Here's a handy definition of web services from one of the industry's star startups, Avinon. I've highlighted it to remind myself of the phrase "process syndication", which is what Avinon's platform enables, and indeed is an excellent encapsulation of what web services in general empower enterprises to do.
posted by Phil Wainewright 10:10 AM (GMT) | comments | link
No easy fix for the web-based credibility gap
Yet another startup promises to solve the credibility gap between web-based apps and their more richly featured desktop equivalents. This company is founded by an Apple and Excite@Home veteran, so at least it understands the challenges. But many have already tried and failed in this quest; the solution is unlikely to be a single fix.
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Tuesday, November 27, 2001
Fair payment for digital rights
A fully functioning web services architecture will support the syndication of content and services through multiple layers of providers in highly complex ways. One of the knottiest problems is going to be making sure everyone gets fairly paid for their contribution. Digital rights management (DRM) is part of the solution, and maybe ContentGuard's eXtensible rights Markup Language (XrML), now in version 2.0, will be part of the solution.
posted by Phil Wainewright 10:14 AM (GMT) | comments | link
Assembling on-demand services to automate business, commerce, and the sharing of knowledge