SOA Reference Model
by Jim Alateras
The benefits of the reference model is that it offers a guide to people developing SOAs and provides a context for discussing and comparing SOA implementations. All good things in my opinion, especially with so many companies starting enterprise-wide SOA initiatives.
It will be interesting to read what the SOA-RM technical committee has to say about Web Services, since they are core to most SOA discussions. Personally, I would like them to address Web Services in the context of the WSDL, REST, SOAP, XML and WS-*, but this may be out of scope for the reference model.
There is a presentation about the group and its charter.
SOA RM plans
While the reference model itself will not contain things like SOAP, WSDL etc. (due to the abstract nature), it is very conceivable that we could create a sub TC to build an actual reference architecture for SOA. Such a reference architecture, based on the reference model, could include concrete bindings, protocols and specifications.