SAIC’s SOA for Energy update

BP, Chevron, ExxonMobil, Saudi Aramco, Shell and Energistics involved in services architecture pilot.

SAIC’s Tom Schultz has kindly provided an update on the Energy Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) Interoperability Collaboration Forum’s activity since we first reported on the initiative last year (OITJ December 2007). The SOA for Energy kick-off event was held in February where companies including BP, Chevron, ExxonMobil, Occidental, Saudi Aramco and Shell agreed to take part in the interoperability standards pilot. This six month project began in March, using the standards document provided by BP as a starting point, and is soon to release a draft standard for review by the broader community.

Work is now in progress on a ‘one voice’ edited version of the document and on identifying and documenting use cases. The plan is to vet the standards in a more public forum, establish a means for publishing the document and a plan for extending and keeping the standards up-to-date. The group has completed reviews and first pass edits of what will become the ‘Web Service Interoperability Technical Standards document’ and has started the process of transitioning ownership of the standards to Energistics. This transition includes the formation of a technical architecture work group under the auspices of the Energistics industry services special interest group as well as leveraging Energistics capabilities for guiding a public vetting of the standards document. More on SOA for Energy from

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