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RE: What are web services good for? (WAS: RE: Two new features o f th e Web)
- From: David Orchard <firstname.lastname@example.org>
- To: "email@example.com" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
- Date: Tue, 21 Aug 2001 14:26:01 -0700
The article that you quote is on aspnews.com. ASP news promotes and covers
the Application Service Provider industry, which is effectively the browser
web service industry. From an ASPs perspective, allowing programmatic
access in addition to their current browser access is probably their next
big thing. I've worked in the ASP industry, and all the ASPs are adding
programmable XML interfaces. And further, ASPs are the only companies out
there generating revenue from the browser web service model, and they are
the only ones trying to start making money from the xml web service model.
Sun/Microsoft/BEA etc. sell into ASPs but don't make money from the
service offering. Given the ASP business model, and where they are going
to expand, they are the ones that are the closest to ground-zero of any xml
web services revolution.
Having said that, I do have some serious technical and business model
issues with all the web services hype. It's a lot harder than some vendors
want to admit.
On Tuesday, August 21, 2001 11:01 AM, Champion, Mike
> I'm glad you posted this question ... I was about to do the same thing.
> Irrespective of the details of SOAP, UDDI/WSDL/whatever, .NET ... why has
> this become the "next big thing?" As previous discussions have
> "web services" are not all that much different from what people can do
> the Web today (OK, Web services are for machines, not people ...) and
> been able to do remote procedure calls on Unix for decades, over
> for years ... what's the big deal? Why do I see assertions such as
> little argument that XML Web services are the future of computing"
> http://www.aspnews.com/trends/article/0,2350,9921_868321,00.html every
> I look at the trade press?