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Web Service Leaders Support WS-MessageDelivery Specification

Web Service Leaders Rally Behind WS-MessageDelivery Specification

Companies Support Key Royalty-Free Building Block for Complex Web Services

Santa Clara, California, USA. May 24, 2004.

Today, Arjuna Technologies Ltd., Enigmatec Corporation Ltd., Hitachi, IONA Technologies, Inc., Nokia Corporation, Oracle, SeeBeyond, Sonic Software, and Sun Microsystems, Inc. announced support for the WS-MessageDelivery specification recently submitted to the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) in accordance with the W3C's royalty-free licensing requirements.

WS-MessageDelivery will make it easier to build complex applications using Web services by standardizing the way Web service endpoints are referenced when multiple Web services are engaged in common message exchange patterns. Designed to facilitate the patterns outlined in Web Services Description Language (WSDL), this specification lays a foundation to achieve far more sophisticated message-based interactions without sacrificing the loosely coupled model that underlies Web services.

An example of a message exchange pattern enabled by WS-MessageDelivery is the "callback pattern" — where one service sends a request to a second service, but instead of waiting idly for a reply, continues doing other work until notified that the second service has finished processing the request. Prior to WS-MessageDelivery, proprietary messaging constructs were needed to identify the callback service, limiting the development and interoperability of this key capability between vendors.

A fundamental tenet of WS-MessageDelivery is to reduce the complexity application developers encounter when implementing real world business applications composed of Web services. It does this by taking a WSDL-centric approach for referencing Web service endpoints building on existing structures. It is also designed to be extensible and composable so that other specifications can utilize its foundation.

"The WS-MessageDelivery specification adds an important, fundamental piece to the open Web services architecture," said David Ingham, CTO at Arjuna Technologies. "The availability of a royalty-free addressing standard is crucial as a foundation for higher-level Web services specifications and for the adoption of Web services in general."

"Enigmatec is happy to support WS-MessageDelivery as it will move forward the adoption of the Enterprise Grid and Web services," said Steve Ross-Talbot, Chief Scientist, Enigmatec Corporation.

"Hitachi applauds the introduction of WS-MessageDelivery to the W3C," said Takao Nakamura, Senior General Manager, Software Division, Hitachi, Ltd. "Addressing and transport characteristic abstraction of SOAP messaging along with definition of message exchange patterns expands applicability of Web services in many constructive ways. The introduction of key Web services technologies free of intellectual property hindrances is fundamental to wide-spread adoption and market acceptance."

"We are quite pleased that the W3C has acknowledged the submission of WS-MessageDelivery," said Eric Newcomer, CTO, IONA. "Addressing is a crucial aspect of moving enterprise Web services forward, and an open, standard addressing model will be of tremendous benefit to the industry."

"Nokia is pleased to be a co-author of the W3C WS-MessageDelivery Note. The open specification of Web services message delivery will be a fundamental component for wide adoption of Web services. We also welcome additional contributions of Web services specifications to open standards processes, which are basic drivers for wide adoption of Web services," said Frederick Hirsch, Senior Architect at Nokia.

"As one of the authors of the WS-MessageDelivery specification, Oracle believes that its submission to the W3C is a key step toward enabling organizations to provide business critical services over the Internet," said Donald Deutsch, vice president, standards strategy and architecture, Oracle Corp. "We encourage other vendors interested in open interoperability and wide applicability of Web services to collaborate with us on this important royalty-free specification."

"The proposal of the WS-MessageDelivery specification serves as yet another important step towards maturing the set of technologies necessary to support the proliferation of Web services," said Alex Andrianopoulos, vice president of Product Management & Standards for SeeBeyond. "As a leader in the delivery of a fully integrated platform for composite application development, SeeBeyond continues to stand behind the elimination of proprietary vendor technologies that inhibit the evolution of complete interoperability."

"The introduction of WS-MessageDelivery brings a royalty-free and standards-focused technology to bear on referencing and delivery, pillars of the Web services world that have not yet been addressed in a truly open forum," said Glen Daniels, Standards Strategist at Sonic Software. "Sonic strongly supports both community innovation and convergence in this space, so we stand behind this submission to the W3C and look forward to future work by all players to solidify this important area."

"Sun is very pleased by the W3C's acknowledgment of our WS-MessageDelivery submission. We expect this technology to enable standardized addressing and message correlation mechanisms that our Java Enterprise System can then use to lessen application developers' burden," said Mark Bauhaus, Vice President Java Web Services, Sun Microsystems. "We hope that all companies interested in this important activity will join us and collaborate in its further development, openly and under royalty free terms."

Companies Supporting WS-MessageDelivery

About Arjuna Technologies

Arjuna is a leading independent supplier of standards-based middleware technology for reliable distributed systems. Created from the former Hewlett-Packard Arjuna Lab, HP's Centre of Excellence for transactioning, Arjuna is privately owned and based in Newcastle upon Tyne, England. Arjuna's products include transactioning and reliable messaging software for J2EE and Web services. Having pioneered the world's first transactioning toolkit for Web Services, released in March 2002, Arjuna now offers complete multimodal transactioning support integrating CORBA, J2EE and Web services. Visit for more information.

About Enigmatec Corporation

Enigmatec Corporation has developed an automated application execution platform for grid computing. The company's Reactive Intelligence Framework (RIF) delivers a grid solution for Scalable Policy-based Management. RIF's patent protected software enables business processes to be deconstructed, decoupled, distributed and autonomically managed within a highly distributed, diverse runtime environment in a location and platform independent manner. See:

About Hitachi

Hitachi, Ltd., headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, is a leading global electronics company, with approximately 340,000 employees worldwide. Fiscal 2002 (ended March 31, 2003) consolidated sales totaled 8,191.7 billion yen ($68.3 billion). The company offers a wide range of systems, products and services in market sectors, including information systems, electronic devices, power and industrial systems, consumer products, materials and financial services. For more information on Hitachi, please visit the company's Web site at

About IONA

For more than a decade, IONA Technologies has been a world leader in delivering high performance integration solutions for enterprise IT environments. IONA pioneered standards-based integration with its CORBA-based Orbix product family. The Artix product family, IONA's new generation of integration solutions, extends IONA's commitment to service-oriented industry standards, including Web services.

With its partners, IONA is the only company that can deliver NOW on the promise of service-oriented integration, making it possible for customers to achieve system longevity and agility at a significantly lower cost.

IONA's customers include Global 2000 companies in telecommunications, financial services, aerospace, and manufacturing, including AT&T, Verizon, BellSouth, Deutsche Telekom, British Telecom, Hong Kong Telecom, NTT, Credit Suisse, Merrill Lynch, Winterthur Insurance, Zurich Insurance and Boeing.

IONA is headquartered in Dublin, Ireland, with U.S. headquarters in Massachusetts and offices worldwide. For additional information about IONA, visit our Web site at

About Nokia Corporation

Nokia is the world leader in mobile communications, driving the growth and sustainability of the broader mobility industry. Nokia is dedicated to enhancing people's lives and productivity by providing easy-to-use and secure products like mobile phones, and solutions for imaging, games, media, mobile network operators and businesses. Nokia is a broadly held company with listings on five major exchanges. See:

About Oracle Corporation

Oracle is the world's largest enterprise software company. For more information about Oracle, visit our Web site at

About SeeBeyond

Based on 14 years of software innovation and real-world experience in integrating systems across Global 2000 organizations, SeeBeyond delivers the industry's first fully integrated platform for the development and deployment of composite applications. Beyond eAI, the SeeBeyond Integrated Composite Application Network (ICAN) Suite helps organizations rapidly assemble and deploy enterprise-scale end-user composite applications built on existing systems and infrastructure to dramatically improve business operations. SeeBeyond has approximately 1,900 customers worldwide, including ABB, ABN Amro, BHP Billiton, The Cleveland Clinic, The Dial Corporation, DuPont, Florida Power & Light, Fluor Daniel, Fujitsu, General Motors, Halliburton, Hertz Corporation, Hewlett-Packard, Pfizer, Samsung, Sprint, Sutter Health and UnitedHealth Group. For more information, please visit

About Sonic Software Corporation

Sonic Software, the inventor and leading provider of the enterprise service bus (ESB), enables over 700 customers to integrate their distributed enterprise with a standards-based, service-oriented architecture (SOA). The patented innovations of Sonic products deliver enterprise integration and messaging with superior flexibility, high scalability and continuous availability.

Sonic Software is an independent operating company of Progress Software Corporation, a US$300+ million global software industry leader. Headquartered in Bedford, Mass., Sonic Software can be reached on the Web at or by phone at +1-781-999-7000 or 1-866-GET-SONIC.

About Sun Microsystems

Since its inception in 1982, a singular vision — "The Network Is The Computer(TM)" — has propelled Sun Microsystems, Inc. to its position as a leading provider of industrial-strength hardware, software and services that make the Net work. Sun can be found in more than 100 countries and on the World Wide Web at

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