Web Services are Open standard (XML, SOAP) based applications that exchange data over the internet. Any application, system, or language which can exchange an XML message can implement Web Services. In other words, Web Services can also refer to technology that’s delivered to a consumer or business over the Internet. Typically, that’s done by a software company such as Fulcrum Design, LLc that sells software to its customers as a monthly, pay-as-you-go service, rather than sending disks and installation instructions. Examples of web services include tools such as Mobile Matradee, a restaurant pager system using text and voice messaging over the internet (no coaster pagers required). Another example is queuing systems such as Queue Mobile, a virtual waiting line management system that uses SMS messaging in lieu of physical waiting lines. As web services, clients can simply login to the software via a broad band internet connection and a web browser, no hardware required.
Web Services effectively eliminate the need for
- maintaining additional hardware and software.
- Web Services are available anywhere in the world an internet connection is present.
- Web Services eliminate the need to learn other organization’s IT Infrastructures.
- Web Services can connect new possibilities to any part of your organization, using any language, or any operating system.
- Web Services can be implemented in hours or days compared to months using traditional implementation methods.
Who uses Web Services?
Any entity that wishes to exchange data between systems without having to standardize systems or invest vast sums to engineer interfaces with multiple systems should use Web Services. Google, Fulcrum Design, IBM, Microsoft, Yahoo, HP, Dell, Amazon and thousands more use Web Services every day.
How do I use Web Services?
Ask yourself where Web Services could benefit your company. Will automatic reminder phone calls or text alerts help customer retention? Will my company save money on postage and returned mail if we standardize all of our customer data? The main attraction to ‘Web Services’ is the fact that they are so easy for IT departments to implement into existing applications. Make your IT department or IT outsourcing company aware that there is a value by using Web Services. Looking for a unique solution, our programmers can develop a web solution that meets your needs at an affordable price. Visit us at www.fulcrumdesignllc.com
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