The NY Times had a write up about Microsoft’s push to get programmers to start programer for.Net – MS’ push into online services. The Internet has helped companies move from ecommerce, to ebusiness to CRM to Sales Force Automation and other types of more single function tools. Now businesses can pull even more efficieny from the Internet via “Web services”. Microsfot and other companies are more than ready to fullfil this need.
In the NYT A Web service application, for example, might link a company’s inventory database with that of its suppliers, so parts would be automatically reordered when supplies ran low. A car’s navigation computer ó an increasingly common feature in new automobiles ó could be linked to a region’s traffic-tracking database with a Web services application. That would make constantly updated traffic reports available for helping the driver find the least- congested route home.
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