Web service platforms take root in enterprise

Chau, Fiona
November 2004
America's Network;11/1/2004, Vol. 108 Issue 16, p12
Trade Publication
This article points out that Web services platforms are becoming more and more common in the enterprise space. Thanks chiefly to standardization into a Basic Profile based on protocols such as WSDL, UDDI, XML and SOAP, enterprises are seeing Web services not just as a means of solving integration problems within their LANs, but also a key component of applying the same concept on an inter-organizational level. Web services mean greater flexibility in their business processes and easier integration of applications, both of which also translate into lower network costs. However, the concept of Web services is continuing to evolve, driven in no small part by one of the paradigm's shortcomings: the inability to deal with real-time events within the network. Web services are typically built around a service-oriented architecture (SOA), in which a client or Web services user invokes a service from the server. The downside of this approach is that it is reactive rather than proactive. Consequently, enterprises and the Web services vendor community are turning their attention to event-driven architecture (EDA).


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