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Web Services explained

From Business Week, What exactly are web services?
  • Web services refer to a set of programming standards used to make different types of software talk to each other over the Internet, without human intervention.
  • Like Hypertext Markup Language (HTML) that's the face of all Web programming, no one owns these technologies.
  • Web services can also refer to technology that's delivered to a consumer or business over the Internet. It means less up-front costs for the customer. It means the customer gets software updates more frequently. And it means the people who wrote the software -- the ones who know it best -- are the same people running it on a day-to-day basis.
  • Today's Web-service companies design their software from the ground up to be delivered over the Internet as a service. That's a big difference. It means their business model can scale, and the bigger they get, the more profitable they become because they're building on that initial research and development investment.

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