On one hand, some archrivals (e.g., Microsoft, IBM, and Oracle) are becoming strange bedfellows, while, on the other hand, the others (e.g., Microsoft and Sun) remain set on irreconcilable differences between their technology camps. What are users to do when torn between the hype/promise of Web services and the fear of being outrun by events?
point of entry for locating and accessing technical information, tools, support, and community interaction. Market Impact There seem to be the following two underlying issues preying on the user organizations' minds: How real is the concept of Web services?, and Which technology camp should we pledge the allegiance to? In simple terms, Web Services are content and software components delivered over the Internet using loosely coupled messaging methods, mostly Extensible Markup Language (XML) interfaces,