The Web Services Value Chain Page 2
By Jean-Christophe Cimetiere of TechMetrix Research
The software vendors have all done their homework on Web services though, and have, at a minimum, announced a strategy.
- Microsoft is touting out .NET, for which SOAP is a key element
- Sun has delivered its vision of Web services through SUN One, a wrap-up of its existing portfolio (http://www.sun.com /software/sunone /portfolio/)
- HP has unveiled NetAction, a suite of in-house-developed and acquired products (http://www.hp.com/products1/softwareproducts/software/netaction)
- IBM has launched Dynamic e-business (http://www.ibm.com/software/solutions/webservices/), as well as being one of the early supporters of SOAP, initiating the SOAP4J project given to the Jakarta project as an open source framework
- BEA announced its commitment to support all Web service-related standards in its products (http://www.bea.com/press/releases/2001/0226_web_services.shtml)
In the coming months, support for Web services will become a key feature for enterprises choosing an application server. The four critical criteria for evaluating Web services support is already established.
- Use or reuse of components and business objects
- Productivity of the tools for Web services enablement
- Performance and reliability (load balancing and failover)
- Compliance with standards