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IBM's demonstrated commitment to WS-I
Success stories
Resources




WSI-logoThe Web Services Interoperability Organization (WS-I) was founded in 2002 to address the challenges that vendors and developers alike might face in developing and deploying Web services solutions. WS-I deliverables provide both the guidance and the information IT decision-makers need to enable them to make the right choices in regards to the interoperability potential of the Web services solutions they deploy.

Vendors provide runtime platforms and development tools that adhere to or integrate WS-I deliverables, letting developers focus on solving business problems. Using WS-I- conformant and enabled tools improves developer productivity and increases the potential that your solutions will be capable of interoperating with one another and with those of your business partners.

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IBM's demonstrated commitment to WS-I

February 2002 -- IBM and Microsoft are co-founders of WS-I
March 2002 -- IBM elected to position of President of WS-I
June 2003 -- IBM appointed to Chair of Basic Profile Working Group
July 2003 -- WebSphere Application Server 5.0.2 announces support for WS-I
August 2003 -- WebSphere Studio Application Developer 5.1 announces support for WS-I
September 2003 -- WebSphere Software Development Kit for Web services announces support for WS-I
September 2003 -- IBM appointed to Chair of Requirements Gathering Working Group
December 2003 -- IBM portion of WS-I Sample Application available
March 2004 -- IBM assists in the development of the Basic Security Scenarios draft
May 2004 -- IBM works with other key members to develop the first draft of the Basic Security Profile 1.0

Concurrent with WS-I's announcement of the member approval of the WS-I Basic Profile 1.0 in August 2003, WebSphere Studio Application Developer V5.1.1 (renamed to Rational Application Developer for WebSphere Software) was released with integrated support for the Basic Profile 1.0. You can select various levels of conformance to the Basic Profile, which validates that your Web service is interoperable at development time. With WS-I compliance set on, you know that the Web service you generate is interoperable (conformant to the WS-I Basic Profile 1.0). Application Developer also provides the capability to monitor and analyze Web services messages for conformance to the Basic Profile.

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Concurrent with WS-Is announcement of the member approval of the WS-I Basic Profile 1.0 in August 2003, WebSphere Application Server V5.0.2 provided support for the WS-I Basic Profile 1.0 (and was the first production-level application server to do so), giving developers a head start on interoperating across heterogeneous environments and enterprise boundaries.

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Eclipse is an open platform for tool integration built by an open community of tool providers. Operating under an open source paradigm, with a common public license that provides royalty-free source code and world-wide redistribution rights, the eclipse platform gives you ultimate flexibility and control over your software technology.

The Web Service Validation Tools Project (WSVT) provides tools to validate and analyze Web services with respect to the core Web services specifications and their usage together. This includes tools to monitor and analyze Web services messages for conformance to the WS-I Basic Profile 1.0. A version of the Eclipse tools has been contributed to WS-I, and the same tools are also part of the Application Developer toolset. This project moved to a subproject under the newly formed Web Tools Platform Project.

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IBM Sample Application -- WS-I has developed a sample application to demonstrate how you could construct an interoperable Supply Chain Management (SCM). You can obtain IBMs contribution to the SCM sample application from the WS-I Web site.

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IBM Education offerings supporting the development of interoperable Web services


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Success stories

IBM CIO Office
"By using the WS-I Basic Profile and Web services, we can offer our partners a quick and consistent connection to key IBM processes, independent of the platform or development tools they use.

We completed integration of the processes with 75% less effort for both IBM and our Partners. But more importantly, with the improved productivity, our Partners are able to respond more quickly to their customer needs with IBM products, improving both their revenues and profitability."

Johnny Barnes, Vice President, Global IT Solutions and Standards Business Transformation CIO Office

As a result of the success through using WS-I conformant Web services, the IBM CIO Office now requires that all future Web services projects be based on the WS-I Profiles.

The IBM jStart team is made up of highly skilled professionals and use IBM technologies and the WS-I Basic Profile 1.0 to solve customer interoperability challenges.

Here are several jStart case studies of successful engagements using WS-I deliverables to address customer interoperability issues:

  • Boeing -- Building solutions for aviation.

  • Avaya -- Improving customer service by delivering Intelligent Communication solutions to help companies transform their business and achieve marketplace success.

  • Cisco -- Built a Web 2.0 solution collaborately in hours.

Resources

For more information on Web services and WS-I, please review the following articles:

For a list of articles about WS-I, go the Press and Analyst section of the WS-I site.

Access Web services knowledge, tools, and skills at the developerWorks SOA and Web services zone, which hosts hundreds of informative technical articles and introductory, intermediate, and advanced tutorials on how to develop Web services applications.

For questions on IBMs activities supporting WS-I, please contact Dave Russell at drussell@ca.ibm.com.


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