3.7. Web Services in Action

The Harvard Business Review describes Web Services as the next IT strategy. Web Services can be deployed as a solution that addresses “data silos” or restrictive ERP-based enterprise architectures. It is a cost-effective approach to addressing integration with external processes and institutions. It is also a risk mitigation to obsolete technology, making it easier to adopt outsourced or managed services using standardized and plug-and-play Web Services.

There are many Web Services conferences (including XML One and Web Services Conference), numerous articles, and a growing number of books (more than 86 books on SOAP, UDDI, and Web Services). There is also much hype about what Web Services can do and how quick and ...

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