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Developing Web services using the Microsoft.Net platform: technical and business challenges

Wendy L. Currie (Centre for Strategic Information Systems, Brunel University, Uxbridge, Middlesex, UK)
Xinkun Wang (Centre for Strategic Information Systems, Brunel University, Uxbridge, Middlesex, UK)
Vishanth Weerakkody (Centre for Strategic Information Systems, Brunel University, Uxbridge, Middlesex, UK)

Journal of Enterprise Information Management

ISSN: 1741-0398

Article publication date: 1 October 2004

Abstract

This paper discusses an ongoing research programme, which explores the development of the software‐as‐a‐service business model by different service providers (xSPs). With the demise of the first phase of the ASP market, due to the failure of vendors to provide business value to potential and existing customers, Web services promise to resolve some of these problems by integrating software applications across heterogeneous technology platforms and business environments. Whether this will be achieved is the subject of continuing debate. This paper presents the preliminary findings from a study, which uses the Microsoft .NET technology platform to develop Web services. Two Web‐enabled prototype databases are discussed. The paper concludes that Web services is still relatively new, but if key technical and business challenges are resolved, it may provide value for the customer where ASPs failed.

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Currie, W.L., Wang, X. and Weerakkody, V. (2004), "Developing Web services using the Microsoft.Net platform: technical and business challenges", Journal of Enterprise Information Management, Vol. 17 No. 5, pp. 335-350. https://doi.org/10.1108/17410390410560973

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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