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Middleware Company: SOA Blueprints Getting Broad Thumbs-Ups


The Middleware Company unveiled “broad industry support” for a new SOA Blueprints release available immediately. SOA Blueprints is a set of best practices for developing applications that use service-oriented architecture (SOA). SOA includes principles and practices for sharing, reusing and orchestrating business logic represented as services or components. SOA Blueprints contains an open specification, third-party expert validation, and implementations using multiple technologies. The new release is the second public draft, available for review at SOABlueprints.com.

The Middleware Company provided the following details:

SOA Blueprints has received support from BEA, HP, Iona, Microsoft, Oracle, Rogue Wave Software, Sun Microsystems, The Middleware Company, VERITAS Software and several other companies, that may engage in three ways:

1. By providing a best practice implementation of the SOA Blueprints specification (BEA Systems, IONA, Microsoft, Oracle, Sun Microsystems, The Middleware Company, Pramati, Diamelle Technologies, Rogue Wave Software, a division of Quovadx, Inc.)

2. By leading the formulation of best practices not currently described by SOA Blueprints (Borland, HP, VERITAS Software, 7irene, E2E Consulting, MindReef, PushToTest)

3. By contributing to the expert group or through ecosystem development (Arjuna Technologies, GrandCentral Communications, Truelink, WestGlobal, Xede)

"The momentum and support around SOA Blueprints has exceeded our expectations," said Salil Deshpande, CEO of The Middleware Company, a research and media company. "Since its launch in May there have been more than 30,000 downloads and nine commitments to build comparable implementations using various technologies such as J2EE, .NET and open source. This effort includes individuals, consulting companies and large software vendors working non-politically together to achieve a common goal. We continue to be excited by the interest and progress we are seeing."

SOA Blueprints, started by The Middleware Company and BEA Systems, Inc., is an industry effort designed to help corporations more easily and affordably build service-oriented architecture (SOA). SOA Blueprints highlights best practices through GeneriCo, a fictitious business entity, described in a functional and behavioral specification to demonstrate how SOA can solve real-world issues. SOA Blueprints creates a common vocabulary to discuss SOA in an architecturally neutral way allowing comparable implementations to be crafted using different technology sets including J2EE, .NET and Web Services.

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