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WS-I Re-Elects webMethods to Board of Directors

WS-I Re-Elects webMethods to Board of Directors

Adobe Systems, America Online, Ford and Toshiba Join Web Services Interoperability Effort

Palo Alto, California, USA. April 12, 2004.

The Web Services Interoperability Organization ('WS-I') today announced that Andy Astor, vice president, strategic solutions at webMethods, Inc., has been re-elected to the Board of Directors by the WS-I member community. Astor will serve a two-year term alongside representatives from Accenture, BEA Systems, Inc., Fujitsu Ltd., HP, IBM, Intel Corp., Microsoft Corp., Oracle, SAP AG and Sun Microsystems. WS-I also announced today that Adobe Systems, Inc., America Online, Inc., Ford Motor Co. and Toshiba have joined as contributing members.

"That webMethods has been elected for a second-term to WS-I is a tremendous vote of confidence in our leadership from the Web services community," said Andy Astor, vice president, strategic solutions at webMethods. "We are grateful for the opportunity to continue to leverage our integration and interoperability experience to bring a platform-independent, pragmatic perspective to the WS-I Board of Directors. As a leader in Web services-related standards effort for the past seven years, webMethods has demonstrated its commitment to WS-I principles and will continue to promote the adoption of specifications that enable Web services interoperability across all platforms, applications and programming languages."

Interest in WS-I has remained high since its founding in February, 2002, and end-user company involvement continues to grow. Today, WS-I welcomed Adobe Systems, America Online, Ford Motor Co. and Toshiba as contributing members. More than 30 percent of WS-I's membership is now comprised of end-user companies from industries including automotive, financial services, healthcare, insurance, telecommunications, and travel and hospitality.

"The enormous interest we've received from such a broad base of industry leaders demonstrates the importance of WS-I's mission and the emphasis companies are placing on Web services interoperability," said Tom Glover, chairman of WS-I. "WS-I has aligned around a common definition of Web services based on open industry standards and is delivering the necessary tools and implementation guidance for creating interoperable Web services. End-user company involvement is essential and we are pleased to welcome our newest contributing members to the community."

Membership in WS-I is open to all organizations committed to promoting interoperability among Web services based on industry-accepted definitions and open standards support. Companies that are interested in joining WS-I can download membership materials at

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 170 companies have joined WS-I. For more information, please visit, or e-mail

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Prepared by Robin Cover for The XML Cover Pages archive. General references in "Web Services Interoperability Organization (WS-I)."

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