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webMethods, Inc. Helps Drive Web Services Standards with WS-MetadataExchange Specification

webMethods Continues Commitment to Standards Leadership

Company Continues to Help Drive Web Services Standards

Co-Authors WS-MetadataExchange Specification

Fairfax, VA, USA. September 22, 2004.

webMethods, Inc., the industry's first Web services infrastructure company, today reaffirmed its commitment to Web services standards leadership with the announcement that it co-authored the recently published Web Services Metadata Exchange (WS-MetadataExchange) specification. The specification, released September 20 [2004] by webMethods, BEA, Computer Associates, IBM, Microsoft, SAP and Sun, is an important building block in creating flexible and adaptable Web services-based systems. It furthers the promise of Web services to reduce the cost and complexity of integrating systems between different platforms, operating systems and programming languages.

WS-MetadataExchange provides a mechanism that allows Web services to discover information about each other. This information, or metadata, can describe Web services attributes, such as location, interface and policy requirements. WS-MetadataExchange defines a series of request-response interactions that allow Web services with no a priori knowledge of each other to exchange such metadata.

"webMethods is committed to help drive Web services standards, and the recent co-authoring of the WS-MetadataExchange specification advances this cause," said Andy Astor, vice president, Standards and Platform Strategies, webMethods, Inc. "From its inception, webMethods has taken a strong leadership role in Web services standards development, and the company will continue to promote the adoption of specifications that fulfill the promise of ubiquitous Web services."

The specification authors are hosting a feedback workshop at webMethods' Sunnyvale, California offices on Thursday, October 14, 2004 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. PST. The workshop is an open forum for specification authors to share background information on the design of the specification and to receive feedback from attendees. More information about the workshop is available at:

webMethods maintains an active leadership position with several standards organizations, including the Web Services Interoperability Organization (WS-I), the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) and the OASIS. In April 2004, webMethods was re-elected to WS-I's board of directors. webMethods has been actively involved with WS-I for the past two years, exhibiting leadership as co-editor of the WS-I Basic Profile, Chair of the Marketing and Communications committee, and a member of the Testing Tools and Basic Security Profile Working Groups and the Profile Composition and Attachments task forces.

webMethods is currently Chair for the W3C's Web Services Internationalization Working Group, and is a co-editor for WSDL 1.2, XML Schema and the W3C Web Services Internationalization Usage Scenarios. Within OASIS, webMethods is a co-editor of WS-BPEL and WS-Notification.

This current level of involvement is indicative of webMethods' rich history of commitment to driving Web services standards. The company was an original contributor to the SOAP specification with Microsoft in 1997 and co- authored and contributed WIDL — the predecessor to WSDL — to the W3C. webMethods is also a founding member to the UDDI advisory group and made major contributions to UDDI 2.0. Additional significant contributions to Web services standards includes, co-developer of XML Query Language, the predecessor to XPATH; lead architect to RosettaNet; co-author to Security Assertions Mark-up Language (SAML); co-author to XML Key Management System (XKMS); and co-author of the Open Management Interface (OMI) specification.

About webMethods, Inc.

webMethods is the industry's first Web services infrastructure company. webMethods' innovative integration, Web services, portal and analytic solutions enable more than 1,200 enterprise customers worldwide to run, measure and optimize their business. Recognized in 2003 as the fastest growing software company in North America by Deloitte, webMethods is headquartered in Fairfax, Va., with offices throughout the U.S., Europe, Asia Pacific and Japan. More information about the company can be found at


Prepared by Robin Cover for The XML Cover Pages archive. See details in the news story "Revised WS-MetadataExchange Specification Supported by CA, Sun, and webMethods."

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