IBM criticizes Microsoft about SOA

    IBM criticizes Microsoft for its approach to service-oriented architecture, saying that the software giant offers "nothing representing a messaging infrastructure."

    A service-oriented architecture, or SOA, links operational applications to provide services. Creating an infrastructure where applications are connected to each other using various protocols, including XML, are aimed at improving production processes. SOA requires open standards for interoperability between applications so third-party developers can use them.

    IBM said Redmond’s approach to SOA is hindering its focus on linking MS-compliant processes. IBM Software Group CEO Steven Mills explains his company's displeasure:
    “We work with all platforms, with all programs. We integrate everything. Microsoft is trying to provide integration opportunities only to those who work on Windows-based platforms. That’s where the big difference is. ”

    Mills finds a huge difference between the approaches of IBM and Microsoft, stating that unlike Microsoft, IBM uses open standards for web services and XML.

    Microsoft and IBM are fighting for XML standards. Microsoft is promoting Office Open XML (OOXML), developed within its own walls, and wants to achieve recognition of OOXML as an ISO standard. The software giant insists that it has achieved Ecma's OOXML certification, the organization responsible for standardizing information and communication technologies, and that OOXML is no longer proprietary.

    Microsoft is one of Ecma's core technology contributors, along with IBM. However, the blue company uses and promotes the OpenDocument Format (ODF), an open and already certified ISO standard. ODF Alliance and most of the opensource community agree that OOXML is proprietary.

    The Redmond company did not comment on the situation at the time of this writing.

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