A Global Universal Description, Discovery, and Integration Repository Is Unlikely Part of Web Services in Short Term, Says IDC

FRAMINGHAM, MA – OCTOBER 9, 2002 – The concept of a global universal, description, discovery, and integration (UDDI) repository has received much criticism as a standard component of Web services architecture due to the lack of business demand for such an implementation. According to IDC, the need for a UDDI repository is apparent at the corporate level, but on a global scale it is difficult to envision how a repository could be policed such that it serves as a benefit, rather than hazard, to business.


"The secret lies in the repository being operated by a trusted third party, and the most likely type of organization to fill this role will be the emarketplace," said Rob Hailstone, director of IDC's Systems Infrastructure Software research. "IDC believes that repositioning emarketplaces around Web services and

featuring the UDDI repository would be viable within the next two to three years. However, initial adoption rates are likely to be low until demand is driven by leading user organizations."

According to IDC, the second phase of Web services deployment, where usage is predominantly between organizations, has to be successful if the more visionary later phases are to have any chance of becoming reality. UDDI will play an important role enabling this second phase, but implementation must be in a controlled manner if the expected benefits are to be achieved.

IDC believes that UDDI deployment within the infrastructure of emarketplaces provides the level of control required within a format that creates business benefits for service providers and consumers as well as the operators of emarketplaces.

IDC's recently released UDDI in the eMarketplace: The Right Role for a Repository? (IDC #27838) presents a realistic assessment of UDDI as a global repository for the Web services movement and in the eMarketplace.

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