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Web Services Business Strategies and Architectures

An outstanding collection of 19 white papers. highly recommends this book for all IT Managers, System Architects, Lead Developers, and Business Visionaries.

The book certainly contains the information that is hard to find anywhere else! And the breadth of topics covered is just perfect. The size of the book, the font used and illustrations are absolutely easy to read and understandable.

The book starts with a brief introduction to Web services with discussion on why the Web services are important. For any business, to implement any technology, it is important to envisage the return on investment (ROI ). That's the focus of second chapter.

The third chapter answers some tough questions related to selling Web services. The next two chapters compare and contrast Web services with enterprise application integration (EAI) and business-to-business integration (B2Bi). The fifth chapter contains discussion on Integration brokers and Web services.

The sixth chapter explains the effect of Web services on ERP (enterprise resource planning), and how Web services make ERP better. The next chapter uses UPS online e-commerce tools example to detail the E-Logistics process integration.

The eighth chapter talks about role of UDDI and WSDL and how they can be used to create eMarketplaces.

Chapter 9 highlights some facts about how Web services are playing role in the real estate industry.

Chapter 10 (read this chapter online) contains a detailed coverage on business process standards (such as ebXML BPSS, XLANG, WSFL, and BPML) for Web services.

Next chapter talks about STP (straight through processing) and how Web services can be used for STP.

Chapter 12 looks at what a Web service intermediary is and the kind of services that they provide. Chapter 13 gives a nice introduction to ebXML , the global electronic business standard.

Chapter 14 talks about the Web services architecture from various vendors, including Microsoft, IBM, Sun, Oracle and BEA. Chapter 15 compares .NET with J2EE , and chapter 16 is the extension to previous chapter, with special focus on interoperability.

Next two chapters (17 and 18) contain a detailed description on Web services security and network security for Web services. The discussion includes information on Web services framework providers (such as IBM Web services and Microsoft .NET) and security products (from vendors such as Netegrity, Quadrasis, Grand Central, Oblix and so on).

The final chapter in the book contains information on remote object references and how existing middleware (such as CORBA, RMI, EJB, DCOM, and .NET Remoting) support remote references.

Summary: An excellent source of information on Web services. Free from any hype, gives a clear and concise description of benefits and risks involved with implementing Web services.

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