Looking to bring e-marketplaces and e-commerce applications into the realm of Web services, Commerce One, Ariba, i2 Technologies and VerticalNet are working to arm their wares with the necessary protocols.
Simple text messages live at the core of every successful Internet application. XML seeks to grow the expressive power of these texts while preserving their accessibility. Java, although born to the Internet, has been oddly slow to embrace these paradigms.
Joining the likes of IBM Corp., Microsoft Corp. and Sun Microsystems Inc., BEA Systems Inc. next week is expected to map out a Web services strategy that would provide enhanced access to and interaction with business functions over the Internet.