Web Services and SCO
Customers"> In his own SCO Forum address, Andy Nagle, product manager for SCOx, said this new Web services initiative will help customers more fully exploit Internet technologies and help them grow their business in new ways; it will also provide developers the tools they need. Web services would also solve the problems of diverse IT infrastructures and the difficulty of adding new technologies to grow their business."SCOx will extend our platform, and we dont think there is anybody out there doing the level of integration that we are," Nagle said. Web services are important, since they allow applications to share data and invoke capabilities from other applications. Web services would ease partner-to-partner interaction, simplify application integration, and leverage existing application investments and creates new revenue streams, Nagle said. Rajiv Gupta, the CTO of Confluent Software, gave an address titled, "Web Services: Promise and Peril." He said the Web services market is already huge today, even though many analysts are saying the market would only come into its own in 2006. "The integration market today is about $31 billion in size, and all of this is a target for Web services," Gupta said. On the "promise" side of Web services are new channel opportunities, such as eBay and Amazon; new revenue opportunities; and the cost savings involved, all of which allow businesses to become more efficient. Web services reduce integration costs by up to 10 times and lower the total cost of business while making applications available to a broader audience, Gupta said. On the "peril" side are issues around deploying Web services, and the need to control how and who was connecting with and accessing the services offered. Standards are also continually evolving and changing, he said. "The choice is yours. You can stay where you are or you can start to exploit this technology gradually. Web services are a little like a kitchen knife: very useful, but you have to be careful when using it," he concluded.
"There are four components to SCOx: SCOx Business Solutions for hosted horizontal and vertical applications; SCOx Enabled Partner Solutions, which will extend legacy applications to the Web and the integration of applications via Web services; SCOX Web services, which can be used to create composite applications tailored to individual customers; and the SCOx Application Substrate.