Of the move to join the WS-I, Darrin Wood, senior product marketing manager for mobile solutions at Vignette Corporation says, "We fully support industry standards, and we're excited about joining the WS-I because standards are becoming increasingly important in creating more efficient business processes with our customers, employees, suppliers, and other business partners." Initially, Vignette plans to join the WSBasic Profile working group, which is defining how to use standards like SOAP, WSDL, and UDDI as a foundation for Web services.
With that perspective in mind, the WS-I working groups, including Vignette, are focused on grouping key Web services standards into profiles to simplify implementation and promote interoperability.
Since this revelation, Simon Phipps, Sun's chief technology evangelist, has branded the WS-I as a front for Microsoft and IBM to disseminate their own "political sentiments veiled in openness".
Sutor and Charney's defence for not admitting Sun to the WS-I board: "Sun is not involved enough in web services."
WS-I's Basic Profile is the first set in a body of work the organization says will help ensure interoperability between web services standards that have been implemented by competing vendors.
The WS-I is, meanwhile, also planning a set of test tools and sample applications for Java and Microsoft Corp's C Sharp will be made available in the next few months.