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WS-I Basic Profile 1.0 Demonstrated in Simple Supply Chain Management Application Documents

WS-I Publishes Sample Applications, Use Cases, and Scenarios for Public Review and Comment

Candidate Review Drafts for Supply Chain Management

Sample Application Illustrates Usage of WS-I Basic Profile 1.0

Palo Alto, California, USA. January 30, 2003.

The Web Services Interoperability Organization ("WS-I") today released a series of documents, including the Sample Application Technical Architecture, Use Cases and Usage Scenarios. These documents model a simple supply chain management application and serve to demonstrate all of the scenarios in the WS-I Basic Profile 1.0 and how a Web services application might be designed, implemented and deployed to conform to the Basic Profile.

Advancement of these documents to Candidate Review Drafts is an invitation to the Web services community to provide technical feedback. This second wave of deliverables from WS-I represents a significant milestone as it prepares to release the final version of the Basic Profile 1.0 in the second quarter of 2003.

"Today's publication of the Candidate Review Drafts signals more forward progress by WS-I and its 160+ member organization," said Tony Roby, co-chair of the Sample Applications Working Group at WS-I. "The availability of the Sample Application Technical Architecture, Use Cases and Scenarios will help define best practices for using the Basic Profile 1.0 and provide the real-world implementation guidance and support necessary for customers deploying Web services."

The Sample Application Technical Architecture details the design and implementation of a simple supply chain management application. One of the goals of the Sample Application is to explore as many of the aspects found in the Basic Profile 1.0 as possible. To this end, the Sample Application Technical Architecture implements several schema naming conventions, SOAP message formats, SOAP message styles, and WSDL design practices that all conform to the Basic Profile.

The WS-I Use Cases document captures business requirements by describing the high-level interactions between the participants (such as retailers, warehouses, and manufacturers) in the sample application.

The WS-I Usage Scenarios translates Use Cases into a set of technical requirements, defining general messaging patterns for Web services in structured interactions, identifying basic interoperability requirements for such interactions and mapping the flow of a scenario to the requirements of the Basic Profile 1.0. WS-I is requesting public comment on the Candidate Review Draft of the Usage Scenarios from all interested parties to ensure quality and broad applicability. Feedback should be directed to The release of the approved public 1.0 version of these documents is expected to be released in Q2 in conjunction with the release of the Basic Profile 1.0.

About WS-I

WS-I is an open industry organization committed to promoting consistent and reliable interoperability among Web services across platforms, applications and programming languages. The organization unites a diverse community of Web services companies by providing guidance, recommended practices and supporting resources for developing interoperable Web services. Since its formation in February 2002, more than 160 companies have joined WS-I. For a complete listing of member companies, please visit Companies that are interested in joining WS-I can request a membership kit by sending e-mail to:


Prequent Inc.
Christian DeNike
Tel: +1 408/307-1236

Prepared by Robin Cover for The XML Cover Pages archive. See further details in the 2003-01-31 news story "WS-I Publishes Supply Chain Management Candidate Review Drafts." General references in "Web Services Interoperability Organization (WS-I)."

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