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John Swainson

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Sometimes the mistakes of youth can haunt a person later in life. If you aren't careful, the same could happen to your business with high-tech's latest industry game changer: Web services. It's the next phase in e-business and something every executive should be considering. If the first phases of e-business focused on extending existing business systems to the Web, this next phase is about linking your systems with those of your suppliers, customers, and partners. This will save time and money, and could change the competitive landscape. Web services are nothing more than Web-based interfaces to applications that enable them to communicate and collaborate on tasks without human involvement. The magic is that by using an interface based on industry standards (you may have heard of some of them, such as XML) you can rapidly open up a closed technology infrastructure ... (more)