Web Services and Service-Oriented Architectures: The Savvy Manager's Guide

Author: Douglas K. Barry
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ISBN: 1558609067
Publisher: Morgan Kaufmann (01 April, 2003)
Edition: Paperback
Sales Rank: 2,609
Average Customer Rating: 4.1 out of 5

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Rating: 5 out of 5
5 Stars from the author of _XML:A Manager's Guide_
As a fellow author of a book targeted at managers, I feel that I have a pretty good understanding of their needs. Doug has done an admirable job of meeting these needs for Web services. This is a book for managers that want to have sucessful Web services projects.

Doug starts by motivating the need for Web services with a utopian view of a near future business trip. Then he gives a thorough account of Web services technology basics at a level that even managers whose technical days are long in the past can understand. He ties this account back to the utopian business trip, showing how Web services overcome the technical obstacles to making it a reality.

This book really shines in its extensive treatment of how managers can make their Web services projects successful. As a technologist, I have a tendency to underestimate the impact of "soft" project management issues, but Doug has not made this mistake. His years of experience clearly show through in his thoughtful and comprehensive treament of the forces pushing managers to use Web services, the potential obstacles to project completion, and how to overcome them.

Rating: 5 out of 5
Just Right For Management Types
Frankly, I feel that some reviewers misunderstand the purpose of this book. In my opinion, for the right person, this book is a gem! Any of us who have had the challenge of explaining new and difficult concepts to managers who left technology back in the COBOL days or never were technologists should be grateful.

As technologists, we forget just how much intimidating jargon we use and how many underlying assumptions we make when we explain things. As a software architect once said to me, "if I had more time, I'd make it simple." Clearly Barry has taken on the challenge of making it simple, and such efforts are incredibly valuable.

Rating: 1 out of 5
Total disappointment
Some of the Web services concepts presented on this book is very vague and confusing to say the least and I looked forward to an easy ramp up of my understanding by whom better than the author themselves. I'm unsure why this failed to happen - either the author do not wish to impart his deep knowledge of his understanding on Web services to the wider community or he don't possess the knowledge and skills to do Web services.

There is nothing in this book for you to get on Web services. It's better to take look at web services product brochures and other articles on the net than reading this disappointing book.

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