Within a more distributed model of the business Internet, a flexible, open, yet comprehensive framework is required to embrace this diversity, encouraging agreement on standards, but also stimulating the innovation and differentiation that is fueling the growth of B2B eCommerce.
The framework also needs to allow businesses to describe the business services their Web sites offer, and how they can be accessed globally over the Web. A global solution needs to go beyond traditional directories, but needs to define standards for how businesses will share information, what information they need to make public, what information they choose to keep private, and how to describe their services and their business.
The solution is the creation of a service registry architecture that presents a standard way for businesses to build a registry, query other businesses, and enable those registered businesses to interoperate and share information globally in a distributed manner, just as the Internet was intended to be used.
A Web services framework and public registry will enable buyers and sellers and marketplaces around the world to share information, to connect Web services at low cost, to support multiple standards, and to prosper in the new digital economy.