For you standards aficionados out there -- and you know who you are -- there's another spec now out for public review. The OASIS Technical Committee that oversees development of the Web Services Distributed Management
, or WSDM (pronounced "Wisdom") specification, will be accepting comments through January 10, 2005.
When it comes to management, Web services becomes both the problem and the solution. Not only do Web services need to be managed, but Web services themselves can serve as management tools. The WSDM designers recognized this logical split, and actually issued two separate working drafts of specifications: management of any IT resource via Management Using Web Services (MUWS)
and Management of Web services (MOWS)
If OASIS WSDM catches on, vendors will be employing MUWS within their management tool offerings. Thus, Web services could handle a variety of IT functions such as performance monitoring, load balancing, provisioning, security, versioning, and compliance. MOWS is a different animal, but it may be our best hope for taming the spaghetti networks that could make Web services too untenable for SOA.