NEW YORK -- The race to support emerging Web services standards is on.
Integration software vendor webMethods said it will support current standards including SOAP (simple object access protocol) and WSDL (Web service definition language) by the end of this year. The company also plans to demonstrate support for UDDI (universal description, discovery and integration) around the same time.
The move comes as other leading IT infrastructure software vendors position themselves to take advantage of the expected surge of interest in Web services, and is designed to make it easier for companies to convert their existing business processes into such Internet-enabled services.
IBM claims that its WebSphere Java development environment already supports deployment of applications as Web services. Meanwhile, Microsoft is expected to provide more details of it its .NET Web services strategy next month.
WebMethods worked with industry leaders to define the early specifications for SOAP, and was a co-author of the Web services security standard XML Key Management Specification, built upon WSDL and SOAP. The company argues that firms with complex IT infrastructures will use Web services to exchange data between applications across their enterprises and over the Internet with trading partners.
The software vendor believes companies like FedEx and Dun & Bradstreet -- two of its customers -- will use Web services to gain greater visibility into their supply chain and a clearer picture of their manufacturing capacity, as well as to improve their forecasting ability.
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