The Object Management Group (OMG) software developers association has entered into a reciprocal membership agreement with the CommerceNet Consortium, the Internet trade group, in an effort to help promote the OMG's Common Object Request Broker Architecture (CORBA) and its Internet Inter-ORB Protocol (IIOP).
The agreement is intended to let members of the two organisations work more closely together to integrate CORBA and IIOP into e-commerce applications, according to a joint statement released by the groups.
As businesses seek to create increasingly complex e-commerce applications, they need robust communications standards that go beyond traditional Internet protocols such as HTTP (Hypertext Transfer Protocol). This is where CORBA and IIOP come in, according to OMG President Christopher Stone, in a statement.
For its part, CommerceNet, through its eCo (CQ) System project, is developing an object-oriented technology framework for Internet commerce that promotes interoperability among and reuse of applications and services. This framework will be built on CORBA/IIOP. Together, CORBA and IIOP are intended to allow objects to communicate with each other, no matter where they reside on the Internet.