What is the relationship of product to enterprise? (RE: Joel on XML)
Don is right: people want the music and Napster is a means to get it. What will .net do for them? Are there alternatives? Joel's article only serves to ask the question, is this real, and that is better answered by reading the MS technical documents. The question to ask of MS's competitors is what they have to offer to meet the same requirements. MS is getting ready to ship code so serious people begin to ask how that will be applied. The useful topic is how does one configure a system based on discovery instead of search? What is the difference? What requirements does .net meet? For starters, one has to look at one's business in terms of one's own products as exposed by these services. This isn't simple topic or key-based discovery. Contract-negotiation is a protocol unto itself. What do you want to buy or offer? How do you name that? How do you differentiate your product/service from your competitors? Do you really want to use intermediaries or do you want to work directly with the contractors? Once a contract to negotiate is established, what rules do you use to evaluate services? Once you contract for product-based services, how do you manage the work, schedule the work, know when the work is done or not done, at what level of acceptable quality? How do you rollback or rollforward scheduled events? How do you decide when a phase closes versus a singular process? There is a lot to think about. .net uses discovery documents containing sets of typed links to expose a set of services. These services can be simple RPC-like method all the way up to hierarchically nested business processes. The CITIS guys should recognize this design. Enterprises expose a product/process/organization view. Len Bullard http://fly.hiwaay.net/~cbullard/lensongs.ram Ekam sat.h, Vipraah bahudhaa vadanti. Daamyata. Datta. Dayadhvam.h -----Original Message----- From: Box, Don [mailto:dbox@d...] Perhaps that's because there are way more people interested in swapping MP3s than in administering UserLand stuff. If/when compelling services/applications are served up via SOAP, then SOAP traffic will be fairly ubiquitous.
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