The Pros and Cons of Web Services
List of Arguments Pro: Web Services are standards-based. Pro: Web Services’ loose coupling leads to increased modularity and flexibility in complex, distributed IT environments. Pro: Since Web Services are dynamically described, they will lead to systems that can be upgraded automatically. Pro: Web Services reduces integration costs. Pro: Web Services simplify Business to Business Integration (B2Bi). Pro: Web Services enable new business models. Pro: Web Services leverage existing technology and skill sets. Pro: Web Services enable less technical business people to “assemble” software solutions without the need for coding. Pro: The Business Climate is Favorable to Web Services. Con: Web Services are immature. Con: Some vendor solutions are single-vendor approaches which conflict with the open standards-based vision of Web Services. Con: It is unclear where the money will be made in offering Web Services. Con: The name “Web…

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Web Services Technologies & Trends
From its inception through 2002, the primary application for Web Services in the enterprise was to simplify point-to-point integration between systems, thereby reducing the cost of integration. This application of Web Services, however, only scratches the surface of the true potential of Web Services — enabling companies to build agile business processes and IT systems that can respond to change through the use of loosely coupled, standards-based Service-oriented architectures. The business value of such architectures in terms of the business agility they provide is substantial, but as of early 2003, only a few early adopter enterprises have built such architectures, partly because few tools for building Service-oriented architectures are available on the market, and furthermore, there is little understanding of the best practices companies should follow to build such architectures. This report seeks to clarify the requirements for realizing the value of Web Services by providing a set of emerging…

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Web Services Technologies and Trends
Key Findings: The Web Services market is segmented into three major segments: Web Services Platforms consisting of a Web Services Development Environment and Web Services Runtime Environment Web Service Application Development Suites Web Services Operations Management 75% of surveyed companies stated that their planned Web Service deployments will be internally-focused 64% of surveyed companies stated that Enterprise and Data Integration was the primary focus of their Web Service implementations 61% of surveyed companies plan a pilot test of Web Service-based applications within the next 12 months 58% of current Web Services pilots are being deployed on the Java2 Enterprise Edition (J2EE) infrastructure Table of Contents: Executive Summary Scope of Report Web Services — Baseline Definitions Problems addressed by Web Services and ROI Current State of the Market of Web Services Market Sizing, Numbers, and Stats Pieces of the Puzzle: Standards and Specifications SOAP Implementations Portability and Interoperability Issues and Challenges…

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The Pros and Cons of XML
Table of Contents: Introduction Basis for Comparison Brief History of XML Pro Arguments with Counterpoints Con Arguments with Counterpoints Conclusion Appendix A: What is XML? Key Findings: There are 18 key arguments favoring XML There are 9 key arguments challenging XML Does XML represent a revolutionary technology change or is it basically the same old thing in new packaging? There are compelling reasons for XML’s longevity, but are matched by equally compelling challenges to its adoption and usage. There is an element of “religiousness” to various arguments on the pro and con side of XML. Ignore the hype and let your business needs determine your usage of XML Ignore the naysayers and evaluate how XML can truly impact your needs for the better WSTechnologiesTrends-122001-ZT-WEBSRV-1…

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