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Web Services for EAI and B2BAI

July 26th, 2002 · No Comments

John Radko writes on the why Web Services will become one of IT’s most significant innovations:

One reason is that Web services allow managers to start with the technologies they already have on hand.

Also, Web services offer IT a way to finally resolve the painful problem of application integration. That makes it a supremely valuable tool for businesses implementing Web services in areas like order management, shared forecasts, or connection of internal systems.

For example, consider the hypothetical case of a buyer wanting to inquire about the status of an order. The seller’s manufacturing system would need a SOAP interface. Then the buyer’s purchasing system could “call” the seller’s system over the Internet using Extensible Markup Language (XML) and ask, “When will my order ship?”

His conclusion: the true promise of Web services is in reducing costs, not eliminating them.

Tags: Enterprise Software

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