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Open SOA's SCA and SDO Specifications Submitted to OASIS

Leading Technology Vendors Announce Completion of Specifications Designed to Simplify SOA Application Development

Open SOA Collaboration Chooses OASIS to Advance SCA and SDO Specifications

March 21, 2007.

Updated 2007-07

Eighteen leading technology vendors focused on driving technology initiatives supporting the creation of industry standards around service oriented architectures (SOA), today announced that key Service Component Architecture (SCA) and Service Data Objects (SDO) specifications have completed incubation and will be formally submitted to OASIS for advancement through its open standards process. The SCA specifications are designed to help simplify the creation and composition of services, critical to building applications using services based on an SOA approach. With these SCA specifications now mature, the partners intend to turn over their standardization process to OASIS. Additionally, the partners have completed work on the SDO specifications, designed to enable uniform access to data residing in multiple locations and formats, and will turn over stewardship of SDO/Java work to the Java Community Process and non-Java (C++) work to OASIS.

The SCA and SDO specifications can help organizations to more easily create new and transform existing IT assets, enabling reusable services that may be rapidly assembled to meet changing business requirements. These specifications greatly reduce complexity associated with developing applications by providing a way to unify services regardless of programming language and deployment platform. Both are technologies designed to simplify the representation of business logic and business data. Early customers are already implementing and gaining value.

"We applaud the Open SOA Collaboration for reaching this milestone and for choosing to take the next step and advance this important work through an open standards process," said Patrick Gannon, president and CEO of OASIS. "We look forward to furthering the evolution of SCA from specifications to standards and to promoting the broadest possible industry adoption through education and implementation efforts."

Since November 2005, 18 companies have joined the effort to work on new industry specifications aimed at simplifying SOA application development. Partner companies include BEA Systems, Cape Clear, IBM Corporation, Interface21, IONA, Oracle, Primeton Technologies, Progress Software, Red Hat, Rogue Wave Software, SAP AG, Siemens AG, Software AG, Sun Microsystems, Sybase, TIBCO Software, and Xcalia. Together, these companies have achieved significant progress around SCA and SDO specifications.

The partners will continue to incubate and drive technology initiatives focused on simplifying SOA application development. Additionally, the group's vendor-neutral Web site ( will continue to serve as an information resource for access to draft specifications and white papers, and provide a forum for industry input and feedback.


OASIS (Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards) is a not-for-profit, international consortium that drives the development, convergence, and adoption of e-business standards. The consortium produces more Web services standards than any other organization along with standards for security, e-business, and standardization efforts in the public sector and for application-specific markets. Founded in 1993, OASIS has more than 5,000 participants representing over 600 organizations and individual members in 100 countries. For more information, visit

About Open SOA

The Open SOA Collaboration represents an informal group of industry leaders that share a common interest: defining a language-neutral programming model that meets the needs of enterprise developers who are developing software that exploits Service Oriented Architecture characteristics and benefits. The Collaboration is not a Standards Body; it is a set of vendors who wish to innovate rapidly in the development of this programming model and to deliver Specifications to the community for implementation. These specifications are made available to the community on a Royalty Free basis for the creation of compatible implementations. When mature, the intent is to hand these specifications over to a suitable Standards Body for future shepherding. For more information, visit


BEA Systems

"BEA has been a consistent leader in SOA, and continues to be at the forefront of supporting and driving standards in this emerging and evolving area of infrastructure. We are pleased to announce this major milestone today, and couldn't be happier about the stewardship that OASIS will be providing SOA and SCA specifications moving forward," said Edward Cobb, vice president, architecture and standards, BEA Systems.

Cape Clear

"The submission of SCA to OASIS is a significant milestone for this important technology," said Jim Rivera, vice president of product management, Cape Clear Software Inc. "SCA addresses the need for a comprehensive, cross-platform component model for SOA. We look forward to collaborating with other partners through OASIS to shape the SCA specification and ensure that our customers can realize the full benefits of SOA."

IBM Corporation

"IBM is excited about submission of SCA and SDO to OASIS since it further accelerates SOA's adoption," said Karla Norsworthy, vice president, IBM Software Standards. "Customers are telling us that SCA and SDO enhance the value of SOA, simplifying implementation and encouraging reuse while saving time and money in building and managing composite applications."


"Interface21 welcomes the move of the SCA specifications into the stewardship of a mature standards body. We believe that this will help SCA gain wider adoption. We are committed to making Spring applications SOA ready with SCA, to assist our customers in better managing their software assets while retaining their preferred development model," said Rod Johnson, CEO, Interface21.


"SCA is very important to IONA in our capacity as leaders of the SOA Tools Platform project at Eclipse, especially the assembly and policy specifications. We are also seeing an uptake in the interest around OSGi and view the combination of Eclipse, OSGi, and SCA as very powerful. SCA complements IONA's distributed approach to SOA and its capabilities are important to our current and future plans for Artix and Celtix," said Eric Newcomer, CTO, IONA Technologies.


"As a founding partner in the SCA/SDO collaboration, Oracle is pleased at how quickly we have reached our goal of maturing these specifications and that OASIS has agreed to move them forward into industry standards," said Don Deutsch, vice president, Standards Strategy and Architecture, Oracle. "Oracle's commitment to driving industry standards, that are crucial to our customers' SOA environments, and to adopting these standards in Oracle products is demonstrated by our SCA/SDO collaboration and by the support of open standards throughout the Oracle Fusion Middleware product family."

Primeton Technologies

"SOA starts with components. The official release of SCA/SDO standards has paved the way for broad acceptance of component-oriented approach to SOA," said Larry Huang, CTO of Primeton Technologies. "Primeton will fully support SCA/SDO standards in the coming release of our flagship product EOS."

Progress Software

"Progress Software is pleased to be a part of the SCA effort and to have the opportunity to help form what will become a driving force for the next generation of SOA developers," said Gordon Van Huizen, vice president and general manager of the Enterprise Infrastructure Division, Progress Software. "This effort dovetails nicely with our world-class integration, management, and mediation technologies and we look forward to bringing significant advantages to SCA developers in our upcoming product releases. We applaud bringing these important new specifications to an even broader audience via OASIS."

Red Hat

"SCA 1.0 represents a real step toward the standardization of a service-oriented composite application development model. The fact that ubiquitous Java EE skills and components along with technologies like Web Services and Business Process Definition Language (BPEL) are supported in the first version of SCA means an enterprise developer can embrace the otherwise abstract concepts of SOA," said Mark Little, director of standards, JBoss Division, Red Hat. "We believe that this effort will be a valuable addition to Java EE and Java Business Integration (JBI) in the SOA arena and will gain support through an open standards approach."

Rogue Wave Software

"Rogue Wave Software uses SCA to bring concurrent computing to existing applications without requiring expensive upgrades or the removal of existing technologies," said Patrick Leonard, vice president, product development, Rogue Wave Software. "Next month, Rogue Wave Software is slated to launch the first product commercially available for deploying high-performance SOA applications based on SCA - allowing users to increase performance and scalability, take advantage of multicore technologies and maximize IT investments."


"Customers are working closely with SAP and its open ecosystem to gain business agility and IT flexibility leveraging SOA today. Industry standards play a crucial role to further simplify application development in a service-oriented architecture, and the OSOA partners have reached a key milestone in meeting this customer demand with the submission of key SCA and SDO specifications to OASIS," said Michael Bechauf, vice president, industry standards, SAP. "As a founding member of the partnership, it is exciting to see the cross-industry efforts and hard work of the partners come to fruition."

Siemens AG

"A growing number of Siemens products are based on Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) platforms and product lines. Service composition via workflows and service integration into heterogeneous customer environments is extremely important for us," said Dr. Lothar Borrmann, director, Siemens AG. "The technology independent standard SCA provides our developers and our customers with a simple and powerful way to construct SOA applications. Examples for the usage of SCA inside Siemens include the integration of Enterprise Service Buses into service container, the bridging between Java EE and .Net services, and the combination of SCA and OSGi."

Software AG

"We are delighted to support the Open SOA Collaboration in promoting open industry standards and that they have reached this significant milestone," said Dr. Peter Kuerpick, Member of the Board at Software AG. "Standards, openness and collaboration are the principals of both our Crossvision SOA Suite and the CentraSite Community, the standards based SOA forum we launched with Fujitsu. This is an important step for our industry, sends a clear signal to enterprises thinking of adopting SOA and of course makes implementation easier."

Sun Microsystems

"Sun is pleased that the Service Component Architecture (SCA) specifications have been submitted to OASIS for stewardship through the standardization process. As more and more applications are being built on a Service Oriented Architecture (SOA), the challenge of composing services is growing. Richer, standardized metadata supporting such composition will benefit developers building applications on an SOA," said Mark Hapner, Chief Web Services Strategist, and Sun Distinguished Engineer, Sun Microsystems.


"OASIS' guidance brings SCA and SDO one major step closer to becoming the industry standard for service-oriented architectures. Sybase is proud to have been a part of achieving this milestone. The advantage customers will gain from SOA affords Sybase the extraordinary opportunity to provide intelligent data and mobility services," said Kathleen Schaub, vice president of product management and marketing, Sybase, Inc. "SCA and SDO help open the door to a rich, more adaptive future for information technology."

TIBCO Software

"The submission of SCA to OASIS brings us one step closer to simplifying SOA development across disparate vendors and technologies such as Java, .NET and BPEL," said Matt Quinn, senior vice president, Product Strategy, TIBCO Software Inc. "Businesses globally are already seeing the value of the group's commitment and collaboration, and we look forward to working on future industry initiatives that help deliver a transformative business impact to customers."


"As an independent software vendor focused on Enterprise Data Access and Services, SDO is a critical standard, which is why we have been involved with developing the standard from the beginning. Having SDO within OASIS will increase its visibility and thus broaden its adoption and improve interoperability with other major standards for SOA such as WS-*, helping make SOA easier and more scalable for our customers," said Eric Samson, CTO, Xcalia, "In addition to working with OASIS on ongoing management of the SDO standards, Xcalia will remain involved with the Open SOA committee to support the development and introduction of new innovative standards for SOA."


Update 2007-07: OASIS published six (6) Proposed Charter documents for new Technical Committees to be created within the Open Composite Services Architecture (Open CSA) Member Section: SCA-Assembly, SCA-Policy, SCA-Bindings, SCA-J, SCA-BPEL, SCA-C. The TC Charters as proposed identify deliverables that build upon the existing Service Component Architecture Version 1.0 Specifications produced within the Open Service Oriented Architecture Collaboration (OSOA). Service Component Architecture (SCA) models business solutions as compositions of groups of service components, wired together in a configuration that satisfies the business goals. See "Six Technical Committees Proposed for the OASIS Open CSA Member Section."

Prepared by Robin Cover for The XML Cover Pages archive. See: (1) "Open SOA Collaboration Vendors Advance SCA and SDO Specs for Standardization"; (2) earlier news from 2005: "IT Vendors Promote Service Component Architecture (SCA)"; (3) "Leading Technology Vendors Extend Collaboration on SOA Technologies, Mark Major Milestones with New Partners and Significant Technical Progress. Group Advances SCA and SDO Specifications to Help Simplify Composition and Creation of SOA-based Applications."

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