Technology enablers for SaaS – Web Services
This week we focus on Web Services, a topic often associated with
SOA, but not quite the same. While SOA is an architectural concept,
which we covered in detail last week, web services is more of an
Now, it’s probably quite well-known that Web Services are an open
standards-based way of creating and offering applications. It is
about exchanging structured documents that contain different amounts
of information as well as information about that information,
architecture of participation, applications as platforms, and
creating rich user experiences. Having said this, the major traction
that they have gained is attributed to the ease with which they can
be implemented and their accessibility from any platform, both
locally and remotely.
Making an application platform and technology independent, with the
ability to talk to other applications and share data and services
among these applications, is one reason as to why Web Services are
widely considered by SaaS providers. No doubt, a VB or .NET
application can talk to Java web services and vice versa. The
standardized protocols that they adopt for communication ensure them
with wide range of choices and reduced cost of communication. And
their support for other communication mechanisms like FTP, other
than SOAP, over HTTP or HTTPS, further strengthen their stand in
this realm. They are self-describing applications and support
different technologies such as B2B, EAI, EDI etc.
From a SaaS perspective, Web Services render automatic discovery
mechanism which helps the customers find the services they require
from a provider easily. This in turn has, substantially increased
the revenue of the provider by exposing its available services to
others, and by partnering with other providers and third–party
In this webinar, you will learn:
* How to validate your product idea.
* Usage of Web 2.0 concepts in the enterprise ecosystem.
* How you can enhance the quality of your product.
* How to leverage the latest development tools,
technologies and platforms available.