Web Services ManagementBy Brian P. Watson Print
Something's wrong with your Web services—and you probably don't know it yet. That's what can happen when businesses expose applications without deploying tools to manage and monitor their performance.
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Web Services Management: Performance Check
What It Is: Software tools that monitor and manage run-time performance and security of Web services—Web applications based on eXtensible Markup Language (XML) or Simple Object Access Protocol (SOAP) that allow companies to exchange data with customers and partners.
Key Players*: Actional (owned by Progress Software), AmberPoint, BEA Systems, CA, IBM, Mercury Interactive (owned by Hewlett-Packard), Oracle, SOA Software, Tibco, webMethods
What's Happening: While the open-environment concepts of Web services and service-oriented architecture have gained popularity in recent years, companies have been slower to adopt third-party tools to manage their performance. A market formerly dominated by pure-play providers like Actional and AmberPoint has been crowded with big-name software players like CA, IBM and Oracle.
Market Size: $1.02 billion in Web services systems infrastructure software market, which includes Web services management, in 2005 (IDC).
Expertise Online: Check out "5 Web Services Lessons Learned" at go.baselinemag.com/Oct06.
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