Starting with Web services
- By Johanna Ambrosio
Here are some tips from those who have been there:
1. Start small with something that needs to be done and will provide
value to business users, but is not a 'bet the farm' type of thing.
2. Form a 'skunkworks' team within the IT group. Download
Web services kits from multiple vendors and start playing and learning.
3. Develop plans to work on expanding the different skill sets of various
IT staffers. Mainframers may need some Web tools training, while client/server
or Web developers in the bunch may need some help in understanding how centralized
architectures can be their friend.
4. Plan for a management challenge as you expand the number of applications
or components that are Web services. You will need to buy or develop software
to manage this process so that developers and others will know what services
are at their disposal and so you do not unwittingly reinvent the wheel.
5. Web services are, at their essence, about abstracting business processes.
Make sure the IT staff has some training in these concepts, too.
For more information, please see the following related
articles: 'Web services:
Report from the field' and 'Explaining Java and Web
Johanna Ambrosio is a freelance writer based in Marlborough, Mass., specializing in
technology and business. Contact her at email@example.com.