There is a school of thought that believes Web services will really start to take off when public UDDI directories/registries become more widespread. Essentially, once these directories are in place, enterprises will be able to find a wealth of object-oriented applications that can be automatically integrated with enterprise applications to provide
As shown in Figure 7-1, Gartner Group (a highly respected research and analysis firm) estimates that Web services will really start to take off in 2005 as public UDDI directories emerge and mature.
Source: "Web Services: Software as Service Comes Alive," Daryl Plummer, October 2001. Used by Permission.
When should your organization adopt Web services? The answer depends largely on two factors: (1) the skill set of your programmers (particularly in the areas of object programming and messaging architecture), and (2) your organization's need (
Much activity to date in terms of Web services development has been focused on B2B transactions as well as on reducing application development costs.
From a B2B perspective the important point is that Web services are based on a
With respect to reducing application development costs, many
Finally, many organizations are starting to recognize that Web services offer them the potential to open new markets, or to service existing markets in new and different ways.
When should your organization adopt Web services? Now —if your organization has a need to consolidate existing application objects, or can take advantage of Web services to reduce application development costs, or has found a way to open new markets. By 2005 —if your organization is looking to capitalize on a vast application database that will manifest itself in public UDDI directories of the future.
Chapter 8. What Vendor Selection Criteria Should Be Used?
Chapter 9. Should We Adopt .NET or J2EE?
Chapter 10. Vendor Comparison—Contrasting Various Product and Service Offerings
Chapter 11. A Review of Where This Book Has Taken Us
Summary Observations and Conclusions
In This Chapter
How Do You Build/Acquire Web Services Applications? Three Approaches
A Closer Look at the Application Server Marketplace
First-Pass Look at the Market Positioning of Some of the Application Server Competitors