In terms of strategy, what approaches are vendors taking in developing Web services technology?
I'll take the term "vendors" to mean software vendors. Like all "hype-driven" computing standards, basically everyone is signing up with Web services, including business application vendors, application integration vendors, application development vendors, even office automation vendors. It's similar to the Web back in 1995.
The approach each vendor takes varies greatly. However, application integration vendors all seem to be exposing their application integration subsystems as Web services, albeit they will do this using different mechanisms and varying degrees of success. Application development vendors are enabling their tool sets to create and leverage Web services.
As 2002 closes, we'll be able to better to answer your questions. Right now it's difficult to distinguish the vapor from the real products.
Dig Deeper on Enterprise Application Integration (EAI)
Related Q&A from David Linthicum
David Linthicum explains what advanced business application programming (ABAP)/4 means.continue reading
David Linthicum defines Service Component Architecture (SCA) and Service Data Objects (SDO) and explains how to best build these components to enable...continue reading
David Linthicum explains how it is possible that Apache Tomcat is both a Web server and an application server.continue reading
Have a question for an expert?
Please add a title for your question
Get answers from a TechTarget expert on whatever's puzzling you.