The NZ Software Association has set up a special interest group devoted to web services.
The group, a first for the NZSA, will be unveiled at Launchpad, an IBM developer event running in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch this week.
NZSA president Rollo Gillespie says the idea is to promote vendor standards and provide workshops on topics such as XML and SOAP.
“Strategically we’re all learning how significant this area is to interoperability and smoothing the integration between different vendors and preserving some of our legacy applications.
“Like all new things, web services presents an opportunity and also it presents a threat in terms of our preparedness and ability to be competitive on the world stage with software we produce in New Zealand.”
The NZSA has more than 100 local software development companies as members including Jade and gen-i.