Oracle has thrown its weight behind the online business-to-business (B2B) directory formed by IBM, Microsoft and Ariba designed to help bring together developers interested in creating Web-based services and products.
Oracle decided to join the consortium, after some internal debate, because it felt the three founding members had made the processes to create the base technology less proprietary. The online database is centred on the Universal Description, Discovery and Integration (UDDI) standard.
"We had issues with the process itself, rather than what they were trying to do," said John Magee, Oracle's senior director of marketing for the 9i database. "We didn't feel it was open enough for a directory that was marketed as being available for everyone in the industry."
In particular, Oracle felt that the founding members' veto power, which could potentially enable a voting bloc over the other member companies, was not in the best interest of the standard. The UDDI group has resigned that power, according to Magee.
Oracle is not the only heavyweight that declined to join UDDI in the initial phases only to come on board shortly afterward. Similarly, Hewlett-Packard originally had reservations about joining the group because it felt IBM, Microsoft, and Ariba were trying to tie the product too tightly to their own technologies.
The online database allows a company to register all of its basic corporate information, as well as all the technical aspects of its online products, such as what transport protocols it supports. One of the major benefits to the registry is that it will serve to automate the integration of B2B transactions.