In what is becoming a familiar theme in the Web services arena, a BEA Systems Inc. official stressed the need for standards for security and reliability during a keynote speech at the O'Reilly Emerging Technology conference here last Thursday.
Detailing the computer industry's evolution from legacy MIS departments to PCs to client-server to the Internet, BEA's Adam Bosworth, vice president of engineering, noted that Web services is getting a lot of attention these days. But issues such as security and reliability must be addressed, he said.
"[Web services] is the next big thing. There's certainly enough hype," Bosworth said. Enterprises will start to use Web services in business-to-business applications, but there are no security standards yet, Bosworth said. Reliability also is lacking, he stressed.
"We're working with a bunch of companies like Microsoft, because at the end of the day we have to get the standards into Web services for reliability and security, and I think you will see those standards in the stack at the end of this year [to support b-to-b applications]," Bosworth said.
Noting issues faced in communicating with mobile devices, such as connectivity and latency problems, Bosworth also said client computing models must be changed.
Bosworth joins a chorus calling for Web services security standards, with organizations such as the Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards (OASIS) also seeking better security.
Web services must be loosely coupled and asynchronous, but the current model is for building tightly coupled, synchronous services, Bosworth said.