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Web services are moving from the latest buzzword to a mature and accepted technology. Mainstream companies such as Eastman Chemical, Wells Fargo, and NEC have begun deploying significant Web Services-Based Integration (WSBI) projects. Avnet Computer Marketing (Avnet CM) is one of many companies also betting heavily on Web services. This month, "Web Services in the Real World" describes Avnet CM's strategic foray into WSBI (see sidebar). We'll explore their business objectives, why they chose Web services for some parts of their architecture (and not others), and the results they achieved. Background Avnet Computer Marketing (Avnet CM) markets enterprise technology products from the world's premier computer manufacturers and software suppliers. Customers include value-added resellers (VARs) and enterprise customers, and Avnet CM provides them with marketing support, p... (more)

Why Web Services Work

Having been endorsed by virtually every technology vendor on the planet, Web services are now evolving from "feature" to "fabric." They are moving from the latest buzzword (hot new feature) to a mature and accepted technology (fabric of the technology landscape). The hype is fading; it is no longer interesting to develop Web services simply as a proof of technology, or as an end in themselves. This series explores the use of Web services in real-world situations, with the purpose of identifying usage patterns. The idea behind the series is to help answer questions like: Where an... (more)