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The Battle for Web Services
by Christopher Koch
CIO Magazine, Oct. 1, 2003
This article suggests that the overlap in Web services standards is going
to force companies to waste a great deal of money:
> IT'S ALREADY A GIVEN: Your company is going to waste money on Web
> Research company Gartner predicts American business is going to
> squander $1 billion on misguided Web services projects by
> 2007. Exactly how much of that will come out of your pocket depends
> in part on how many confusing, overlapping Web services standards
> emerge in the next few years.
> Right now, it looks like there's going to be a lot of them.
It claims that the standardization process has fragmented, basically into
two camps, and that there is a great deal of duplication and confusion:
> The Web services standards process began to fall apart this year. No
> fewer than four organizations - Liberty Alliance, Oasis, W3C and
> WS-I - are vying to preside over the process, each with different
> goals, each with differing degrees of power and influence.
> And two opposing camps of vendors have emerged: an uneasy alliance
> of IBM and Microsoft versus nearly everyone else. Both groups are
> busy duplicating each other's work.
> Both are proposing Web services specifications - some proprietary,
> some not - with unclear patent and licensing implications for
> CIOs. In an arena as complex as Web services, confusion is not a
> good thing. But right now, that's the situation.
Is this article accurate? Is there any hope for the situation to improve?