International Journal of Web and Grid Services
ISSN (printed): 1741-1106. ISSN (electronic): 1741-1114.
Web services are developing to provide declarative interfaces to services offered by systems on the Internet. They include messaging protocols, standard interfaces and directory services, as well as security layers, for efficient and effective business application integration. Typical application areas are business-to-business integration, business process integration and management, content management, and design collaboration. Currently, Grid computing has emerged as a global platform to support organisations for coordinated sharing of distributed data, applications, and processes. Grid computing has also started to leverage web services to define standard interfaces for business services like business process outsourcing, a higher level outsourcing model of e-business on demand. Service orientation of the Grid makes it a promising platform for seamless and dynamic development, integration and deployment of service-oriented applications. IJWGS proposes and fosters discussion on web and grid service technology with a focus on its application, emphasising issues of architecture, implementation, and standardisation. This perspective acknowledges the complexity and challenges developers currently faced with when designing and deploying web service based solutions on the grids.
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