We have been meeting with the SCA folks for a while and staying in close touch with its progression. We have finally made it official however and joined in the SCA effort. The list of companies collaborating in the development of SCA is now up to 17 - BEA, Cape Clear, IBM, Interface21, IONA, Oracle, Primeton Technologies, Progress Software (formerly Sonic Software), Red Hat, Rogue Wave Software, SAP AG, Software AG, Sun, Sybase, TIBCO, Xcalia, and Zend. These 17 organizations span SOA and applications companies to infrastructure and open source providers….
Progress has joined the SCA/SDO Collaboration because it is promising initiative to provide a simplified yet powerful component model for SOA. Progress has been very busy in the last couple of years rounding out its portfolio of SOA infrastructure offerings, which includes the Sonic Enterprise Service Bus (ESB) and Actional SOA management product suites. We expect SCA to help move the industry toward a model in which components can be connected and assembled using a common framework whether they’re deployed on an application server, across a distributed, ESB environment or connected through Web services.
There’s a new vendor-neutral web site, (www.OSOA.org), where we have posted new draft SCA specifications for a declarative policy framework, improved description of connectivity with bindings specifications for JMS, JCA and Web Services, and new BPEL and PHP authoring models. In addition, draft specifications for Service Assembly; Java and C++ service authoring; and SDO have been updated. The SCA specifications are designed to help simplify the creation and composition of business services while the SDO specifications focus on uniform access to data residing in multiple locations and formats.