What are Web Services?
Web Services enable applications to exceed the borders between PCs, mobile devices, and the internet. Using XML and Web Services dramatically reduces the costs for transactions between organizations. Therefore, this will result in beneficial changes for the overall structure of companies and other organizations. Tasks that have been considered unsuitable for outsourcing will be the core business of new companies. Existing solution providers are under pressure to adapt their businesses. XML and Web Services have caused a landslide in the software tools vendor landscape. New versions of existing tools now provide support for XML and Web Services, and a bunch of new software has been developed. Think of Application Servers, Integration Servers and Enterprise Service Busses.
You can ignore Web Services if:
- Your organization has no relationship to customers and suppliers
- If the price of business transactions doesn't matter
- Your business doesn't change
- Your company uses five-year plans