Although there are multiple products that could fit within the Web services space, the three main ones that Butler Group sees as being of interest are the WebSphere Application Server, which is the cornerstone of the WebSphere Platform, the extensions available in WebSphere Studio for the development and deployment of Web services, and the WebSphere Portal Server for the bringing of aggregated Web services to the user desktop.
Although the extensions provided to take into account Web service requirements are strong, there is still the tight integration into the WebSphere platform that is both a benefit and a disadvantage. For those organisations that are on the WebSphere trail, then the Web service enablers will be of great benefit. However, there is still a concern about proprietary systems for other users.
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