Enter the enterprise
Going in the direction of the enterprise is not what we are after. Its a hard problem. If you look at the history of Web services, those intranet scenarios where you pull the data out of your ERP system and to push together the data you have in your proprietary sales database and to update your HR database to actually create those things [is] complicated. Some day I hope to be able to put the same type of easy to use interface on top of it. But the state of the services themselves isnt there yet. And the state of some fundamental tricky problems, like authentication, non-repudiation, reliability of the messaging and things like that, are not ripe for the plucking yet. Web services arent that simple yet.