Fellow ZDNet analyst Dana Gardner provides an analysis of this week's announcement in which IT vendors are handing over the specifications for Service Component Architecture (SCA) and Service Data Objects (SDO) to OASIS.
Dana calls this an important advancement for SOA:
"This move shows an aggressive path for major vendors to making SOA the basis for modern computing, and for seeking a powerful standards and compliance force in the market to promote heterogeneity in the production, use, compositing, and extension of applications and data services."
Microsoft is not part of the mix (what else is new, right?), but Dana notes that "SCA/SDO is nonetheless expected to make interoperability between .NET- and non-.NET-based services a natural and rudimentary aspect of SOAs." This move also is "another indication of Java's waning role in the advancement of modern tools."