Lori MacVittie has written an excellent introductory article to SOA governance, including an overview of relevant standards and the different kinds of product offerings.
The OASIS Web Services for Remote Portlets (WSRP) Technical Committee announced today that WSRP 2.0, the latest major revision of the portal integration technology specification has gone into public review.
WSO2 last week released Tungsten, an Apache license web services appserver platform that supports all the components of the WS-* stack and provides an integrated, tested runtime combining all the key components of the Apache Web Services stack. Tungsten apps can be written as POJOs or via direct programmatic access to XML using AXIOM or the STAX API (The Streaming API for XML).
ACID transactions don't work for long-lived use cases. This article documents historic approaches taken in the CORBA and J2EE communities toward extended transactions, how SOA is a more natural fit, and why WS-TX & WS-CAF may finally hold the answer.