: IBM Eyes Hosted Web Services"> Jason Bloomberg, an analyst with ZapThink LLC, of Cambridge, Mass., said that Project Allegro is ahead of its time. Billing and metering will be an important aspect of Web services, but not until late 2004 or early 2005, after such issues as security, management and transactions mature and are dealt with. Other industry observers say another key issue that needs to be settled before billing and metering becomes important is determining who would want to pay for Web services. Sutor said Project Allegro allows for flexibility in handling all of these issues.Meanwhile, Microsoft, of Redmond, Wash., and CA, of Islandia, N.Y., this week announced plans to team to host a series of technical training sessions to help developers build Web services based on Microsofts .Net technology. The sessions will be held prior to the Microsoft Enterprise Conference in Anaheim, Calif., next month. The companies plan to cover the gamut of XML Web services development and deployment, and will focus on developing Web services with Microsoft Visual Studio .Net and managing and monitoring them with CAs AllFusion Harvest Change Manager and Unicenter systems management solution. Also this week, Dimension Data Holdings plc, a London-based technology services company with U.S. operations in Reston, Va., announced a pre-configured Web services platform with hardware, software and infrastructure packaged to enable organization to pilot and then deploy actual production-level Web services. The company provides a server loaded with application software, a Web server, a database server and an application server. It also offers the Dimension Data Web Services Framework with monitoring and security features, sample applications and bundled services, the company said. Dimension Data officials said its server platform is based on .Net technology, and that the company will offer versions of its platform for Java 2 Enterprise Edition- and Linux-based systems later this year. Related Stories:
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Bloomberg is skeptical. "Business models that require paying for content online have proven to be extraordinarily difficult to establish," he said. "Why will paying for Web services online be any different?"