NTT Communications throws weight behind UDDI

NTT Communications executives said that the company joined the UDDI (Universal Description, Discovery, and Integration) organization, here at the InfoWorld Next-Generation Web Services conference on Thursday.

"We became the first UDDI (directory) in Asia," said Akira Shimaya, director of NTT USA.

A UDDI registry functions much like an online Yellow Pages, where users go to find and learn about registered Web services.

A major telecommunications company in Japan, NTT DoCoMo joins the ranks of other companies that are hosting UDDI directories, including Microsoft Corp., IBM Corp., Hewlett-Packard Co., and SAP AG.

In so doing, the company is hosting both public and private UDDI directories that offer payment, authentication, logistics, and catalogs as component services, Shimaya said. NTT DoCoMo also handles issues such as workflow and business process management for customers, he added.

"For buyers and suppliers, we offer a single, portal interface," Shimaya said.

UDDI is one of what are shaping up to be four de facto standards for Web services. The others are XML, SOAP (Simple Object Access Protocol), and WSDL (Web Services Description Language).

When taken as a whole, these core protocols enable companies to publish and describe Web services, register them in an online directory, and, ultimately, for other companies to find and consume the Web services.

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