Testimonials for W3C's SOAP 1.2 Recommendation

These testimonials are in support of W3C's SOAP 1.2 Recommendation.

BEA is very pleased to see SOAP 1.2 become a W3C Recommendation. SOAP 1.2 provides a key specification for building Web services. The technical improvements, as well as the Royalty-Free status, will foster faster adoption of Web services in the IT industry. BEA continues to support the standardization of Web services specifications in a Royalty-Free manner, and the W3C as an essential forum of such foundational work. BEA Systems, a leader in standards, supports SOAP 1.2 in our WebLogic Platform.

-- Ed Cobb, Vice President of Standards and Architecture, BEA Systems

SOAP is the foundation technology for Web services and a critical component of the emerging technical infrastructures of Grid and IBM's e-Business On Demand computing initiative. IBM continues to be instrumental in driving SOAP to become a platform and language-neutral mechanism for application integration suitable for widespread deployment, and in developing the SOAP 1.2 specification at W3C. IBM is committed to the development of open standards for Web services and their incorporation into our products, thus ensuring the interoperability and viability of solutions for our customers, and we are pleased to endorse SOAP 1.2 as a W3C Recommendation.

-- Karla Norsworthy, Director of Dynamic e-business Technologies, IBM

Microsoft Corp., IBM Corp., DevelopMentor Inc., Lotus Development Corp. and UserLand Software Inc. submitted SOAP version 1.1 to W3C in 2000 to kick-start the standards and design work for Web services. The W3C SOAP version 1.2 recommendation is a milestone in the evolution of the Web services architecture. SOAP version 1.2 builds on the initial specification's early success and widespread adoption, while bringing significant technical benefits to applications developers. Having provided product support and co-authors for all SOAP versions, Microsoft will continue that support with SOAP version 1.2, infusing the specification across products and services, including the next versions of .NET Framework and Microsoft Visual Studio development system, with the goal of interoperability across heterogeneous environments.

-- Steven VanRoekel, Director of Web Services, Microsoft Corporation

As a major contributor to the XML Protocol Working Group, Oracle is pleased to endorse the W3C SOAP 1.2 Recommendation. This standard represents a significant step toward industry-wide interoperability of Web services and further demonstrates the importance of the W3C's open, consensus-driven process and rigorous public review. Oracle will be fully supporting SOAP 1.2 across all of its products, including Oracle9i Application Server, Oracle9i Database, Oracle9i JDeveloper, and Oracle E-Business Suite, and encourages customers and other vendors to quickly adopt this important standard.

-- Don Deutsch, Vice President of Standards Strategy and Architecture, Oracle Corporation

SAP AG is delighted to see SOAP 1.2 moving into its final stage as a W3C Recommendation. Based upon the feedback from implementers and other end-user groups, the W3C has greatly enhanced the messaging, creating a more mature specification. SAP expects quick, broad industry adoption of the popular W3C Web services protocol and will consider SOAP 1.2 support in SAP's NetWeaver product based upon our customer needs for a fully interoperable platform.

-- Franz-Josef Fritz, Vice President, Technology Architecture, SAP AG

Enabling a services-oriented architecture (SOA) based on Web Services requires a strong commitment to global standards, such as SOAP Version 1.2. Our participation in the W3C's XML Protocol Working Group and support for SOAP in the SeeBeyond® Integrated Composite Application Network (SeeBeyond ICAN) Suite are demonstrations of our commitment to the evolution of Web Services.

-- Alan Davies, Vice President of Standards, SeeBeyond

As a long-time supporter of standards-based solutions and their value to customers in containing costs and enabling vendor choice, Sun applauds the W3C in moving SOAP 1.2 to final standardization. SOAP 1.2's improvements for distributed XML-based messaging is an important point of progress for the industry, and customers can expect to see Java platform and Sun ONE product support for this latest version of SOAP in the near future.

-- Connie Weiss, Director of Web Technologies and Standards, Sun Microsystems, Inc.

The SOAP 1.2 specification is a major step forward in providing robust standards that will further the adoption of Web services. Systinet provided a reference implementation for SOAP 1.2, and we are pleased to be involved in this important effort.

-- Roman Stanek, CEO, Systinet Corporation

webMethods has long been a leader of industry standards. Consequently, we are extremely pleased to have not only contributed to the development of the SOAP 1.2 standard, but also to also see it approved as a Recommendation. With more than 400 issues resolved, we believe SOAP 1.2 will help increase the adoption rate of Web Services. Before businesses can be comfortable deploying Web services throughout their organizations, they need to know that these deployments will be viable and interoperable. SOAP 1.2 goes a long way towards meeting these needs. webMethods is looking forward to supporting SOAP 1.2 within the webMethods Integration Platform, as this standard is a key component to our customers’ Web Services-based integration strategy.

-- Andy Astor, Vice President of Enterprise Web Services, webMethods, Inc.

WS-I is pleased to see the release of the SOAP 1.2 Recommendation from the W3C. This is a valuable step forward for the popular SOAP specification, and we expect there will be broad industry adoption. WS-I remains committed to supporting industry-wide collaboration in the creation of open and interoperable standards. As SOAP 1.2 is put into service, WS-I will consider incorporating the specification into a future version of the Basic Profile and will respond as neccessary if interoperability issues are identified.

-- Tom Glover, Chairman, WS-I

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