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Sunday, June 18, 2006
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I saw the recent announcement that IBM had donated its implementation of WSDM (Web Services Distributed Management) to Apache and was also assigning dedicated development resources to the effort.

The two competing web services management specifications in the area are WSDM, which is backed by BEA, HP, IBM, Oracle and others, and WS-Management which is backed by AMD, BMC, Dell, Intel, Microsoft, Sun and others.

But back in early 2005, in a moment of shared clarity, the two competing vendor groups decided to merge the two specifications together, which is excellent news for the user community. But the reality that underscores the decision is that any vendor who was working on incorporating either WSDM or WS-Management into their tooling/product stopped working on it. In short, WSDM and WS-Management specifications as they existed are effectively dead! Everyone is waiting for the merged specs to come out such that they can implement them, which is probably still 18-24 months out.

So what does it mean when IBM touts contributing WSDM to Apache? Nothing more than PR. Move along now, nothing to see here...

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