Integration key to success of Web services.

Position:Internet Focus

The IT industry is famed for its ability to leap onto bandwagons resulting in islands of unconnected applications and business processes. Web Services functionality is becoming an industry commodity before the model has even emerged beyond the safety net of internal use. The ability to integrate systems with external trading partners and organisations has yet failed to be given serious thought and consideration and this is a serious mistake. Web Services is potentially a key enabling technology, providing a common platform for businesses to be linked both inside the enterprise and also with trading partners. Most major EAI and Business Process Management technology vendors are embracing Web Services technologies, and user organisations at last have a well-defined route to extensive integration of business processes. However, although vendors are...

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