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Web Services - Management and Compatibility
EEMA 2003 - 16th - 18th June 2003, Prague

EEMA - the independent, European non-profit association for e-Business has committed within its 16th Annual conference EEMA 2003 - the Web Services Management and Compatibility event - to bridge the information gap between suppliers, users and standard bodies on the issue of WS specifications. EEMA 2003 will clear through the smoke and mirrors to promote openness and honesty in the best interests of Web Services development.

The purpose of Web Services is to allow application to application data and process exchange across the Internet with little or no human intervention. Standards, therefore, allow Web Services developers to construct and deploy implementations that are 'ready to roll' without expensive or extensive integration work.

“The theory is sound, however there is no universal synergy of WS Standards on the horizon. We are faced with a plethora of WS specifications issued by various vendor consortia and with the significant departure of IBM and Microsoft from the W3C choreography group, it is not surprising that there is genuine concern over the widespread adoption of Web Services.” Comments EEMA member and Chairman of the Web Services ‘Face the music’ debate at EEMA 2003, Bill Pugsley the Managing Director of Perwill plc.

Pugsley continues, “WS Standards are a good thing. It is a shame that so many are working to resolve the same issue. To draw the analogy, there are hundreds of different very similar cough remedies all very similar but all claiming to relieve the same symptoms.
We rely on expert professional advice as to the best one for our condition. Until now those wanting to procure Web Services have had no such expert.”

A packed conference programme at EEMA 2003 will pool together industry experts from OASIS, Microsoft, Sun Microsystems, IBM, Hewlett-Packard, Computer Associates, BT Ignite, Oracle, VeriSign and BEA Systems amongst others. It will give delegates the opportunity to pose the challenging questions and ask for advice from multiple vendors about all the issues surrounding Web Services management and compatibility issues and WS Standards.

On Tuesday 17th June, Patrick Gannon, President and CEO of the Organisation for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards (OASIS) will present to delegates; ‘Achieving sustainable business benefits with WS Standards. ROI, cost-reduction and service expansion benefits through widespread deployment of standards-based Web Services.’

EEMA 2003 - Web Services Management and Compatibility is the association’s 16th annual conference. It takes place between June 16-18 2003, in Prague. EEMA members and non-members are invited to attend. For the full programme and to register, please visit

Platinum sponsors for EEMA 2003 are IBM, Microsoft and Sun Microsystems. Gold sponsors are HP and BT. The business track is sponsored by Integrator, the technical track by UTI Systems, the Conference Dinner by MaXware, with refreshments courtesy of VeriSign.

About EEMA - <>
EEMA, founded in 1987, is the leading independent, European non-profit e-Business association, pushing forward the boundaries of e-commerce, technology and legislation.

Its numerous interest groups, workshops, conferences and seminars each specialise in areas of current concern, to educate and inform its member companies on latest developments and technologies, whilst at the same time enabling members of the association to compare views and ideas.

Working closely with governmental bodies, standards organisations and e-Business initiatives throughout Europe, EEMA is an instrumental force in moving European business towards working electronically. Visit <> or contact EEMA at or +44 1386 793028.

About Web Services

Web Services technology enables existing programmes written in different languages to talk to each other over the internet, providing an interface to link companies, suppliers, partner networks and supply chains. For example, Web Services might be used to link a logistics company’s freight scheduling system, transportation management system and supply chain application. Prior to web services, this would have been a time-consuming costly, complicated job, involving elaborate coding and reference to over 50 standards to ensure interoperability.

The under-pinning technologies of SOAP, WSDL and UDDI have been developed to act as the back-bone to Web Services.


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