Vitria announced its plans to support Web Services standards by the end of the fourth calendar quarter of 2001. These standards include WSDL (Web Services Definition Language), SOAP and UDDI. WSDL is used to define a web service, SOAP is used to access a web service, and UDDI provides a repository for storing Web service definitions. By adding support for these three standards, Vitria customers will be able to expose their Vitria integration solutions as “Web Services” to simplify internal integration of applications and external collaboration between partners and industries. All current connectivity and process modeling options will remain available to Vitria customers who choose not to embrace Web Services.