IBM fuels web services push

IBM is expanding the number of technical centres dedicated to helping corporate users create web services as well as identify...

IBM is expanding the number of technical centres dedicated to helping corporate users create web services as well as identify solutions to individual problems.
The company now has in place more than 1,000 software engineers applying wb services standards across the breadth of  its server-based applications, with a particular focus on WebSphere.

The design centres, located in Dallas, Singapore and Paris, typically work with several hundred of the company's larger corporate accounts to create customised but integrated solutions. Integrated Industry Solutions include a solution design and prototype which takes advantage of web services.

Branch Transformation in Banking and Model for e-Government Transformation in Government are two of the IBM's most recent examples of web services-enabled frameworks aimed at specific vertical industries.

IBM added that the number of developers working on web services applications through its SpeedStart for Developers program has passed the 40,000 mark. Company officials estimate that these efforts will result in more than 1,200 web services that will be available through IBM's DeveloperWorks website.

“We believe web services has moved beyond the hype and tyre-kicking stages and into live production at thousands of customers' locations,” said Michael Liebow, vice president of web services at IBM Global Services.

“The necessary standards are in place and IBM is now getting down to the hard work of helping customers leverage web services to transform their businesses."

IBM officials said Visa's latest project, called Resolve Online, makes it possible for banks to resolve chargebacks over the internet, resulting in an improved and faster dispute-resolution cycle over its network, which has 21,000 members and 396 million cardholders worldwide.

Sara Garrison, senior vice president at Visa technology company Inovant, said, "The initial value of web services is improved information flow. The bigger-picture benefit is that web services is changing the way Inovant does business and the way it exchanges information with its customers.”

Ed Scannell writes for InfoWorld

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