This introduction to the Web services adoption model shows a very
real high-level scenario for how Web services will be deployed by corpo-
rations. Chapter 3 explores Web servcies adoption in greater detail.
Web services are on the rise for many reasons. Some of these reasons are
good for businesses, some are good for consumers, some are opportunities
for entrepreneurs to create new business paradigms. It is not our intent to
over-hype Web services with reckless exuberance. Nor is it our intent to
underplay just how this rapidly emerging set of business ideas and tech-
nologies might impact our daily lives. We seek the middle ground while
striking a compelling tone.
The value chain of information technology promises to shift radically
with the emergence of Web services. The emergence of Web services has
already created many new companies hoping to tap into this new para-
digm, and there will be many more. By the time readers have digested
Chapter 8 of this book, The Web Services Vendor Landscape, which is a
brief vendor survey, some of those companies will either have been
acquired or will have gone out of business. Welcome to the Darwinian
world of emerging technology.
Web services will impact the business world in new, unexpected ways.
But before you, as a business executive or IT professional, make up your
mind about Web services too quickly, remember one thing: Business benefit
will carry the day for Web services, not technology alone. Read on, and
think business value!
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