Championing contract-driven Web services management and SOA enablement, Infravio, Inc. launched the Infravio X-registry, the company's new corporate Web services federated registry, used to stimulate internal collaboration and business-to-business use of Web services.
"The Power and ROI of Web services comes from use, the ability to connect and integrate services, and re-use, the ability to discover and share services as part of new applications," said Jeff Tonkel, president and CEO of Infravio. "Our new X-registry dramatically improves the enterprise's ability to promote use and re-use by providing a user friendly forum to advertise services to partners, customers, and fellow developers. And because X-registry also defines and manages the relationship between service providers1 and consumers2, it is the single most important product an enterprise needs to guarantee a successful SOA."
The Infravio X-registry provides companies with a single point of access for all technical and business information about Web services in their enterprise. It is the first product on the market that puts equal emphasis on provider and consumer information, leading to an unparalleled level of control across the services lifecycle. Providers can promote their services while having visibility into, and control over, who is using the service. This visibility results in improved support for the consumer.
X-registry can function as the sole corporate registry, or as a federated registry. When acting as a federated registry, the product provides a consolidated view of all UDDI and ebXML registries within the enterprise.
The Infravio X-registry brings a new dimension to promoting and managing Web services. Built on a metadata repository and using the Web Services Delivery Contract model launched by Infravio in the fall of 2003, the product manages all business and technical information about the service provider and consumer and the relationship between them.
The registry includes technical data about the Web service, such as WSDL, XML schema, and version information. Unlike UDDI registries, the Infravio X-registry directly addresses business managers and analysts by including service descriptions, service level agreements, pricing information, and other details that IT business professionals can use when considering the use of a particular Web service in their software. And X-registry is extensible, so companies can select additional metadata appropriate to their business to be included in the schema.
Infravio X-registry is much more than just a corporate directory. The product also provides a roles-based user interface for four groups of IT professionals - providers, consumers, administrators, and operations managers. The interface provides critical control and enforces processes for authorization, lifecycle management, and support.
Infravio X-registry promotes the re-purposing of existing applications and data inside companies. It simplifies the process of linking disparate business processes by providing a central location to lookup all the Web services available and the requirements for using those services, leading to better services re-use and improved ROI.
"Infravio is definitely addressing a real need in the marketplace," said Ron Schmelzer, senior analyst at ZapThink, LLC, an analyst and research firm specializing in the Web services and Service Oriented Architecture marketplace. "As companies start to implement real-world Web services, they quickly recognize how crucial advanced registry and corporate directory capabilities are to achieve the benefits they want and need. Infravio has taken a major step with their Web Services Delivery Contract(TM), now ensuring that the X-registry provides that same level of visibility and control into the provider-consumer relationship."
Defining Web Services
While IT has overcome the technical challenges of Web services, the challenges of Web services terminology remain. The following glossary defines the Web services-related terms used by Infravio in this press release.
1. Provider: The application or system developer who has created a Web service. Occasionally, provider refers to the Web service itself.
2. Consumer: A system or application that accesses - or "consumes" - a given Web service. Occasionally, consumer may refer to the business analyst, manager, or IT developer pondering or building a Web services-based application, which will be made available to end users.
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