New Development Tools for Web Services Help to Facilitate Secure, Integrated Systems
By harnessing the power of Microsoft's Web Services Enhancements version 2.0 (WSE) for Microsoft .NET, the Ohio State University Medical Center was able to securely and efficiently expose information for access by desktop and smart device-based applications.WSE is a key element of Microsoft's Web services strategy that can simplify the development of secure Web services that span organizational boundaries and trust domains.
A supported add-in to Visual Studio .NET, WSE 2.0 provides developers with the tools to create secure Web services using the latest protocol specifications, including the recently ratified Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards (OASIS) standard for WS-Security.
Information Bridge Framework Brings Web Services to Office
WSE 2.0 works in concert with another new addition to Microsoft's Web services offering, Microsoft Office Information Bridge Framework 1.0. Information Bridge Framework is an integrated set of tools that uses eXtensible Markup Language (XML) and Web services to enable information workers to view and act on enterprise business data from within familiar Microsoft Office System programs.
The Information Bridge architecture enables in-house developers and IT staff to build solutions that provide information workers with access to data such as sales numbers, inventory figures, customer information and other business data via Web services. This information can be viewed directly within the 2003 versions of Word, Excel or Outlook. In addition, ISV partners can extend their products to Microsoft Office System by exposing them as Web services that can be consumed by Information Bridge Framework. This enables them to expand the footprint of their solutions within an enterprise and make their products more valuable and strategic to customers.
EDGAR Online Inc., which provides direct access to financial information on more than 12,000 public companies, is using WSE 2.0 and a tool from Microsoft to create and consume XBRL -- an open, XML industry standard language desiged as a means for companies to report financial data -- to transmit XBRL financial statement data from EDGAR Online's subscription financial analysis service, EDGAR Online Pro, to Excel 2003. This allows investors and analysts to use EDGAR Online's financial information for analysis directly on their desktop.
"With WSE 2.0, there is specific support for asynchronous documents, which need to be built and generated. If we think about the end-user in this scenario, there is the potential for thousands of analysts and others in the financial community to save countless hours by allowing them to open up Excel, click on a tool and, via Web Services, obtain the financial data they need," says Stefan Chopin, chief technology officer for EDGAR Online.
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