Tech Outlook 2004: A Look Ahead at Web Services

 
 
By Peter Coffee  |  Posted 2003-11-24 Email Print this article Print
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

The worst thing that could happen to Web services technology is that it becomes defined by a single vendor, warns Peter Coffee.

The worst thing that could happen to Web services technology is that it becomes defined by a single vendor. Enterprises that want to retain platform choice must demonstrate a preference for multivendor standards, such as the Basic Profile definition of service interoperability that was put forth by the Web Services Interoperability Organization and that gained considerable traction toward the end of this year. Both Microsofts .Net and Suns Java 2 Platform, Enterprise Edition platforms espouse compatibility with that standard, which makes the crucial leap from what various Web services specifications allow to what interoperable services must provide.

Weve seen no better demonstration of Web services potential than at Microsofts recent Professional Developers Conference keynote demo, in which it took only minutes to code an application that took a picture with a cell phone camera, annotated that picture with Global Positioning System location data, appended weather service data on local conditions and placed the resulting report into a Web-based document management system.

Microsoft is working with Vodafone Group plc. to merge the strengths of existing mobile infrastructure with the tools and the skills base of Web services development in Microsofts Visual Studio .Net. Any Web services platform provider that wants to remain relevant next year should be seeking similar synergies.

Check back on eWEEK.com tomorrow for our predictions on networking.
 
 
 
 
Peter Coffee is Director of Platform Research at salesforce.com, where he serves as a liaison with the developer community to define the opportunity and clarify developers' technical requirements on the company's evolving Apex Platform. Peter previously spent 18 years with eWEEK (formerly PC Week), the national news magazine of enterprise technology practice, where he reviewed software development tools and methods and wrote regular columns on emerging technologies and professional community issues.Before he began writing full-time in 1989, Peter spent eleven years in technical and management positions at Exxon and The Aerospace Corporation, including management of the latter company's first desktop computing planning team and applied research in applications of artificial intelligence techniques. He holds an engineering degree from MIT and an MBA from Pepperdine University, he has held teaching appointments in computer science, business analytics and information systems management at Pepperdine, UCLA, and Chapman College.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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