15.4. Summary

As can be seen from the discussion in this chapter, several vendors have offerings in the web services space. Some of these offerings are the outgrowth of existing product lines. In some cases, especially for leaders such as Microsoft and IBM, completely different architectures and software components have been developed.

There are several new standards that are emerging around web services and so it is difficult for vendors to choose a particular standard to abide by. In the long run, there is likely to be a convergence among various standards and technologies. This will give rise to a more cohesive web services foundational platform and strategy for the industry as a whole. However, there is still plenty of opportunity for differentiating ...

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