OASIS Tunes SOA for Telecoms

Many of the worlds largest players in SOA and telecommunications are joining in an initiave to optimize SOA for telecoms. Member companies include: IBM, Alcatel-Lucent, Avaya, Computer Associates, Microsoft, Nortel, Oracle, Progress Software, and Verisign.

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Many of the worlds largest SOA players are collaborating on an initiative to optimize Services-Oriented Architecture for the telecommunications industry.

The OASIS standards consortium has launched the Telecommunications Services Member Section (OASIS Telecom) to use SOA for making telecommunications services more intelligent, deployable, and easy to consume. Initial members include  BEA, IBM, Primeton, Alcatel-Lucent, Avaya, CA, Microsoft, NEC, Nortel, Oracle, Progress Software, and Verisign.

Meeting under the OASIS umbrella, the vendors will collaborate to resolve Telecommunications Issues within a new SOA framework tuned specifically for telecom issues.  Items on the OASIS SOA-for-telecom agenda include:
(a) work to optimize the Web services stack for telecommunications industry
(b) develop common data models to enable the seamless exchange of information between networks and between the network and application domains, and
(c) align work already in place at OASIS and in the telecommunications community on identity and naming.

Two OASIS board members underscored the needs for current SOA standards and methodologies to better support real-time and complex networking capabilities, both targets of the initiative.

Abbie Barbir, co-chair of the Oasis Telecom steering committee, said: "We recognize there are gaps that prevent today's SOA standards from delivering the complete integration and interoperability that telecommunications providers need. "The most effective way to bridge these gaps is a cooperative effort that brings the expertise of telecommunications, IT and standards bodies together within the organization that is responsible for defining core SOA standards."

"By exposing the underlying value of the network to IT applications--while at the same time allowing the network to access IT services--OASIS Telecom can enable communications companies to redefine their role from access providers to service providers," said Stephane H. Maes of Oracle, co-chair of the OASIS Telecom Steering Committee. "The work of OASIS Telecom will help communications companies achieve a homogeneous environment that spans time-sensitive and traditional IT services."

Last month, OASIS memebrs demonstrated the interoperability of the eXtensible Access Control Markup Language (XACML) version 2.0.