0.5
SOA Adoption Blueprints Occasionally Connected Profile draft v0.1

First Meeting

Date: Thursday September 1, 2005
Time: 9:00 am Pacific US
Face to Face or Conference Call: Conference Call
If F2F, location: N/A
Meeting Sponsor: Infravio

Ongoing Meeting Schedule

Planned meeting schedule will be monthly conference calls, with Face to Face meetings quarterly or as otherwise approved by the TC. Sponsors for meetings will be solicited from the proposing members.

TC Proposers

TC Convener

Miko Matsumura, []

Proposed TC Chair

Miko Matsumura, []

Prepared by Robin Cover for The XML Cover Pages archive. See details in the news story "OASIS Members Form SOA Adoption Blueprints Technical Committee." See general references in "Service Oriented Architecture (SOA)."

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