Web services offer new opportunities to Web developers such as yourself. As you work on enabling Web services in your organization, it is essential you keep two issues in mind:
You can deploy Web services to automate existing processes, but it will be more advantageous to look for new opportunities that Web services enable.
Proprietary, closed systems do not mix well with Web services. In this brave new world of open access to information, the most benefits are derived from open systems.
The next chapter begins the discussion of how to build Web services.