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Web-Service Specifications and Functions

Connected Services Framework
This section briefly describes the Web-service specifications that are available. The section explains their value to solution providers, their role in a broader architecture, and how they compliment each other.

Figure 3 shows a high-level grouping of the Web-service specifications published by IBM, Microsoft, and others. Note that this figure is not meant to imply a strict layering between the groups; instead, it is intended to provide an intuition about the relationships between functional areas. For example, Security does not require Description and, similarly, Description is a useful development-time concept for Messaging.

                                Figure 3. The interoperable Web services protocol architecture

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