The Emerging Web Services Market

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A new computing paradigm known as web services is quickly gathering momentum in enterprise IT. Web services represent an emerging model for developing and deploying enterprise software applications that promises to fundamentally change not only the way companies build and deploy software, but also how they communicate with their partners and customers.

This increased flexibility emerges because web services will likely change the fundamental cost structure of enterprise application integration (EAI).

Still, notwithstanding the enthusiasm and the major investments in product development made by software vendors, the deployment of web services is very much in its infancy, and many questions remain: What are the practical implications for early adopters? What problems can web services help solve today? What are the first steps?

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