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WS-I Completes Chartered Standards Work

WS-I Completes Web Services Interoperability Standards Work

Industry Collaboration Enables Interoperability in the Cloud

[With Additional References]

Wakefield, MA, USA. November 10, 2010.

After nearly a decade of work and industry cooperation, the Web Services Interoperability Organization (WS-I has successfully concluded its charter to document best practices for Web services interoperability across multiple platforms, operating systems and programming languages.

The release of WS-I member approved final materials for Basic Profile (BP) 1.2 and [Basic Profile] 2.0, and Reliable Secure Profile (RSP) 1.0 fulfills WS-I's last milestone as an organization. By publishing the final three profiles, WS-I marks the completion of its work. Stewardship over WS-I's assets, operations and mission will transition to OASIS (Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards), a group of technology vendors and customers that drive development and adoption of open standards.

Since 2002, WS-I has developed profiles, sample applications, and testing tools to facilitate Web services interoperability. These building blocks have in turn served as the basis for interoperability in the cloud. Companies from across the industry have collaborated to build an interoperable Web services foundation that will benefit customers well into the future.

Today's announcement is "gratifying," said Steve Holbrook, Chair of the WS-I Board of Directors. "Each member of WS-I has contributed to this massive and lengthy undertaking for the benefit of the greater Web community. This work was only possible through the cooperation, commitment and shared vision of each WS-I member organization."

Now that WS-I has achieved the goals it initially outlined in 2002, it is ready to transition ongoing maintenance of profiles to OASIS.

"WS-I's significant contribution to Web services interoperability will continue to play a vital role in the future of IT, especially with regard to cloud computing, where safe and reliable access to information is a requirement. As WS-I completes its transition to OASIS, we look forward not only to safeguarding their accomplishments but also to advancing their mission," said Laurent Liscia, Executive Director of OASIS.

Supportive statements and testimonials from Board member companies are available at: [and below]

WS-I Board Member Quotes

Fujitsu Limited

"Fujitsu is proud to have been a Founding Member of WS-I and to have played an active role in the important work it has done. WS-I made it clear that software standards alone were not enough, if they failed to interoperate. By providing Profiles of interoperable standards and testing tools to assure their interoperability, WS-I has shown the way for the diverse software standards development organizations."

Chiseki Sagawa
President, Platform Strategic Planning Unit
Fujitsu Limited


"IBM is very pleased that WS-I has completed its mission. As a co-founder of WS-I, IBM has provided both executive and technical leadership during the creation, testing and implementation of eight profiles. The approval of the final three profiles addresses an important set of requirements of our customers, which is always the goal of IBM. Our customers are the biggest benefactors of this work. The WS-I profiles have helped to vastly improve interoperability between our WebSphere family products and the other Vendors' products, making it easier to integrate solutions in a multi-vendor environment. Congratulations to all those who participated in WS-I! We look forward to future work being done in the new WS-I member section of OASIS as well as having a viable 'home' for the existing WS-I Profiles."

Angel Diaz
Vice President Software Standards
IBM Corporation


"Microsoft is extremely pleased to be part of the completion of the WS-I Basic Profile 1.2, Basic Profile 2.0 and Reliable Secure Profile 1.0. All of these profiles are supported by the shipping version of .NET Framework 4.0. Through our collective profile development and testing efforts, Microsoft and other WS-I members have delivered a better customer experience based on Web services interoperability. Even though we have accomplished a major undertaking by completing these profiles, standards remain a necessary foundation for ensuring interoperability between different vendor's platforms and products. As such, Microsoft will continue participating in standards organizations and interoperability testing to deliver greater interoperability for our customers."

Paul Cotton
Partner Group Manager
Microsoft Corporation


"Oracle has been a WS-I participant and board member since its inception almost nine years ago. As WS-I vice chair for the last three years, it is satisfying to complete our mission with the approval and delivery of these three profiles to OASIS. Oracle is particularly pleased with the extent of the interoperability testing that demonstrates the new profiles' viability."

Jeff Mischkinsky
Senior Director, Oracle Fusion Middleware and Web Services Standards


"Web services are a key technology for integrating business systems together. Interoperability testing between different vendors is a process that requires engineering discipline and continuous engagement, and SAP is pleased to have been part of the WS-I journey, including serving as WS-I chair. We want to thank the WS-I community for their tireless efforts. With the publication of the final materials for Basic Profile (BP) 1.2 and 2.0 and Reliable Secure Profile (RSP) 1.0 specifications, the work of WS-I has reached a major milestone. We look forward to participating in the ongoing activities in OASIS."

Michael Bechauf
Vice President, Platform Technology Strategy

Software AG

"WS-I standard profiles have proven to be crucial in advancing interoperability of Web services and SOA standards. As a founding member of WS-I and long-standing member of the Board of Directors, Software AG is pleased that the organization's effort is concluding. WS-I profiles significantly mitigate our customer's interoperability issues. We look forward to our continued involvement in this important interoperability effort as a member of the WS-I Working Group Steering Committee as maintenance transitions to OASIS."

Hans-Christoph Rohland
Senior Vice President-R&D webMethods
Software AG

About WS-I

The Web Services Interoperability Organization (WS-I) is an open industry organization chartered to establish Best Practices for Web Services interoperability, for selected groups of Web Services standards, across platforms, operating systems and programming languages.

WS-I comprises a diverse community of Web Services leaders from a wide range of companies and standards development organizations (SDOs). The WS-I committees and working groups create Profiles and supporting Testing Tools based on Best Practices for selected sets of Web Services standards. The Profiles and Testing Tools are available for use by the Web Services community to aid in developing and deploying interoperable Web Services. For more information, send email to or visit


OASIS (Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards) is a not-for-profit, international consortium that drives the development, convergence and adoption of open standards for the global information society. OASIS promotes industry consensus and produces worldwide standards for the Smart Grid, security, Web services, XML conformance, business transactions, electronic publishing, and other applications. OASIS open standards offer the potential to lower cost, stimulate innovation, grow global markets, and protect the right of free choice of technology. OASIS members broadly represent the marketplace of public and private sector technology leaders, users and influencers. The consortium has more than 5,000 participants representing over 600 organizations and individual members in 100 countries.

[Announcement source, in PDF]

Additional References

An OASIS Web Services-Interoperability (WS-I) Member Section has been created, with publicly accessible discussion list archives, membership list, etc. "The OASIS WS-I Member Section facilitates the creation and operation of an environment made up of customers and vendors in support of delivering interoperability guidance and testing of SOAP-based Web services that often goes beyond individual specification testing. The Member Section will provide coordination of any Technical Committees under its umbrella and various adoption and marketing activities it may choose to undertake. It will also provide the governance structure to accept and and manage funds."

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