The IT World is embracing Web services and service-oriented architectures (SOAs). In most large organizations, the implementation of Web services and of SOAs supporting those services is now part of the enterprise’s strategic direction. Within many of these organizations, one or more business-critical applications have been implemented as Web service providers.
For enterprises, using an SOA that converts existing applications into Web service providers, implements new applications as Web service providers and consumers, and coordinates the execution of Web services—such as via an Enterprise Services Bus (ESB)—is already bringing clear benefits.
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