Until last week, Sun Microsystems has been notably absent from the Web Services Interoperability Organisation (WS-I ), which was established in February to promote Web services interoperability in the IT industry.
That absence is now history.
In an announcement last week, Sun said it's joined the WS-I as a contributing member to help create Web services standards among a field of vendors for platforms, applications and programming languages.
The move by Sun came after WS-I members changed the group's by-laws to allow the expansion of its board of directors by two seats.
Sun previously said it wouldn't join the standards group without having a chance to be on the board. The company has now said it will seek one of the two seats when the board is expanded in March.
"Sun has received requests from many parties to participate in WS-I, and the new board member positions allowed us to reconsider our original stance and join the organisation," said Mark Herring, Sun's senior director for Java Web Services, in a statement. "We have always applauded the objectives of the WS-I and intend to be energetic participants in the industry effort to promote transparency, openness and interoperability in the marketplace."
Participants in the 100-member WS-I already include Microsoft, IBM and Oracle.
"We are pleased that Sun has decided to join WS-I," Edward Cobb, vice president of architecture and standards for BEA Systems, said in a statement. "As the steward of Java and a leader in enterprise systems, Sun has much to offer the organisation."
Tom Glover, president of WS-I, said in a statement that Sun's contributions will be "critical to our efforts to promote universal Web service interoperability".