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Executive's Guide to Web Services (SOA, Service-Oriented Architecture)

ISBN: 978-0-471-26652-5
240 pages
April 2003
Discover how Web services can improve cost-savings and make your organization more competitive. You’ll get summaries of developing standards, current vendor positions (Microsoft, Novell, IBM, Oracle, Sun), and industry examples of Web services solutions and benefits.

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CHAPTER 1: A Day in the Life of a CIO.

A Brief Recap: The Past 10 Years.

Business Value from Web Services.

Web Services Adoption Model.


CHAPTER 2: Standards, Concepts, and Terminology.

Real-Life Web Services.

Web Services Defined.

Adoption of Standards.

Standards Framework.

Web Services Stack.

Standards Governance and Interoperability.



CHAPTER 3: Web Services Adoption.

Adoption Model.

Phase One: Integration.

Phase Two: Collaboration.

Phase Three: Innovation.

Phase Four: Domination.

Obstacles to Adoption.



CHAPTER 4: Strategic Implications of Web Services.

A Business Perspective.

Value Chain Analysis.



CHAPTER 5: Vertical Market Implications of Web Services.

Vertical Market Adoption and Deployment.

Manufacturing Verticals.

Financial Services Verticals.

Additional Business Scenarios.



CHAPTER 6: Where to Begin?

Reality versus Hype.

Three Steps to Successful Web Services.

Where-to-Begin Checklist.



CHAPTER 7: Architecting for Competitive Advantage.

Evolution of Computer Systems.

The Enterprise Architecture.

The Service-Oriented Architecture.

The Future of Enterprise Architectures.

Platform Implementation Considerations.



CHAPTER 8: The Web Services Vendor Landscape.

Vendor Categories.



CHAPTER 9: The End Is Only the Beginning.

Epilogue (One Year Later).


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ERIC A. MARKS is an independent consultant and author. Previously, he was Vice President of Market Development with StreamServe Americas. Formerly, he was a client advisor with Cambridge Technology Partners, and before that he was managing director with BrightRoad, a division of Ontos Inc. He is the author of Business Darwinism: Evolve or Dissolve: Adaptive Strategies for the Information Age (Wiley).

MARK J. WERRELL is a business consultant based in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He has served as a senior executive with various technology companies, most recently spending eight years with Cambridge Technology Partners. Prior to joining Cambridge, he held management positions with Cap Gemini and Oracle Corporation in the United Kingdom.

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