Leverage industry standards to open up your business and IT functions

Web services enable the sharing of logic, data, and processes across networks using a programming interface.

Web services are characterized by:

Web services can use various protocol specifications. The most important are:

Web services provide interoperability

By using web services, value is created by providing interoperability between systems, particularly for heterogeneous platforms, protocols, and channels. This is done by exposing business or IT functionality as a “service” with a standardized interface contract and accompanying Quality of Service information. Furthermore, service encapsulation of the functionality contained in your legacy systems isolates users of the web service from changes to the details of the service implementation behind the contract.

Web services evolution

Today, web services continue to evolve and provide new ways to benefit the connected enterprise. The convergence of forces created by mobile, social, cloud, and big data analytics is causing a trend in the industry towards usage of RESTful (Representational State Transfer) services with JSON (JavaScript Object Notation) format. REST is a type of software architecture with a client/server request/response style and has emerged, along with JSON, as a predominant web API design model and works well in an SOA environment.

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