What Are Web Services?

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Convert Existing Business Systems To Make Them Available Online

Web Services provide a simplified mechanism to adapt your businesses applications into Web applications, regardless of the technology or devices they use, or their location. 

They do this in a standardised way which means that we can make any application functionality available for use over the Internet and can link together customers and business partners applications in order to run business processes in real time.

Do I need to be running web services?

The ability to have applications (internal or external) share data automatically with no human intervention creates cost savings, productivity increases, error reductions and competitive advantages that are easy to understand and easy to quantify. 

If real-time application-to-application integration in a quick and simple way is your goal then Web Services are the mechanism for you, read on to learn some of their other benefits...

The Technical Bit:

The basic Web services platform uses XML + HTTP.

XML provides a standard language which can be used between different platforms and programming languages and still express complex messages and functions.

The HTTP protocol is the most used Internet protocol.

Web services platform elements:

  • SOAP (Simple Object Access Protocol)
  • UDDI (Universal Description, Discovery and Integration)
  • WSDL (Web Services Description Language)

To find out how web services could improve efficiency and save your organisation money, get in touch today!

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