Web Services and the Enterprise

Connected Services Framework
Distributed computing has become a norm over the years. Web services provide a logical progression toward loosely coupled enterprise systems in which applications can be exposed as a set of Web services that can be combined in various ways to provide composite applications that can adapt to fast-changing business needs. Web services are transforming IT and represent a powerful new way to reduce cost and drive top-line growth throughout the enterprise. Thus, Web services and Service Oriented Architecture bring new opportunities and challenges, which are described by the following sections.