An important emerging standard in the web arena, known as SOAP (Simple Object Access Protocol), originally developed by Microsoft, has achieved a new milestone. Since IBM joined in support for the SOAP standard with increased security, SOAP may replace DCOM, and possibly even CORBA eventually. The W3C consortium has just released a new version, 1.2, which will be widely accepted and adopted by vendors.
It is likely that CORBA (Common Object Request Broker Architecture), from the Object Management Group (OMG), will continue to thrive, due to its high level of industry acceptance and use. It is also likely that groups like W3C and the OMG will build bridges to transfer information from one architecture to another, such as was done with COM and CORBA, but as we have often stated, one standard is better than many . User Recommendations Customers are advised to keep a close eye on the development of the