Both Mark Nottingham and Tim Bray write about the proposed standardization of WS-Transfer, WS-Enumeration, WS-MetadataExchange and WS-ResourceTransfer – at the W3C, of all places.
Needless to say, I believe all of these specifications to be totally unnecessary. But I have no idea how the authors, including IBM and Microsoft, could abandon standardization without publicly admitting that WS-* has failed. Considering that the WS management stack is based on these and the amount of money that has been
wastedspent on this by now, this would be just too embarrassing.