Sun, WebMethods win WS-I election

Sun Microsystems and webMethods have won coveted seats on the board of directors of the Web Services Interoperability Organization (WS-I), which is developing profiles and recommended practices for using Web services to integrate systems.

Winning the seats were Mark Hapner, Sun chief Web services strategist, and Andy Astor, vice president of enterprise Web services at webMethods. On April 1 they will join representatives of founding board members Accenture, BEA Systems, Fujitsu, Hewlett-Packard, IBM, Intel, Microsoft, Oracle, and SAP AG. Sun has a two-year seat and webMethods has a one-year seat. The original members, however, have permanent seats.

The 166 WS-I member organizations conducted voting last week. The WS-I is not disclosing precise voting results.

Cape Clear Software, Nokia, SeeBeyond Technology, and VeriSign were unsuccessful in bids to serve on the board.

The WS-I was founded in February 2002. Sun originally did not participate in the organization, after it was not offered a board seat despite its Java language being a major Web services deployment platform. Sun began participating as a member company last fall.