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Security key goal for Web services group

A group working to ensure the compatibility of Web services software is preparing to tackle its biggest challenge yet: security. The Web Services Interoperability organization (WS-I) was formed last year at the behest of companies including IBM and Microsoft to see to it that Web services products from different companies work together. The group now has approximately 160 members, including about 20 companies that are not information technology suppliers. Although businesses are forging ahead with Web services applications as a way of bridging differences between disparate systems, minor incompatibilities are surfacing. The WS-I’s stated goal is to make sure gear from various IT suppliers is compatible and to help customers iron out any Web services glitches. So far, the group has delivered a draft specification of basic Web services protocols, which is set to be finalized in the second quarter. Full Story

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