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Real World XML Web Services: For VB and VB .NET Developers by Yasser Shohoud

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5.2. Exposing Web Services

From a business standpoint, there are great benefits to be gained by exposing existing COM-based server components as Web services. The most obvious benefit is easier integration with other platforms. As explained in Chapter 1, most business functions today span multiple supporting applications running on several platforms. Integrating these applications can improve the overall business process by removing or reducing some of the seams and gaps in existing solutions.

Businesses can also benefit from exposing existing data to other applications rather than people. In the past six to seven years, there's been an explosion of intranet applications designed to make business information readily available to more workers. ...

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