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   The Battle for Web Services

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Just saw this article:

	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
 > services.
 > 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?



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