Taking it to the Next Level
Web Services has been an industry buzzword for a number of years now. Although few companies have taken the plunge into a full-fledged Web Services solution, it would seem to be the next logical step for companies working with XML. However, InterSystem's Grabscheid thinks it could be some time before we see widespread adoption of Web Services. Grabscheid explains, "You can't have Web Services without XML. The adoption of XML is a few years ahead of Web Services. Most of our customers have real-live deployed XML, but almost none have Web Services." He says that most of his customers are working on integrating things within their own organizations. These projects may be local or across private network, but not many are yet focused on communications outside their organizations to other organizations.
Booz Allen's Evdemon agrees, pointing out that Business to Business (B2B) projects have taken a huge hit over the last couple of years and never quite developed as expected, but XML (and Web Services) could help change that. Evdemon thinks there is a huge future for XML, especially given the line of government initiatives in place. He says that the government has outlined 24 initiatives just for egovernment much of which will involve XML. He also expects to see more businesses using XML to move data as business schema starts to mature. He says that with data flowing between the pipes in XML, you can do datamining in real time because you no longer need to be concerned about vendor-specific formats.
He warns, however, to beware of the what he calls the "new technology syndrome" where you attempt to use XML whether it's a good fit or not. Evdemon says, "There needs to be a good case for applying XML technology." And helping disparate data work together looks like an XML case and point.
Companies Mentioned in This Article
Booz Allen Hamilton www.bah.com
CareGroup Healthcare System www.caregroup.org
XML Journal www.sys-con.com/xml