Review: StrikeIron Web Services Business Network
StrikeIron Web Services Business Network
free with a la carte pricing
Durham, North Carolina
With the launch of the StrikeIron Web Services Business Network,
StrikeIron is trying to position themselves as a key part of
commercializing Web services. You can get started with many of their
offerings for free, and then move into the paid portions as and when you
need to do so.
For starters, you'll find a Web services directory here. Yes, there are
other online directories out there, but StrikeIron have pulled together
Web services listings from a variety of these, and let you search the
resulting list by keyword. They've also added some interesting features
for using and testing the services when you find them. You can examine
the WSDL for the Web service, test it immediately, look at historical
availability statistics, or monitor the current availability of the
Web service. The last two come from StrikeIron doing frequent tests
across their entire database to see which services are up or down at any
You can also submit your own Web services to the directory, and there's
a Knowledge Base that associates annotations with any information in the
WSDL file; over time, they're hoping that the Knowledge Base evolves
into a vendor-populated detailed help for each Web service.
When you register, you can start to look at the premium services. Chief
among these is a set of Premium Web services with per-use pricing. For
example, StrikeIron is reselling address verification, real-time (not
delayed) stock quotes, do not call list entries, and detailed local
sales tax rates. You can buy a block of any of these services and then
use them online when you need them.
Other premium services include Web services hosting and private
directories, which let you make your own Web services available to only
selected subscribers instead of to the whole world. They'll also help
you to commercialize your own information into a premium Web service.
The site is easy to use, and the extra features make it an attractive
alternative to some of the other free directories out there. While
you're checking out the offerings, take a look at the premium services -
you just might find something that you can use. You can even get a free
trial of the premium services.