Service-oriented management boosts Web services
The emergence of Service-oriented Management software will lead the rapid
growth of Web services management products, which will reach $9.2 billion in the
next five years, predicts ZapThink LLC., a Waltham, Mass.-based consulting
Small vendors are rushing to build such products in advance of major
suppliers, which are expected to dominate Web services management by 2005,
according to a ZapThink report released this week.
''There are quite a number of new vendors in this space,'' said Jason
Bloomberg, senior analyst at ZapThink, an XML and Web services-focused industry
analyst group. ''If anything, there are too many. It's clearly a window of
opportunity for some of these newer players to become established and gain some
traction, because the larger players also have Web services management on their
product road maps. We talked to BMC, IBM/Tivoli, HP/OpenView and Computer
Associates, and they all have Web services management on their road maps,
basically over the next 18 to 24 months. So we definitely see that as being the
window of opportunity for some of the smaller players to become
Bloomberg believes that most of the smaller vendors and start-ups that
survive in the emerging Web services management market will end up partnering or
being acquired by the big players.
He added that two-thirds of the vendors ZapThink researched are focused on
Service-oriented Management with products that not only manage Web services but
also enable development of Service-oriented Architectures.
As an example of smaller vendors with a strong focus on Service-oriented
Management, Bloomberg pointed to Infravio Inc., Redwood City, Calif. (http://www.Infravio.com) and its Web Services
Management System (WSMS).
''Infravio's focus is on life-cycle management, which means provisioning and
rolling out Web services, handling different versions of Web services in
production and Service-oriented Architecture enablement,'' the analyst said.
''That last category we see as being the key set of functionality that these
companies can offer. Service-oriented Architecture basically means taking
fine-grain atomic Web services -- like those you get when you wrap legacy data
sources with SOAP wrappers -- and providing a level of abstraction on top of
them to offer coarse-grained business Web services, and doing that in an
enterprise class manner. It means offering the location independence,
scalability, redundancy and all the management infrastructure you need to offer
these coarse-grained, loosely coupled Web services, so that the enterprise both
internal and among its business partners can actually use them for
Additional information on the ZapThink report entitled ''Service-Oriented
Management: How Web Services are the Key to the Service-Oriented Architecture''
is available at http://ZapThink.com.
Rich Seeley is Web Editor for Campus Technology.