Microsoft and IBM Sun Microsystems excluded from the Board of the Web Services Interoperability Organization (WS-I), an industry consortium that will shape the development of Web services standards. Sun managers must decide whether the WS-I join as an active member – a less influential role that lacks the veto and agenda-setting powers of a board position. So recruited leading IT vendors – including several WS-I Board Members – technologies that compete with the proposed standards to create … Read more »

Microsoft and IBM Sun Microsystems excluded from the Board of the Web Services Interoperability Organization (WS-I), an industry consortium that will shape the development of Web services standards. Sun managers must decide whether the WS-I join as an active member – a less influential role that lacks the veto and agenda-setting powers of a board position. So recruited leading IT vendors – including several WS-I Board Members – technologies that create competing with the proposed standards developed jointly by Microsoft and IBM. Consequently, Sun was able to use the fear of a lengthy battle standards among IT users and providers, the. Perhaps under pressure to Microsoft and IBM to reverse their position relative to a WS-I board position for Sun The stakes were high, web services – software modules that enables the exchange of information over the Internet, within and between enterprises interoperability in a number of hardware, operating system and programming platforms – were expected to be the dominant technology for enterprise computing become.
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Fernando F. Suarez,
Thomas R. Eisenmann
Source: Harvard Business School
19 pages.
Publication Date: Mar 08, in 2005. Prod #: 805 095 PDF-ENG
Sun Microsystems, Inc: Web services strategy HBR case solution

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