webMethods Contributes To Three W3C Web Services Recommendations

Addressing speed and efficiency of message processing, company continues leadership in web services standards

London, United Kingdom. – March 17, 2004 – webMethods, Inc. (Nasdaq: WEBM), a leading business integration software company, today announced its contributions to three Web services specification recommendations recently published by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) that address improving the performance of Web services. webMethods has been a member of the W3C since 1997 and continues to actively participate in numerous working groups within the organisation that improve the development, usability and performance of XML and Web services.

As a member of the W3C Web Services Description Working Group, webMethods contributed to the development and editing of three recent recommendations: XML-binary Optimized Packaging (XOP), Message Transmission Optimization Mechanism (MTOM), and Resource Representation SOAP Header Block (RRSHB). These recommendations are expected to significantly improve Web services performance.

One of the biggest technical and performance issues for Web services occurs when a user or application is handling data that consists of two different formats, such as information with photographs. These types of situations can slow down applications, at times to unacceptable levels. XOP, MTOM and RRSHB work with the SOAP 1.2 standard to provide appropriate methods and mechanisms for transmitting multi-part data, enabling more efficient and faster message processing.

XOP offers developers a standard approach to incorporating heterogeneous data in XML documents with minimal storage and bandwidth requirements. MTOM builds on XOP to establish connections between successive SOAP nodes. RRSHB enables developers to give their applications more flexibility in dealing with intermittent or variable-rate connections, by making it possible for a SOAP message to include a local copy of a Web-based resource. This ability can speed initial processing, and can also stand-in for an actual remote resource if a connection cannot be established at the time the resource is needed.

"Turning technology into business benefit is webMethods’ primary objective. One way we do that is through our standards leadership efforts, including this recent work on XOP, MTOM and RRSHB, which optimizes the performance of SOAP 1.2," said Kristin Weller Muhlner, executive vice president, Product Development, webMethods. "These new SOAP message optimization technologies, combined with other critical Web services standards such as WSDL and BPEL, will further enable our customers to achieve their business goals. webMethods has always been committed to leadership in the progression of open Web services standards and their incorporation into our products to ensure interoperability for our customers."

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