May 30, 2002
O'Reilly Releases "Planning for Web Services" Research Report
Sebastopol, CA--The buzz about web services gets louder every day.
Is it just the latest hype, or is the promise of the Web finally going
to be fulfilled with this new class of internet-native applications?
Planning for Web Services, the latest report from O'Reilly Research,
provides a realistic appraisal of web services' current state and
future prospects. Written by noted author and consultant Clay Shirky,
the report's plainspoken, impartial analysis guides readers through a
strategic evaluation of web services technology. "Planning for Web
Services" lays out critical technical and business issues and takes a
hard look at web services' potential to lower costs, increase
interoperability, and boost efficiency.
In "Planning for Web Services," Shirky defines the scope of web
services, then looks at how they are being implemented today and where
and how they're likely to take hold in the near future. Topics include:
- How web services can replace EDI (Electronic Document Interchange)
- Using web services as middleware to create network-aware applications
- Advantages and hurdles to implementing web services on intranet,
extranet, and public internet sites
More than thirty of the key players in this emerging sector are
profiled in the report, from major tech companies like Sun, IBM, and
Microsoft to startups that are driving much of the innovation in web
services. "Planning for Web Services" concludes with a straightforward
checklist of the strategic issues and questions every IT decision-maker
should answer before committing to web services.
Planning for Web Services:
An O'Reilly Research Report
By Clay Shirky
0-596-00364-1, Order Number: 3641
150 pages, $495.00 US
About the Author
Clay Shirky has shaped and chronicled the evolution of web services
since their inception. A popular speaker, consultant, and prolific
writer, Shirky focuses on the economic and social effects of the
Internet. A former columnist for "Business 2.0," his writings have also
appeared in the "New York Times," the "Wall Street Journal," the "Harvard
Business Review," and the O'Reilly Network.
O'Reilly Media spreads the knowledge of innovators through its books, online services, magazines, and conferences. Since 1978, O'Reilly Media has been a chronicler and catalyst of cutting-edge development, homing in on the technology trends that really matter and spurring their adoption by amplifying "faint signals" from the alpha geeks who are creating the future. An active participant in the technology community, the company has a long history of advocacy, meme-making, and evangelism.
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